The Rundown

Check Mate

While we don't like dubbing a current style a trend, since that feels too limited to one specific season, there's no way around it this time. Plaid, check and all of its variations have proven to be the biggest trend for this autumn/winter 2017 season and coincidentally it's the ideal pattern to beat any and all wardrobe malfunctions you may face along the way. Check it out!

Photograpy by Jan & Jorre
Production by Zoë Hordies
Styling by Christine Van Laer and Zoë Hordies
Models Willy @Paparazzi Model Management and Annely @Ulla Models
Words by Chloé Bauwens
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Good to be square

Plaid, tartan, gingham,... The pattern that is formed by a criss-cross of horizontal and vertical stripes has received several versions and names throughout the years. While a gingham style has a sweet and feminine allure, Scottish-inspired tartan links to more edgy and punk-inspired images whereas chequered flannel shirts are associated with lumberjacks and tomboys. This autumn/winter 2017 however, there isn't a single woman (or man) who won't be tempted to pick up some of these square-patterned pieces on their next shopping spree. Plaid blazers are the perfect of-the-moment purchase in both oversized and neatly tailored versions, - just scan the infinite amount of street style pictures after September's fashion weeks - but a tartan skirt, gingham pair of trousers or plaid top is just as enticing.

For those who are not afraid of a check-on-check silhouette like Clueless' now iconic duo Cher Horowitz and Dionne Davenport, J.W. Anderson's patchwork handkerchief skirt looks terrific paired with its matching top. But even when this graphic combination is a bit much for your taste, there are several ingenious ways to combine these chequered looks with your everyday staples. Investing in a few plaid or gingham patterned pieces will not only pay off during AW17, you'll rejoice when you find out you can keep reinventing them during spring/summer 2018. Where Sonia Rykiel donned models in preppy-inspired two pieces, Victoria Beckham opted for hyperfeminine check shirts tucked in pencil skirts and Prabal Gurung showed off the models' long legs in short tartan skirts. We recommend perusing through our selection of this timeless pattern, even if it's just to check it off your list.

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