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5 ways to wear checks

Stella McCartney PF19

From plaids to tweeds and tartans, checks dominated the FW19 runway. This is how to wear them now



Emerging London label Wright Le Chapelain is fast becoming a force within the fashion industry thanks to their modern takes on wardrobe classics. Unsurprisingly, their tailoring does not disappoint. Put a fresh twist on your corporate closet by adding their single-button, wide-leg suit to your arsenal. Pair your checks with a simple black tank (tapping into this season’s 90s mood) and timeless pointed pumps for a boardroom-ready look that commands attention.

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Let Michael Kors’s utterly covetable and deliciously kitsch checked flares set the tone for an after-dark ensemble with a twist. Not only are Bottega Veneta’s square-toed shoes the undisputed sandal of the season, they also work perfectly with the palette. The same goes for a simple sleeveless Alaïa sweater – a poetic choice for a look that pays homage to Clueless heroine Cher Horowitz. When it comes to finishing touches consider a classic baguette bag as the cherry on the top.

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Burberry’s signature check is back, in a big way. Ever since fashion aficionado Ricardo Tisci took the helm of the heritage house last year, he’s been plundering the archives, combining the brand’s rich history with his own, distinctly modern, aesthetic. Case in point, applying the check to streamlined swimwear. This look is all about the one piece, so make sure it gets the attention it deserves by keeping the rest of your outfit streamlined; a simple cover-up and delicate gold jewels are all you need.

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In recent seasons, ‘streetwear’ has gone from being a sartorial byword for tracksuit bottoms and athleisure to a bona fide fashion movement. Pair McQueen’s directional checked dress with stacked sneakers and a piece from Prada’s iconic nylon collection for a high-low look for Saturdays spent gallery-hopping, catching up with friends and everything in between.

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There’s nothing quite like foregoing dinner plans in favor of a relaxed evening to restore a sense of equilibrium to your life. However, maximizing your chill time does require the right tools. Enter Jo Malone’s scented candles, snuggling knitwear and Rails cute-as-a-button gingham pajamas. Cut from crisp flannel, donning a pair is akin to slipping into a freshly made bed. Bliss.

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