so yes, this year, trends aren’t quite what they usually are and no longer seem to hold a great significance within the fashion industry at large. But there is one that seems to stand the test of time no matter what is thrown our way. There are certain prints that hold a timeless and enduring power, possessing all-year-round MVP status as opposed to fleeting trends that pop onto the scene every few years, disappearing just as quickly as they came. Checks, without a doubt, tick the former box.
Above all else, checks are versatile and adaptable; if styled in a certain way, they can give an outfit an effortlessly cool punk edge, yet on the other side of the coin, they can equally look elegant and classy, with a Chanel-esque aesthetic. The potential for variation is vast, whether checks are worn head-to-toe or contrasted with pretty much any colour, the possibilities are endless. From tartan, to gingham and houndstooth, all check styles are up for grabs, making much more of a statement than checks of years past. The print has been given a vibrant makeover this season, appearing in a whole spectrum of colours across all brands, styles and price points.
It’s time to welcome into your wardrobe one of this year’s biggest trends. The ‘shacket’ is essentially an oversized shirt-jacket hybrid that’s currently blowing up social media and reigning supreme at all our favourite high-street shops. The best thing about them is that they are the absolute perfect layering piece throughout autumn, winter and spring, which means they offer great utility and a real bang for your buck. They’re substantially thicker than your average shirt, but more lightweight than a winter coat, so you can easily throw one over a casual t-shirt on warmer days, or layer over a polo-neck jumper when the chill sets in, with little effort required on both fronts. I’ve bagged myself a couple of them already!
BLAZERS & COATS
Checked coats and blazers will forever be some of my favourite staple pieces. They possess one of the strongest desk-to-drinks abilities; looking smart and put-together but also slick and cool. The simplest outfits are often the most reliable, especially during autumn, where the weather can shift pretty drastically in a matter of hours. If you’re looking for a fail-safe combo, look no further than your favourite pair of jeans, some heeled boots, a muted polo neck or knit, and a checked blazer or longline wool coat. You can’t go wrong!
Still on the outerwear topic, but shifting gears a little, puffer jackets have emerged as the winter item of the past few years, and this year’s checked iterations have an innate ability to inject a dose of fun and funk to any outfit. I have a feeling I’ll be living in mine over the next few months.
They can give an outfit an effortlessly cool punk edge.
As far as autumn outfit formulas go, there’s nothing quite as easy to chuck on as the classic jeans, boots and a jumper combo. I’m a huge advocate of simplicity and wearability, and tend to live in knit jumpers through autumn and winter, mixing in a rotation of my favourites alongside various pairs of comfy jeans in muted colour palettes. It’s an outfit that can take you seamlessly from Sunday brunch, right to a cosy dinner, but an interesting check print thrown into the mix will add a little something to an otherwise plain look.
SKIRTS & TROUSERS
From work-appropriate cigarette pants to punk rock miniskirts, checked trousers and skirts have been on the scene for a good few seasons now, and aren’t going anywhere in a hurry. When temperatures drop to a certain level, it can be all too easy to lean on the same outfits day in day out; I know I definitely do. But just because autumn and winter call for more sensible choices doesn’t mean you have to spend the next six months in dull and uninspiring outfits. Spice things up a bit by switching up your fave old pair of skinny jeans with some colourful checked trousers, and for a night out or dinner, consider a cute tartan skirt (don’t forget the tights on chillier days), paired with a sleek roll neck and contrasting checked blazer.