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Back to square one

Gingham checks always look great in the good ol' summertime. Combinations of red and white or navy and white are classic and well-suited to backyard barbecues.

Feeling boxed in? Pastels and brights give you plenty of other choices.

Check them out.

Lemonade days

These cups are part of the American Summer gingham collection. A pack of eight costs less than $2 at Party City,


American woman

Life's a picnic in a pintuck checked top with tie front. Regularly priced about $25 at Old Navy,


Little bit country

Rise with the roosters after a good night's sleep on cotton gingham sheets from the Mary Jane's Home collection. Sold in sets and originally priced from $100 at the Bon-Ton,


Beach party

Goodbye, polka dots! Hello, checks. Bikini halter top and skirted bottom cost about $20 each. At Old Navy,


Seconds, please

A gingham pattern borders a ceramic dinner plate from LivingQuarters. Originally priced at $16 each at the Bon-Ton,