Summer fashion that's inspired by picnic season

Independence Day marks the peak of picnic season. An idyllic mix of innocence, romance and adventure, this traditional summer outing transports us to a time when life was far less complicated. And now the carefree, sunny feeling of a picnic celebration translates into fashion.

Gingham, the quintessential picnic pattern, captures the alfresco spirit and so do new fruit prints and embellishments, retro-inspired styles, zesty color and sparks of whimsy. Here are just a few new reasons to pack July picnics.

By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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