If it ain't broke, don't fix it – a sentiment that rings true with the traditional print that is the checker.

Don't be fooled though, just because it is one of the oldest patterns in the book doesn't mean designers will cease to keep you interested in it, taking what you like and are familiar with and bending it into new shapes.

On tops, bottoms, and accessories, the motif will add color and dimension to one's outfit without overpowering the wearer or overwhelming the spectator, for occasion-spanning outfits that are neither too crazy nor too casual.

Check out a handful of our recs below.

INCOTEX Checked Polo

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IncotexChecked Cotton Polo Shirt
Buy at Mr Porter

Similar to the theme of this article, the polo, too, is a staple that may surge and wane in popularity, but never really leaves a good rotation of mainstays. Rarely, however, do these two classics cross over, like in this cotton knit version.

DRAKE'S Checked Shirt

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Drake'sOff-White & Green Check Shirt
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Checkers tend to fall under the geometric graphics umbrella, even though they mustn't. This short sleeve button up is case-in-point for how to give a playful makeover to a beloved fixture of closets and symmetry.

Rick Owens Gingham Flannel

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Rick OwensChecked Cotton Flannel Shirt
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If even the Lord of Darkness can't resist this season's hottest design, you know something's afoot.

Acne Studios Checked Shorts

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Acne StudiosCotton Twill Checked Shorts
Buy at Luisaviaroma

One trend – plaid – meets another – short shorts – in these faux-underwear boxers.

Burberry Checked Tote

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BurberryCheck Tote
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You know we can't talk about any of this without mentioning Burberry, right? This time, their trademark tartan covers a large tote, and becomes an irresistible spring/summer accessory.

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