How to wear checks without looking square.
There must be checked shirts and jackets hanging in the wardrobe of every man in the land. But are you making the most of yours? Archie reveals three ways to wear checks that won’t leave you feeling square.
Clean and Crisp
Keep everything really simple and let the check do all the talking. The key to this look is to match everything to the background colour of the check, except the shirt, that is chosen to match the pale blue overcheck of the tweed jacket. Only the very top of the collar is visible yet the subtle cue is enough to tie the outfit together.
A clean, modern look that is confident and very easy to pull off.
Checks and Pattern
Combining checks with pattern is easier than it looks. The key is to blend the two using an un-patterned piece in the same colour. In this example the knitwear acts as a neutral zone between the check and the herringbone tweed. Picking up the pattern or check with a tie or scarf creates a subtle contrast and balances the shirt and jacket. Sticking to tones of a single colour unifies the look.
Checks look great worn together, layered up in tones of soft mossy green. Again it’s a good idea to use one plain garment to give the eye a chance to rest amongst all those busy checks. Wearing a scarf of a lighter tone also helps avoid the colour and checks becoming too dense and heavy.
For more fun with checks see the full range at A Hume Menswear.
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