Take a cue from the globe's most stylish men this season and adopt a wardrobe which favours crossing lines, because right now it's so hip to be square. 


It's official. Checks have checked in for their place on the list of this season's most coveted trends. But, despite having four sides this trend is anything but square.

From micro checks for fans of the small details, to statement-making oversized window pane check, we've checked off every style of check that you should know about for the season ahead. So whichever variety of this pattern you prize, there's sure to be a square which suits your style.



As its name suggests, the window pane check is unmissable. Named with reference to its similarity (in size and nature) to window panes, this large pattern varies in subtlety depending on the thickness of each line. Beloved of the late Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor, this classic pattern has been given a modern makeover for AW13 and appears on everything from sharply-cut blazers to cosy overcoats.

On Reiss: Opt for our Miles overcoat in chocolate or our Derby double breasted blazer in grey to ensure that your checks take centre stage. And, if you're feeling particularly bold, don't be afraid to mix and match your checks to dapper effect.


More formally know as Glen plaid, Prince of Wales check is one of menswear's most enduring pattern staples. Typically rendered in muted or monochromatic tones, this check is a workwear favourite. Comprised from irregular checks, the pattern works best as part of a dapper ensemble or when used to add a sartorial sensibility to one of your off-duty looks.

On Reiss: Keeping the Prince of Wales check classic, our Orchid  coat combines an iconic double breasted silhouette and restrained palette with a larger than usual manifestation of the design. It's ideal for striking an elegant balance between tradition and trend.


Make a subtler sartorial suggestion with the smallest of squares. Micro checks provide a barely-there take on the trend, and are ideal for adding pattern and textural contrast.


On Reiss: Try Dove in berry or Liverpool in light grey and up your sartorial game with intricate pattern. These checks may not be loud, but they're certain to make a big impression.