How to Style: Checks
Checks may rival Millennial Pink as the most street style-friendly trend of the past several seasons. The boxy classic (a.k.a tartan and plaid) is also a runway favourite and it shows no sign of slowing down. Despite it's more traditional roots, checks have been given a modern reboot courtesy of oversized prints and in-your-face hues, like Étude's tartan pieces. But how to pull off the look in real life? We asked tff. Personal Stylist Sabine Diekow for her top 3 tips:
1) Check, please!
If you are only going to buy one check item this season, make it an oversized blazer in a small check. "It's the most versatile - it can be combined with pants as well as skirts and over dresses," says Sabine. Or tip toe into the trend with a tartan wool scarf. "Try to match it to your favourite coat or jacket," advises the pro.
2) Squares squared
While wearing one check at a time is as on-trend as can be, wearing two (or even three) in the same outfit is a perfect equation. The secret to doing double - or triple - check duty, says Sabine, is to stay in the same colour family and opt for different sized checks. "Choose one piece, for example a coat, in a wide check. And the other piece, say a pair of pants, in a small check pattern."
What to wear with your new check piece? "Anchoring your checks with a solid colour is always a safe plan," recommends Sabine. Try basic shades like camels for day or dress up a checked wool coat for evening with head-to-toe black. "Try a black maxi skirt and matching black turtleneck sweater, plus black booties with a kitten heel." If playing it safe is not your forte, play mix and match with a fun print. Sabine suggests choosing a print that is in the same colour range as your check.