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Did you even quarantine if you didn’t wear tie dye sweatpants? Now that we’re six months deep into lockdown, the comfort we once found in psychedelic sweatpants is starting to wane. Sure, we still succumb to the oversaturated swirly splattered patterns like our lives depend on them, but like our sourdough starter, we’re starting to feel like maybe it’s time to move on. Luckily, a new it-print is already on the scene. Checkerboard knits, sneakers, and accessories have crept into our feeds, not so quietly telling us that there’s a new look for the stay-at-home era. From luxury houses like Louis Vuitton to Instagram fashion brands, there’s a label for every budget and style. (Or if you’re feeling nostalgic, you can always pull out your sneakers from your skater phase.) Ahead, 18 ways to try the trend.

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1 Checkerboard Slip-On

Vans vans.com

$50.00

You can’t talk about checkerboard fashion without first dipping into your middle school skater girl archives. 

2 Ash Checked-Knit Cardigan

Stine Goya modaoperandi.com

$350.00

With a look straight out of a Scandinavian interior design showroom, this sweater also doubles as home decor. 

3 Dora Mule

no.6 no6store.com

$148.00

Step out (with mask) in this blue-and-white mule. 

4 Kokomo Pants

Holiday the Label holidaythelabel.com

A$225.00

Let the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon set it: you’re about to see these pants everywhere. 

5 Standard Bag

Baggu goodhoodstore.com

$20.00

You’ll never forget your reusable grocery bag again. 

6 Checkerboard Hoops

Kate Jones katejones.us

$160.00

If you’re a checkerboard skeptic, try this subtle take. 

7 Checker Signet Ring

Alison Lou alisonlou.com

$950.00

Alternatively, go for gold in this 14k stunner. 

8 Big Checks Braided Cardigan

Elder Statesman elder-statesman.com

$2,865.00

Disclaimer: you will receive a lot of well-deserved attention in this cardigan.  

9 Comfort Jacket

Collina Strada nordstrom.com

$595.00

This painterly take on checkerboard will instantly perk up your mood. 

10 Theresa Checkered Dress

Rotate modaoperandi.com

$300.00

Your Zoom happy hour just got a lot more interesting visually.  

11 Oscar Pant

Tyler McGillivary garmentory.com

$285.00

Opt for a neutral color combo with designer Tyler McGillivary, who has a cult following on Instagram.  

12 Checkered Jumpsuit

Off-White farfetch.com

$428.00

Channel David Bowie in this psychedelic second-skin look.

13 Oversized Jumper

MSGM farfetch.com

$475.00

Cozy sweater season is almost here, but that doesn’t mean you have to fall back on a boring cable knit. 

14 Harri Turtleneck Top

Nanushka net-a-porter.com

$180.00

Layer this under a trench coat and khakis for a ’70s vibe. 

15 Pawn Fleece

Sandy Liang sandyliang.info

$650.00

Sandy Liang’s fleece jackets are still going strong. This time, cop it in checkerboard. 

16 Giant Damier Waves Monogram Denim Pants

Louis Vuitton

$1,620.00

Nobody does designer checkerboard like Louis Vuitton. Here, its iconic Damier print gets the denim treatment.

17 Checked Mohair-Blend Cardigan

Miu Miu matchesfashion.com

$930.00

Share this cardigan with your grandpa. 

18 Code Flag Square Diamond Pendant Necklace

K Kane https://www.neimanmarcus.com

$435.00

Your dainty layered necklace game could use a little color. 

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