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Forget any preppy connotations as checks and gingham get a modern update this season.

I have lost count of the number of women who have declared to me that they are addicted to stripes. Needless to say, there are many. J Crew even declared 9th April as National Stripes Day. I understand why; they are the quick fix that adds interest to almost any outfit, a true classic, and limitlessly versatile. Arguably, checks and gingham should hold the same appeal. But is the all-American summer-picnic-basket print, just too, well, neat and prim and girlish to hold any real fashion credibility?

Designers this season don’t seem to think so, with everyone from Altuzarra to Rosie Assouline, Attico, Prada and Miu Miu reinventing the heritage classic. The interpretations veered from the slightly kitsch to the super cool-girl, and I, for one, am a fan.

Sonia Rykiel's check trench coat was a favourite from the moment I first saw it in the Resort 17 showroom almost a year ago (being a buyer requires a great deal of patience when it comes to your personal wardrobe); its long line silhouette, slightly oversized shape and exaggerated cuff ties give it an easy undone attitude, perfect for throwing over monochromatic basics.

Turns out, it's hip to be square.

Above wearing: Sonia Rykiel trench coat, Iris & Ink cashmere sweater, Gap slim pants, Mark Cross 'Grace' bag, Nicholas Kirkwood 'Beya' flats

Personal StyleLisa Aiken