Checks have been huge this year, being seen on the catwalks (think Céline, Lanvin, Moschino, Prada, Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, Dolce & Gabbana and Versace) as well as the high street. It’s the perfect pattern to achieve various different looks; ranging from grunge and punk to heritage.
The grunge trend is still going strong and you can’t achieve the look without a bit of check. The perfect item to add to your wardrobe is a check shirt – think 90s flannel style. Make sure you mix it up with a bit of black, leather and studs for an all out grunge look. If you want to be a little more subtle, try adding a check accessory instead; think scarves, backpacks and satchels.
If grunge is not really your style, you can dress it up for a more chic look. Consider a plaid pencil skirt for work or a structured check coat. Go for a different shade – checks with blues and greens – for a more subtle look.
Below is a nice selection of what is available on the high street so you can achieve the look.
1. Prince Of Wales Coat 2. Check tote bag 3. Lofty Tartan Scarf 4. Check Bias Skirt 5. Converse Pucker Plaid 6. Uniqlo Cotton Gauze Check Long Sleeve Shirt 7. Madam Rage Tartan and PU Top 8. Check Rucksack
Here are some ideas of how to wear these check pieces:
Still loving the dipped hems trend. They’re really versatile as you can dress them up or down, so they’re a great piece to take from day to night. Here is a great example of what’s on offer online and different ways you can wear it.
Mullet Hem Chiffon Skirt (only £5!)
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Sequin Panel Crop Top (also £5)
For an edgier look, try wearing this skirt with studded pieces. Whether its a top with an embellished collar, studded wedges or studded accessories.
I’ve gone for a bright sports chic look here. Pair your skirt with a colourful vest and accessories. Don’t forget to wear it with wedged trainers! You want to make sure you wear heels or wedges with this skirt to elongate your legs.
As the skirt comes up to the waist, you can get away with wearing a cropped top. I’ve gone for a sequined top and sparkly accessories.
As you can see, this skirt is very versatile. You can go for very different looks and it’s a real bargain! There are also some fantastic dipped hem dresses. Here’s a few I found:
Praslin Animal Top Dip Hem Dress
Love the animal print top on this dress, very on trend!
Cut Out Sequin Dip Hem Dress
Beautiful sequined top with cut out details. Love the colour, very romantic, perfect for a night out.
BDip Hem Stud Shoulder Dress
Great take on the military trend!
I’m loving blazers at the moment. They really dress up any outfit and there are so many different styles out there. I bought an 80s blue blazer on ebay and thought I’d show you 3 different ways to wear it.
Like I said, blazers can dress up any outfit, including a plain white t-shirt and jeans. I took some inspiration from Kate Moss in this new ad:
I love wearing a blazer over a dress for a night out. As this is an 80s blazer I was inspired and decided to pair it with neon pink heels and a fitted black glitter dress.
The dress and necklace are from ASOS, the bag was my mom’s and I bought the heels on a trip to London, I think at Piccadilly market.
I thought I would try out the androgynous trend, as it’s pretty big at the moment. I took some inspiration from this:
Karlie Kloss by Nick Knigh, Vogue UK Sept 2012
I paired my blazer with a shirt (M&S) and a cravat which I had bought in a vintage shop once. I also wore some lipstick to try and keep it feminine.
I’m not too sure about the results, but it was fun giving it a shot!