Are checks still in?

Are checks still in?

Checkered prints are a classic pattern that will never go out of style. But there are variations on the theme, and certain checkered prints are more popular at different times, whether it is gingham, buffalo print, or something else entirely.

The spring/summer and fall/winter 2015 shows pointed to windowpane checks as being the checkered prints du jour. Just like the name suggests, windowpane checks resemble windows.

They are larger than the average squares in a typical checkered print, with thinner lines for the borders. Often, they are used with the classic white-on-black colour palette.

Depending on the cut and silhouette of the look, the windowpane print can veer either feminine or masculine.

Take the skirt and coat look (photo 1) from Chanel's most recent show, for example. The collarless topper and pencil skirt base give the windowpane print a very classic, ladylike vibe.

But in the deconstructed Sacai coat and skirt set (photo 2) from the fall/winter 2015 show, the looser silhouette and unusual shape is evocative of a menswear suit, in certain ways.

Balenciaga, too, used the print in its recent collection. Featured at an angle in both tops (photo 3) and skirts (photo 4), the print adds a point of visual interest to the black, white and grey ensembles.

The bottom line is that windowpane is a versatile, easy-to-wear checkered print. It has a slightly mod, graphic effect, which differs from girlish gingham or grungy buffalo checks.

It carries a sophistication which works especially well for high fashion, but can be worked into your everyday wardrobe - for the office or for more relaxed looks - just as easily.

This article was first published on April 10, 2015.
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