Checks or plaids are the generic term given to fabric which resembles the traditional Scotland tartans. Checks are like the new whites as they take you to the pinnacle of sophistication instantly. Emblematic with work wear, mixing them well in an ensemble can be tricky. You do not have to take clues from mannequins on store fronts in this regard as there are a few simple rules that can help you master the trend.
If you are a beginner to this trend, start simple. When a piece of your ensemble is checkered then keep everything else in the solid spectrum. For example team a checkered pair of trousers with a plain shirt/t-shirt and a jacket if you prefer. To spice things up however you can always add tons of detailing. Choose a jacket with an elbow patch or wear a bold colored plain shirt with a bow-tie. While dressing down, say for a gig, simply lose the jacket and the bow-tie.
Mixing checks well can give you some really smart options. The rule of thumb is that the checks should belong to the same end of the spectrum. If you pick out a shirt with smaller checks for example, then your trousers should also be small checkered one. This avoids cluttering your look. You can mix jackets, shirts, t-shirts, trousers, ties and fedoras this way in a look. However do not overdo it, when you add a third fourth or a fifth element wear them solid, free of checks
It is ok to mix patterns. You can mix checks with stripes and prints. However while doing so keep in mind that it is best if the pattern is a self-pattern or in simple terms a camouflaged pattern. As a rule everything else you decide to wear should be solid. Minimalize the detailing and the accessorizing to avoid an overdose.
Lastly checks can be used as an accessory. When your ensemble is pattern free use them for detailing. For example pick up shirts which have small self-print checks on collars. Checkered pocket square on an otherwise plain shirt or t-shirt, shoes, fedoras, baseball caps briefcases and socks in plaids make smart accessories.
Do not be afraid to play with them as they can single handedly make you look like the smartest character to have walked out of the sets of Mad men or Boardwalk Empire.
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Article By: Smrithi Rao
I love taking photographs, chai, furry animals and fashion without fur. Work as a Computer Science Engineer so clearly with no frills. From being vintage-obsessed to finding the Future chic. I’m here to rescue you from making any fashion faux pas