5 Ways to Try Checks

A more grown-up, sophisticated version of its close cousin, plaid, classic checkers dominated the pre-fall collections.

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Think of it as the slightly more grown-up, sophisticated version of its close cousin, plaid. Classic checkered patterns were all over the pre-fall collections. Here, we paired a simple Isabel Marant tee ($210 at LaGarconne) with Thakoon's cropped white trousers ($590 at LaGarconne) and Zara's simple black smoking slippers ($35.90 at Zara). Chloe's elegant grey checked coat ($3,455 at Net-a-Porter ) gives the look a little extra polish.
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Comfy and cool, we paired Forever21's checkered leggings ($16 at Forever21) with a classic chambray shirt from Marc by Marc Jacobs ($198 at Net-a-Porter). A lightweight white sweater by Phillip Lim is a perfect summer layering piece ($575 at LaGarconne), and pointy-toed loafers ($110 at Topshop) make the look just dressy enough to wear to work.
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This ultra-feminine ensemble orients around Jason Wu's chic checkered dress ($1,495 at Net-a-Porter) and Topshop's gauzy white blazer ($260 at Topshop). For a pop of color, we added suede pumps from J.Crew ($245 at J.Crew) while a modern gold cuff ($20 at Topshop) lends the look an arty appeal.
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They may seem strictly "fall-ready" fare, but checkered looks can be plenty summer. We tried Jonathan Saunders' yellow-checked pullover ($745 at Net-a-Porter) with a trim khaki pencil skirt ($250 at J.Crew) and Zara's splashy magenta platforms ($70 at Zara). Retro-style sunnies from Madewell ($50 at Madewell) add a sexy, Joan Holloway swagger.
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Likewise, a sleeveless checkered shirt by Malene Birger ($64 at MyTheresa) feels fresh and summery with a white pleated skirt ($64 at Topshop) and black leather booties ($208 at Madewell). Baggu's simple black leather bucket bag ($140 at Baggu) is exactly the right size for stashing daily essentials.
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