Sunday, 31 March 2013

How to...Wear Checks

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The graphic prints favoured by many designers in recent seasons have given way to the check as the pattern du jour for spring/summer.  

And the front runner in the check stakes, the 'window pane' or 'noughts and crosses' check, is the subject of this fun short film by The Guardian's Jess Cartner-Morley...
  





While this trend may seem to herald a switch to something much more simple, may be not...Yes, the pattern can be worn very simply in a single piece, but why not steer clear from safe and play with several sizes or mix and match contrasting colourways?

Confused over your checks?   Here's a handy guide to some of the most popular designs courtesy of Melanie Abrams of FT Style.  


Prince of Wales: The distinctive shadowy check-on-check design was created for Edward VII’s shooting garb but popularised by his son, the Duke of Windsor. As in: elegant tailoring with a regal twist.

Tattersall: A sparse, two-colour check, usually on a pale background, that takes its name from the race auctioneers Tattersalls. As in: flannel shirts for the horsey set.

Dogtooth: (or houndstooth or puppytooth, depending on size): a broken check made up of jagged graphic shapes, usually in stark black and white. As in: Christian Dior New Look suits.

Madras: The bright plaid cotton fabric that takes its name from the English name for Chennai, India, is as loud as checks get. Think: ultra-preppy classics and look-at-me beach shorts.

Gingham: A single-colour, overlapping check design that gets its name from the French word guingan. As in: Doris Day’s curtains.

Check mate!



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