Spring is a great time to play with fabrics, and this season’s runway was filled with plenty of pattern inspiration. One of the most notable pattern trends right now is gingham, a fabric known for its characteristic checkered pattern. Though the print dates back to the mid 18th century, gingham is hotter than ever right now.

This Fashionisto sports the gingham trend with a classic button-down. The stripes on his shirt are a mid blue and light gray, but there are myriad color options out there to choose from. You really can’t go wrong with this wardrobe staple, so button-downs are a safe way for you to experiment with both color and pattern. I really like the way this Fashionisto keeps his outfit somewhat monochromatic with pants in a slightly darker blue.

The pattern is a classic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to spruce it up with modern twists. Try out a bright color now that the dreary winter has gone away. Designers are also playing with the size of the stripes, which can be subtle as pictured or very contrasting. Since the pattern has been around so long, you can keep your gingham button-downs in your closet without worrying that they will go out of style.

Ladies have a little bit of more freedom to experiment with this pattern through tops, skirts and accessories. Get ready to skip down the yellow brick road in this Natasha Zinko dress or add some sass to your step in these bold checkered bottoms. If you aren’t ready to fully commit to a gingham outfit, pair this twisted headscarf with distressed jeans and a casual top.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “If you’re looking to define your style, try something classic before stepping out into something more risky. Checkered and thinly striped button-down shirts are a great place to start with solid-colored pants. Match your belt, shoes and watch color for a crisp, well-defined look. If you want to get fashion-forward, start with socks: stripes, argyle, polka-dots—whatever. They add a fun element to a classic look.”