The Ultimate Summer Check List

If anything screams summer, it's gingham. Here are the pieces to get acquainted with right now.

When it comes to fashion there are certain prints that have managed to withstand time, and gingham is one of them. It prevailed on Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, in the 1940s and 1950s wardrobes of Katharine Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot, respectively, and it even took a memorable turn on the catwalk at Versace in 1994. This season, it was more prevalent a pattern than ever—worn regularly by It Girls the world over, from Olivia Palermo to Hanneli Mustaparta—and it hasn't lost any of its appeal.

Here, a round-up of the best gingham pieces to shop now. Time to bring your summer wardrobe into check.

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J.Crew's two-tone, tie-up block heels are the perfect accent for a summer dress or jeans.

Charlotte Gingham Poplin Sandals by J. Crew, $240,

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If a full gingham look seems a little much, incorporate a simple piece—like a sleeveless blouse, perhaps—into your outfit.

Gingham Poplin Top, $26,

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Marni's mini skirt has 24-hour appeal. Wear it to a summer BBQ lunch that, before you know it, has become dinner.

Gingham Mini Skirt by Marni, $560,

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Channel French actress Brigitte Bardot or Alexa Chung in an off-the-shoulder dress.

Bardot Off-the-Shoulder Gingham Cotton Mini Dress by Caroline Constas, $395,

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Sand, surf, and gingham—a triptych from heaven, as far as we're concerned.

Gingham Swimsuit by Solid & Striped, $168,

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A cool-girl take on the classic motif, in the form of skater shoes.

Twill & Gingham Old Skool Vans, $65,

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Looking for an affordable piece you can wear over and over again this summer? Topshop's cut-out top should do the trick.

Gingham Cold Shoulder Shirt, $65,

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Not too big, not too small: Just right. A mini backpack is key for carrying your true essentials in style.

Small Gingham Leather Backpack by Kara, $336,

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