For me, the best way to wear check print is to make sure the look is not overwhelming. Incorporate solid colors with minimal accessories when wearing print or mixing two bold prints. Wearing check on check print can be tricky, but doable. Even the most rebellious of subcultures throughout history were loath to mix and match motifs because, in the end, even if you’re advocating chaos and disruption of the status quo, you want to look at least coherent while doing so.
A check-on-check look is surprisingly simple to pull off provided both are noticeably different and aren’t competing for attention. “The joy of checks is the infinite variety of combinations if you just apply some imagination,” says stylist Eric Down, who has dressed the likes of David Gandy, Tinie Tempah and Chris Hemsworth. “The key is to vary the size. Down also suggests clashing checks of varying size within a set of colours. “Cream, blues and tan work by varying the dominant colour in each check.” It’s all about the checks and balances.
The capriciousness of fashion maths is an advantage when it comes to shopping what is already in your wardrobe. If you liked a trend when it was all over the shops – whether it was checks or florals, or fuchsia pink or leopard print – then perhaps, in your enthusiasm, you over-shopped. It’s worth revisiting those pieces, to see where you can layer up – a checked blazer over a checked shirt, or a floral dress with floral ankle boots – to breathe new life into them. They are there for a reason, after all. If you keep going back to a certain pattern or colour, it must be because you like it.
Who said you can have too much of a good thing?
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