Checks Galore

After my earlier Graphic Stripes trend blog the next big print for the Spring Summer season 2016 is the check trend, the High street is already a wash with checks galore. In particular check shirts which are far too plaid for my taste, I’ve made a concerted effort NOT to choose shirts for the pure reason that I think this trend is far more chic than trying to look like a lumberjack.

I feel that the trend is much easier to wear than say florals as the androgyny of it feels more chic with its clean lines and shapes.

Victoria Beckham and Celine featured checks in their runway shows, Victoria went with high impact monochrome checks with matchy matchy all white ensembles and Celine kept it muted with tone on tone checks. Both runways used the print in floaty farbics in more oversized volumous shapes such as wide leg trousers, culottes and flippy skirts.


Victoria Beckham SS16 Image courtesy of

Celine SS16 checks

Celine SS16 Image Courtesy of Pinterest.

Similar in tone but with an added splash of vibrant blue and yellow this Check shirt dress from Warehouse is pretty close to the colours featured by Celine. I do love a good shirt dress, they are so versatile and appropriate for most occasions be it work, rest or play. Personally I would style this with a less bulky boot that doesn’t come as far up the leg. The length of this boot combined with the length of the dress is shortening the models legs, something most normal height people (ie non models) would prefer to avoid.

Warehouse Check shirt dress

You don’t need to be super skinny to wear this trend, my recommendation is that if you are frightened that the horizontal detail within the check will widen you simply don’t wear it on a part of your body that you don’t want to widen. Simple! Instead wear the check on your favourite part of your body! The check will create a focal point within your outfit, thus drawing attention to this area. I always recommend that clients show off or create a focal point of their favourite parts of their body, psychologically you know that you are emphasising a bit of yourself that you love thus boosting your self esteem.

For those not in fear of the check trend and who like to make a bold statement, this coat from Mango will do the job. Available in brown and black seen here

Mango coat

or in blue and grey seen here below. Despite the belt featured above, this coat is best suited to someone with no definition to their waist as it has no shaping or structure due to its cocoon shape.

Mango 2

Oversized and volumous is the key to this trend, so when I spotted this sweatshirt in Zara it was a perfect interpretation of the trend.  I’d wear it with wide leg black culottes and flat loafers.

Zara Sweatshirt

I also loved the matchy matchy shorts and blouse for high summer.

Zara Matching top and shorts

Asos is still my favourite marketplace when it comes to a one stop mass shop, it was here that I saw the Boohoo Culottes and Jackets, you see being 40 I wouldn’t normally venture onto boohoo (as I fear its too young for me) but I’m sure you’ll agree these cute culottes for only £25 are chic and much more grown up than what you would expect from the brand.

Boohoo Culottes and jacket

Feeling bold and brave, fancy taking the trend head to toe try this Jumpsuit from Asos its a bargain at £38 you could wear it casually with bright white kicks or dressed up with some this season’s cage heels for the evening.

Asos jumpsuit

Its a twist on the trend but I couldn’t not include this Ted Baker Trellis Shirt from John Lewis the matching trousers are stunning too.

TB Check Shirt

Ted Baker Trousers

Next up we’ll be looking at…Ruffles they are BIG and bold this season and so accessible there is a ruffle piece to suit everyone.

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