How To Style: Prince Of Wales Check

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For centuries, checks have played an important role in men’s wardrobes and this year more than ever, the Prince of Wales check trend continues to make a splash in pop culture – non-exclusive to the gents. With sightings from designer labels to high street stores, the Prince of Wales check is definitely a comeback trend of 2017.

Although the fabric has royal origins, the Prince of Wales check makes a modern day impact in fashion editorials, on the runways and on red carpets worldwide. Paris Fashion Week AW16 saw Vetements send it out in the form of suits and slashed skirt, Isabel Marant showcased it on coats, while Dries Van Noten employed it on blazers. It’s a pattern that achieves a balance of subtlety, yet is distinctive enough not to be boring.

Blazers are an entry point of this iconic check, and there’s a huge selection of checked blazers in almost every retailer right now. The blazer pretty much goes with anything – dressed up and dressed down – making it the easiest and most comfortable way of wearing this trend, allowing for a casual everyday-cool chic vibe.

Slogan tees, pops of red, gold accents and vinyl – these strong elements are not too loud to clash with the pattern, but are bold enough to tell a story.

White tees, tailored trousers, cross-body bags and knotted belts compliment the trendy millennial working woman.

Teamed with luxe bags, boss lady sunglasses and statement footwear – is this the latest blogger uniform?

A classic all black outfit of wardrobe basics, highlighted with a pop of scarlet red never goes out of style. Matched with a trendy checked blazer, this is the ultimate in effortless chic.

Leading on from the blazer, another fail-safe way to rock this print is on an oversized, tailored or belted coat.

Upgrade your staple cigarette trousers to a printed pair, and throw on a roll-neck jumper or a shirt and clashing blazer combo for a smart and stylish approach.

Alternatively, if you’re in the mood for a workwear update then go for a sharp, slim-fitting co-ord suit – teamed with a crisp shirt or with a slogan tee for a dressed down feel.

A trend inspired by retro classics, the Prince of Wales check is a modern day approach for the everyday woman. Whether adopting the traditional blazer, straight leg trousers or matching power suit – experiment with incorporating exaggerated proportions and play with different patterns. Mixing neutral colours or adding bold colour pops elevate the trend from the predictable, corporate connotations to undoubtedly stylish. As with every trend, the Prince of Wales check comes to life when you work it into your wardrobe, adding your personal fashion flair and making it your own.

Dee Alfaro

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