How to… wear checks

There are a bunch of check/plaid fabrics out there for Fall and you’d be right in thinking that you need to invest in at least one of them.

check22 copyBut for those of you who like a little more pep with your plaid, how about the notion of mixing up those graphics all at the same time? I took the challenge of throwing on three different checks at the same time without making out like a checker board and being set upon by earnest chess playing octogenarians.

The key to making it work is in sticking to one tonal clan. I opted for navy as the basis starting with this Whistles window pane graphic blouse.

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Then came these Anthropologie cropped plaid pants which have been doing sterling service in my winter cloest for the last few years. You can find similar at Gap here or Suno here. Then my third touch of the check stuff is the cute Dries Van Noten plaid pointy kitten heels. Similar here.

Throw in a pop of colour with a J.Crew statement necklace and bracelet. And a Cambridge Satchel music bag to anchor the whole blue vibe together.

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check25 copyThe pony-hair trench I got from a consignment store about ten years ago – I can’t remember the label as I cut it out way back when because it was itchy. Judging by the hoards of pony-hair items in store this season I’m definitely glad I kept hold of the coat though. It’s never seen so many outings in one season!

check26 copyLike any geometric print, succes in the print stakes is all about knowing your proportions. Don’t go throwing on ridiculously large prints if you are on the diminutive size. This Whistles print top is about as large as I can go without being engulfed by the pattern.

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