It started with the Dries Van Noten S/S 2013 show. The freshest, chicest combination of glam grunge our overtired eyes had ever seen. Checks, tartans and oversized silhouettes combined with floaty florals, chequer board shoes and pencil skirts to create an insanely seductive boy/girl mash-up. May sound commonplace, but this collection was anything but. It was light, modern and original. Slowly, our love affair with the humble check began all over again. Mobama kept the flame burning with her iconic red and white checked dress during the President’s 2012 re-election. The high street didn’t miss a trick, and the past few seasons have seen a renewed push on all things square. Celebs went crazy for the trend, falling over themselves to get their hands on a piece of the sixties inspired, check infested Louis Vuitton S/S 2013 collection. As the trend worked it’s way down the ranks, we thought it was, as most trends do, dying out. We thought it really WAS square to wear checks. Then- boom! Along comes blinking Jessica Alba and proves us all wrong. Looking beautifully understated and effortlessly pretty, she breathed new life into the iconic Mobama dress and had us scrambling to drag our once-beloved checks out from the back of the wardrobe. Looking to jump back on the check-asaurus bandwagon? Do read on…
Fans of simple perfection will be all over this minimalistic French Connection wonder. The tulip shape with fitted high waist is flattering to most shapes whilst the exposed zip and slashed neckline add interest to a simple silhouette. Style with heeled black ankle boots for some Sixties swing!
After something more versatile? We’ve got a whole lotta love for this ASOS Curve checked monochrome top, which can easily be dressed up or down. The stepped hem makes it perfect for wearing with leggings for some casual luxe, or work with leather trousers for instant night time glam. Far from square.
For ditsy print lovers, we recommend this Monsoon black and white checked dress. The full skirt is perfect for dancing in, whilst the jersey fabric ensures you’ll be comfortable all night long- did we hear someone mention perfect wedding guest look??
If you still can’t let go of the wowser trouser trend, hows about adding these Dorothy Perkins beauties to your ever expanding wardrobe? The subtle pleats work perfectly with the rough check detail- team with a classic white shirt and your pointiest of black courts to scream sheer sophistication.
Looking to emulate Mobama et al? Plump for this gorgeous New Look monochrome number, perfect for everything from garden parties to a day at the races to helping celebrate your husband’s re-election- as you do. Team with a splash of neon yellow to lift your look and take you straight from day time cool to evening glam.
So- will you be hip in squares this season? Check it in tartan-esque prints to skip straight to the top of the style class. For further style tips from those in the know, be sure to sign up now at Mallzee.com, the fashion lover’s haven!