This season it’s all about discovering your checks appeal as tartan prints and heritage fabrics take over the catwalks, says Amy Norbury
Maybe it’s the association with the chilly Highlands, or maybe it’s the spark of return-to-school nostalgia, but there’s something inherently autumnal about checks and tartan.
A perennial favourite as we head into the cooler months, this season checks tap into some of the hottest trends around, as well as being a style statement all by themselves. And there’s a veritable feast of colours, textures and styles, from classic plaids to couture minimal grids, meaning the heritage reference is well and truly refreshed.
The lesson here is that, this autumn, there’s a tartan out there for every clan.
One of the greatest thing about checks is that they’re such a versatile wardrobe addition, depending on how they’re styled. Classic houndstooth and dogtooth prints scream country glamour, while checked jackets with cinched waists and matching pencil skirts imbue the fabric with ladylike elegance. Add a ruffled blouse for a playful touch, and make sure the heels are slender and suitably high without being skyscraper-ish.
Power dressing was huge across the AW17 catwalks, with trouser suits making the move from serious workwear to day-to-night staple. And here, autumn’s print of choice once again reign supreme, with double-breasted jackets and wide-legged trousers in monochrome and grey heritage checks seen everywhere from Max Mara to Victoria Beckham.
But it’s not all smart sophistication – styled down with jeans and one of this season’s slogan T-shirts or jumpers (yes, slogans are back in a big way), a checked coat takes on an oh-so-cool edge, while a flirty checked mini skirt makes the perfect partner to a chunky knit and knee boots in tan or burgundy leather – an outfit which will keep you cosy and stylish well into winter.