“Fashion is art and you are the canvas” – Velvet Paper

As the trends of the fashion world have it, classic patterns like checks, plaid, and ginghams are back on the rise and ready to populate your wardrobe must-haves.

Types of Checks

Although broadly categorized as checks, each of these patterns is slightly different.

Checks or Checkered

Checkered pattern.

Squares of two different colors placed on an alternate position like a checkerboard.

Tartan

Tartan pattern.

Criss-crossing lines on varying widths and often of two or more colors. The vertical stripes match the horizontal ones exactly. Popularly seen in Scottish kits.

Plaid

Plaid pattern.

Inspired by the tartan pattern. Criss-crossing lines on varying widths and often of two or more colors. The vertical stripes do not always match the horizontal ones.

Gingham

Gingham pattern.

A single-colored yarn weaves a checkered pattern against generally white cotton-blend; causing a difference in transparency or saturation of color throughout the pattern. The crisscrossing lines are of exact same width.

Houndstooth

Houndstooth print.

Checks with notched corners. Often seen on coats and jackets.

Accessorizing with Checks: What accessories work best with this pattern?

The best ways to style checks, plaid, gingham and similar patterns are with color-block accessories that lend well to any size, color or type of checks. Checks are bold patterns that require eye-catching accessories with a plain yet contrasting color palette.

Handbags

Pair your checks with solid-colored handbags and enhance your outfit

Soothing Blues and Greens

While the subtlety of pastel blues and seafoam lend well with predominantly gray checks and plaids, vibrant royal blues can make warm tone plaids stand out.

A seafoam satchel, pastel blue saddle bag and royal blue crossbody barrel bag.

  1. Seafoam Satchel
  2. Pastel Blue Saddle Bag
  3. Royal Blue Crossbody Barrel Bag

Warm Reds and Yellows

These pairs perfectly to neutrals like beige, creams, or browns. The bright colors of these handbags amplify the earthy appeal of neutrals.

A coral and white tote bag, red hobo bag and a lime yellow tote bag.

4. Coral and White Tote Bag

5. Red Hobo Bag

6. Lime Yellow Tote Bag

Scarves

Sassy Scarves

The peppy hues of these plain and ombre scarves lend themselves well to contrasting navy blues and bottle greens of your favorite shirt-dress.

Orange ombre scarf, yellow ombre scarf and hot pink scarf.

  1. Orange Ombre Scarf
  2. Yellow Ombre Scarf
  3. Hot Pink Scarf

Watches

Available in a variety of vivacious color blocks; both warm and cool, these watches offer you a pop of color to your minimalistic look. They’re the best partner for work attire.

Trendy Timepieces

Seafoam band watch, red nylon watch, orange band watch and green band watch.

  1. STRADA Austrian Crystal Japanese Movement Watch with Seafoam Band with Stainless Steel Back
  2. STRADA Japanese Movement Watch with Red Nylon Band and Stainless Steel Back
  3. STRADA Austrian Crystal Japanese Movement Watch with Orange Band and Stainless Steel Back
  4. STRADA Austrian Crystal Japanese Movement Watch with Green Band and Stainless Steel Back

Jewelry

Every occasion deserves the right kind of jewelry; a jewelry piece wins attention without overpowering your outfit. Whether it is the vivid blue of Arizona Sleeping Beauty turquoise or the sizzling fire of Mediterranean coral, adding these little punctuations of the zesty allure is sure to impress.

Breathtaking Blues

Malgache neon apatite floral stud earrings, turquoise pendant, quartz bracelet, fuchsia quartz heart ring.

  1. Malgache neon apatite floral stud earrings
  2. Arizona Sleeping Beauty turquoise pendant
  3. Caribbean quartz bracelet
  4. Midnight fuchsia quartz heart ring

Ravishing Reds and Yellows

Yellow jade bracelet, coral cluster ring, peach opal butterfly pendant, coral bracelet.

5. Burmese yellow jade bracelet

6. Mediterranean coral cluster ring

7. Oregon peach opal butterfly pendant

8. Sponge coral bracelet

Styling Tips for Checks, Plaid, and Gingham

  • Checks are considered a bold statement for drawing attention to your outfit; whether it is a shirt or a jacket, top or trousers, or skirt for the bottom. So, if you aren’t confident about pulling off multiple prints always stick to pairing your checks and plaids with neutral blocks with black and navy.
  • More often than not your shoes set the tone for checkered apparel. Pair a plaid shirt-dress with your favorite beige gladiators for a casual tone or with sassy stilettos for a girl’s night out!