Worn as a co-ord, paired with casual separates or as an accent to your outfit, heritage patterns offer timeless sophistication. This season, the update is less country-casual and more contemporary, with oversized checks and loose silhouettes giving checks a fresh appeal. Dressed with leather or smartened with lace, these looks ticks all the boxes.
When it comes to wearing plaid, houndstooth and Prince Of Wales, think outside the box. These are the new ways to work checks into your wardrobe now.
Use Colour As A Contemporary Accent
If you’re looking to seamlessly blend checks into your seasonal wardrobe, adapt your styling around a signature piece. Add an accent colour to lift the look from classic to cool, choosing pieces that are in the same colour family as your principal pattern, this will help add a considered polish.
Toughen Up Your Look With Leather
It might seem like an unexpected pairing but traditional prints feel less formal when teamed with a touch of leather. To take the prim and proper sensibility away from a plaid pencil skirt, simply drape a biker jacket over your shoulders for a finish that feels fresh and youthful.
Add Feminine Flourish To A Co-Ord
As coordinated suiting is a borrowed-from-the-boys look, play with feminine contrasts to give it a softer edge. Textured lace breaks up the sharp effect of head-to-toe pattern, giving traditional tailoring a ladylike update.
Give Your Style An After-Hours Spin
With leather leggings and a sheer top, demure patterns become instantly more appealing for the evening. Trophy tailoring – especially in a traditional houndstooth - brings a formal feel to the styling that allows you to transition easily from work to drinks.