Who would suspect that Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz would be such a trendsetter! The hottest pattern of the season, gingham, is sweeping the stores in the form of shirt dresses, tennis shoes and nail stickers. This versatile print works just as well in the office as it does on the beach, and I suspect more than a few pieces will pop up at Derby parties this May. Check out the different options I have come up with, and choose your checker!

This checkered workhorse can go from day to night, suburbs to city in seconds flat. Tuck this adorable shirt into (1) a white pencil skirt for a relaxed yet sleek look. Take it to the beach by using it as a cover up over a striped (2) or polka dot suit. Hit the laid-back vibe by knotting it above a pair of cut-offs (3), or kick up the flirt factor by pulling a high waist skater skirt (4) over it. You can also go east coast with a pair of white capri pants (5).
You know a print has staying power when both mass retailers and top name designers incorporate it into their spring lines. Kate Spade Spring 2013 screams picnic- literally. In addition to the fun items above, she also includes a picnic basket and blanket. The sneakers are a collaboration with Keds- a perfect pair for the daily commute!
Target brought the basics with an adorable swimsuit. The bow detail on the top and sides of the bottoms adds a sweet touch to this slightly retro print. A classic fedora with a checkered twist is the perfect addition to a summertime look, and the tie front blouse takes the guesswork out of how to style it!
How will you be wearing gingham this spring?