Fashion Trend Alert: Checkers

Checkers and gingham have been updated with bright colors and modern cuts—meaning they’re no longer relegated to the farm. The trends been spotted on Reese Witherspoon, Ashlee Simpson and Lauren Conrad, and we have to say, they all look pretty cute and comfortable in their loose, button-down shirts and jeans. The bright color trend of the summer, of course, is translated to the checker trend, but you can go with the classic black and white if you want to keep it traditional. You can wear the checkered shirt with jeans like Reese, or other bottoms like skirts, twill pants, and even khakis. Checkers don’t have to be relegated to tops though—we like it on dresses, purses, socks, and more. Just make sure to limit your checkers to one piece, or you’ll look like the tiled floor of a 1950’s diner.

Rock Steady Checker Picnic Halter Top dress, via, $49.99. This pink and white dress is a blast from the past, complete with a full skirt and a smart collar.

GAP sleeveless checkered ruffle top,, $34.99. The pattern on this shirt is more subtle, since the ruffles already add a sweet embellishment.

GAP checkered popover dress, $58.00. We’d throw this on every day if it wasn’t a fashion faux pas—we can pair it with all sorts of accessories!

The checkered racerback tank from Forever 21 ($9.80) channels the rockstar vibe that checkers can sometimes give.

We’ve written about the popularity of scarves already—“check” this one out from Urban Outfitters, $24.00. It’s in the men’s section, but who will know? Wrap it around your neck, your head, or loop it through your purse.

This checkered canvas tote comes in pink, green, or black. If you’re a fashionista who takes baby steps into a trend, check out this bag, since the pattern isn’t as intense. $38.95.

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