1. Team them with contrasting pieces in dark colours, or pick one shade from the check and use that for accessories. Checks can be a really pretty colour for skater dresses, and match shoes and accessories with one shade.
2. If you have a smaller frame, you're probably better to stick to smaller gingham type prints. Gingham is traditionally woven in two colours but you can jazz it up by wearing a gingham skirt with a floral print top - it doesn't matter if prints and colours clash this summer.
3. If a whole outfit is too much of a good thing for you opt for a top with a panel of checked fabric. For example a black and white checked bodice but sleeves and yoke in plain black. If you just want to add a touch of checked fabric there are even checked loafers and plimsolls around this year.
4. For smarter occasions, a plain skirt suit can be brought up to date by wearing it with a blouse in a hounds tooth check. Perhaps a black and white check, adding scarlet shoes and a bag for a splash of colour.