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How to wear checks: Beginner
Summer 2013 runway trend inspiration: Picnic-perfect gingham scarves at Marc by Marc Jacobs; woven basket-style handbags at Fendi.
How to wear it: Wrap a funky-patterned check scarf (think purple and tangerine) around hair to wear as an Audrey Hepburn-style headscarf when spending the afternoon outdoors. Or tie around the waist as a colourful swimsuit cover-up.
Pair it with: A checkerboard-printed accessory is your perfect personality piece to add on to any outfit—any occasion this summer. Pack a black-and-white handbag for lying out at the park in your blue jeans on a Saturday afternoon, and swap in your LBD and heels at night.
Checkmate: Keep you’re chips in order—we’re just getting started!
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How to wear checks: Novice
The 3-D dress
Summer 2013 runway trend inspiration: Skirt dresses (and matching cropped jackets) that Bridget Bardot would be proud of at Chanel; boxy, holographic print sundresses at Derek Lam.
How to wear it: A bold allover print in a summer dress looks perfectly statement-worthy with a leather ankle strap flat sandal in a neutral tone. Make it your night look by swapping in pair of Kate Middleton-approved nude pumps.
Pair it with: A patterned cropped jacket in a different size check than the dress underneath to play up the contrast. Perfect for slipping on at an outdoor summer wedding when night falls and the cooler temperature sets.
Checkmate: Black and white and checks all over, now you’re ready to play!
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The sheer check
Summer 2013 runway trend inspiration: A tangerine check-on-skin print at Marni; sheer overlay print dresses at Sportmax
How to wear it: For a barely there look, wear a nude bra and let the checks fall where they may. Or add a nude or white camisole for a chic office look, minus the blushing second glances.
Pair it with: A heel that matches the colour of the weave pattern—go for a gunmetal grey stiletto if the dress has silver or studded embellishments. Or try a sophisticated grunge take and pair a pastel and sheer check T-shirt with a Scottish tartan plaid bottom.
Checkmate: A whispery soft formal look or an edgy and mismatched downtown twist? Your move.
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The skirt suit
Summer 2013 runway trend inspiration: An oh-so-mod black and white (and lime and lemon) checkerboard-printed suit at Louis Vuitton; matching houndstooth blazer and mini-skirt at Michael Kors.
How to wear it: Offset the boldness of an endless checkered pattern with a delicate bow headpiece as seen at Louis Vuitton. For added punch, don a check handbag in a similar colour palette.
Pair it with: Hands down, the skirt suit is at its sleekest when paired with a pointy toe pump in a metallic shade. Add a gilded ear cuff or floral statement necklace to take this look late into the night.
Checkmate: Winner! You’ve played this game before, haven’t you?
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