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The Fashion Memo

5 ways to wear: The checked blazer

Check mates: team with a masculine shirt and tailored shorts

It’s become one of the hardest-working pieces in the fashion-savvy woman’s wardrobe, but how can you get maximum mileage out of your checked blazer? Read on for our guide to wearing yours this season…


Otherwise known as the fashion editor’s uniform. It’s a simple formula – straight-leg jeans, T-shirt (plain white or slogan), checked blazer and a pair of block-heeled ankle boots – that manages to be both timeless and completely of the moment. It’s also brilliantly versatile and will take you from work (office dress code depending) to evening out with ease.


This is the SS18 answer to the skirt suit; switching a demure pencil for a short-as-you-dare mini, either in a similar check or high-shine patent or leather. Balance the amount of leg that you’ll be showing by wearing a masculine shirt under your jacket, and finish with flats or chunky heels – nothing too overtly feminine. Start your lunges now…

  • Givenchy
    Oversized cotton-poplin shirt
  • Aquazzura
    Seduction PVC and leather slippers

An unexpected but ultra-chic takeaway from the SS18 runways. If you really want to give your look an edge, then we suggest that you reach for a pair of precisely tailored shorts. For the most flattering fit, look for a pair that are slim-cut, finishing above the knee, and wear with your blazer and a boyish T-shirt or shirt.

Fashion loves a contradiction, so offset the country-casual tailored overtones of your blazer by layering it over something completely different, be it a floaty floral dress or a colorful pleated skirt with a T-shirt thrown in for good measure. Add heels and polished accessories to keep things elevated, or sneakers for a more low-key approach.

  • Gucci
    Pleated printed silk-twill midi skirt
  • Stella McCartney
    Eclypse logo-woven neoprene-trimmed faux leather and suede sneakers

When it comes to pairing checks, right now the only rule is that there are no rules. But if you’re not sure, then stick to neutrals or the same color family for each piece, and play with the size of the checks. This works brilliantly for the office; choose a crisp jacket and slick pair of pants in mismatched checks for a modern twist on the pantsuit.

  • Common Projects
    Tournament leather sneakers

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