Plaid Paradise Is… Knowing 13 Fresh Ways to Wear Checks

It's safe to say that 2018 was the year of great prints. While spring and summer saw gingham take over wardrobes from top to bottom, A/W 18 has been awash with polka dots, leopard print, florals and checks galore. From Prince of Wales weaves to tartan and tweed, plaids are huge news on the high-street and designer rails, with bloggers and editors wearing a host of options.

But it's not all checked blazers—despite what you might have noticed on the pavements—from a belted midi dress ideal for layering to trench coats and wide-leg trousers, this is a simple trend you can wear in endless ways. Click through for the best new takes on wearing plaid and check prints, plus our pick of the best pieces to shop ASAP.

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Style Notes: Give tailored co-ords a fresh spin by committing to tailored shapes—or shopping in the menswear department.

When borrowing from the boys, choose single-breasted jackets, worn unbuttoned, and roll up those sleeves.

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Style Notes: Don't be afraid to clash prints, especially when muted checks go so well with this season's influx of bold floral prints.

Another season, another must-have coat from By Malene Birger.

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Style Notes: A slogan tee is the quickest way to add a modern touch to a jacket-and-trouser combo, à la fashion blogger Lucy Williams at LFW.

Style with the matching jacket, or team your trophy trews with an oversized navy knit, statement earrings and trainers.

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Style Notes: Adding contemporary shapes and textures to heritage checks will bring the whole look bang up to date. Think billowing shirt sleeves and faux-fur add-ons instead of suede.

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Style Notes: Slinky satin dresses are everywhere this season and make for the perfect contrast to a checked blazer jacket. 

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Style Notes: Smart plaid coats layered over cool bomber jackets? It's a yes from us.

We can always rely on Topshop for smart tailored coats.

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Style Notes: When an overcoat threatens to kill your party dress, reach for an oversized checked blazer instead.

Wear over said party dress, or style with off-duty denim and flat boots. You'll get so much wear out of this.

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Style Notes: When you want to keep things relaxed, opt out of the matching jacket and look for one in a clashing colourway without a patterned finish.

Isabel Marant's wide-leg trousers are perfect for pairing with bright structured blazers.

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Style Notes: Go for slouchy oversized cuts to make a check jacket the perfect athleisure addition.

This'll look equally chic with athleisure separates as it would over a printed floral midi dress.

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Style Notes: A check print trench over jeans and trainers will see you seamlessly through the entire weekend.

This versatile trench is worth the investment.

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Style Notes: This cult Ganni buy made us totally rethink check dresses. Wear yours anywhere but the boardroom, and team with trainers for an easy weekend ensemble.

Layer over a roll-neck knit and finish with socks and biker boots.

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Style Notes: Checks worn with stripes gets a thumbs up from us, as do unexpected style details like ruffles or patent belts.

Cropped, checked and topped with a patent knot waist belt—there's nothing here we don't love.

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Style Notes: Turn traditional texture on its head by opting for vinyl checks instead.

Neutrals not your thing? Try this showstopper from Burberry.

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