While exiting her Manhattan apartment this morning, Katie Holmes taught us a valuable lesson in gingham. Before we get to it, let's quickly dissect gingham. First, it can look a little like those red-and-white tablecloths people use at picnics, and second, it can scream a little too prep girl. But inject it with the right accoutrements like Katie did, and bam, gingham instantly flips a switch. We love how Katie tucked her red-and-white gingham blouse into a pair of wide-leg jeans and wore taupe booties on her feet. Those pieces lent '70s cool to the whole look. But what we love most is that the actress topped her gingham with a black anorak, which gave utilitarian edge. She then finished off with a Jennifer Meyer "S" initial necklace, for Suri naturally. To get Katie's cool gingham look, shop similar pieces below.