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How To Wear Gingham: 3 Ways To Update A Classic (PHOTOS)

03/28/2012 10:33 am ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

Checked patterns are a sign that spring has sprung, from red tablecloths laid down in the grass to preppy attire worn on the patio at the country club. And even if you're not at a picnic or the golf course this season, classic gingham is a fabric to wear anywhere and everywhere. Once a favorite pattern of icons like Jackie O and now a must-have for new muses like Kirsten Dunst, gingham has most recently been seen on techno fabrics and modern cuts from designers like Marc Jacobs and Jil Sander. It's not just for jumper dresses and button-downs anymore: gingham is a fun fabric to play with now, if you know the right way to do so. Here are three quick tips on how to wear it:

1. There's nothing wrong with an all over checked pattern, as long as it comes on something sharp and not over-the-top, like a tailored suit.

2. Use it as an accent piece. Try a gingham pencil skirt with a vintage tee or chambray shirt for a cool twist on a classic staple.

3. Gingham accessories are a great way to add punch to your outfit, especially with a bright blue checked clutch or shoe.

Take a look through the slideshow below to shop our favorite updated gingham pieces of the season.

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