Whether or not you know your tartan from your plaid, get up to speed on this season’s biggest pattern trend
Trust us when we say checks are a thing for AW 18 menswear.
Pretty much everyone, from newbies Charles Jeffrey to veterans Versace and Vivienne Westwood (and everyone in-between – think Marni, Kenzo and Thom Browne) paraded checks in all forms for their winter collections.
Even the graduates were onto it. Amy Vanderwal (whose Graduate Fashion Week mentor is celebrated designer Oliver Spencer) presented a graduate collection inspired by the Eighties’ post-punk traveller movement – the perfect vessel for everything check.
The pattern also just happens to be one of the most adaptable you can get (which is why Tu turned Vanderwal’s graduate show into their first, super-wearable Menswear Graduate Fashion Week collection). We’re talking suits, jumpers, jackets, the lot.
Here’s how to wear them well…
1. Double up
Your checks needn’t be limited to one statement piece. In fact, they definitely shouldn’t be. The more clashing the better.
The key is to double up by mixing it up. By that we mean, keep your patterns different.
Team a wide tartan coat with a check suit and go grunge with a T-shirt underneath and a pair of DM-style boots.
2. Go monochrome
If you want to look more polished than punk, keep it classic in monochrome.
A pair of tailored dogtooth trousers teamed with a black-and-white striped jumper weirdly tone down each pattern, making it easier on the eye than you’d think.
3. Pair with pinstripes
It’s not just checks you should clash this season.
Pinstripes have left their stiff, stuffy banking past behind them, and teamed with checks they make your smart-up grunge dreams come true.
A knitted check jumper with a pinstripe pair of trews and jacket will take you from casual Fridays to weekend-away wear before you can say The Clash.
4. Tone it with leather
A pair of tartan trousers aren’t just fitting for a round of golf at St Andrews – they’re as at home on your pegs in the city, at the beach, or anywhere else you choose to spend your precious, precious time.
The key to this look is to keep it tonal with a dark charcoal tartan pair, a grey crew-neck and finished off with a leather biker jacket.
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