All of Autumn's Best Outfits Have This One Thing in Common

It’s hard to remember a time when checks didn’t dominate our wardrobes, but alas, it did exist. It was probably around five years ago that heritage checks and Gallic gingham made a catwalk resurgence and found their way back into our outfit rosters. I don’t know about you, but I’ve worn them in some iteration practically every day since.

This is likely owing to their typically neutral colour palette, which means checks tend to go with just about everything you can throw at them. Brighter styles are often balanced out with a darker secondary colour, too, so even bolder interpretations of the trend are easy to style. Checks also make for a cool print clash too, which many of our favourite influencers choosing to don them with floral and snake motifs this season.

That said, it often pays to go back to basics and embrace the most classic combinations. Which is this story comes in: I’ve scoured the social ether to bring you the easiest and most effective examples of how to wear checks for autumn 2019. From dresses and trousers to the autumn’s most-coveted add-ons, keep scrolling to see how those in the know are wearing fashion’s favourite print right now.

#1: BLAZER

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@styleidealist

Style Notes: Checked blazers will not only help to elevate your denim, but they’ll also help elevate all those slip skirts you invested in at the start of 2019. 

#2: CO-ORD

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@wethepeoplestyle

Style Notes: For maximum impact, don your checks top to toe with the help of a trouser suit or co-ord. Then give it a cool-girl flourish with the help of barely-there strappy sandals. 

Style Notes: If trousers aren’t your thing, skirt around the issue with a checked midi. It’ll give the simplest of jumpers a ladylike spin. Then, for more 2019 fashion points, add a pair of lace-up boots

#4: TROUSERS

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@maria_bernad

Style Notes: Who said checks need to be boring? Look for brighter or pastel hues to give the trend a new lease of life. We love how María has enhanced the sugary hue of her strides with cream accessories and a mint blouse. 

#5: DRESS

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@lucywilliams02

Style Notes: Dresses have also been given the checked treatment this autumn. Mini iterations look achingly cool with denim jackets, cowboy boots and unexpectedly prim arm candy, as evidenced by Lucy.

#6: ADD-ONS

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@monikh

Style Notes: You needn’t wear full-on checks to tick off the trend. In fact, often a grid-print lapel or handbag (preferably Rejina Pyo’s cult-status top-handle) is all you need to get your check fix. Just add your favourite denim, tee and run-around shoes.