Check Mate: 7 ways to wear the season's updated gingham

This year, picnic-ready prints get a sophisticated makeover with grown-up gingham that looks both sweet and strong. This iconic pattern is a summertime go-to for celebrities like Jessica Alba, Rihanna, Diane Kruger and Rachel Bilson, who keep their style in check with ladylike skirts, fitted jackets and layering basics.

Diane von Furstenberg and Michael Kors showed gingham in their spring/summer collections.

Princess Beatrice wore an embellished twist on the retro-inspired check, while designers Oscar de la Renta, Altuzarra, Michael Kors and Diane von Furstenberg leveraged gingham’s graphic edge – mixing elements like sheer layers, raw hems, embellished overlays and daring slits – for a look that’s anything but juvenile. Rihanna rocked a fitted Altuzarra suit with a daring slit and raw-edged trim at a M.A.C event, while Jessica represented her Honest Company in a CEO-worthy Michael Kors gingham skirt and airy chambray top.

We've rounded up seven of the best modern gingham pieces to try this summer, from a skirt with floral organza overlay to a too-cute clutch.

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