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Checkmate

I’m not sure whether it’s the Scottish blood in my veins or the versatility of a check print, but I definitely don’t have enough of this in my wardrobe. The catwalks, as ever, provide inspiration. From the soft brushed check tops at Paul & Joe to the checked panels on the leather pencil skirts at Hugo Boss – I’ve been feeling inspired to inject some checks into my everyday apparel.

Deep burgundy, rich red, forest green and hints of blue and purple can  make a check print look completely different piece to piece. So many brands are offering checked longline blazers and coats for those that want one stand-out piece. Vila’s navy longline coat is beautiful, and instantly calls for a tailored ensemble.

It’s no secret that the cape shape is an instant winner in the style stakes, plus team it with a beautiful tartan inspired print and you’ve got two boxes ticked. I really love the sky blue that threads through the above ASOS cape, it adds a little more to what is  already quite a popular and well used print.

New Look always manage to have a few affordable key trend-led items, and this boyfriend checked blazer is no exception. It’s only £29.99 which is a great price for a blazer, plus it is longline meaning it’s perfect for dressing up a casual outfit or for wearing instead of a coat when you’re layering up.

I’ve yet to find the perfect pair of checked trousers, but the three above are serious contenders. They’re a great way to wear print in a more subtle way, and often come in office appropriate fits, meaning you can add some chic tailoring to add a sophisticated edge. Both Undercover and Weekend Max Mara have beautiful, luxury offerings . However, if you’re looking for something more purse friendly ASOS is always my first stop for affordable pieces, and these peg leg trousers avoid looking tacky and remain suitably stylish with a fine check and monochrome palette.

 
What trends are keeping you inspired this season?

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