Whoever said checks for men are boring has surely been living in a bubble. Earlier men wore Scottish kilts or even the Madras checks (originally seen only on gamchas), and now, checks have now become the uniform of sophistication as well as a trend of a lifetime. For the uninitiated, this pattern comes in many styles — Madras checks, gingham, city checks, plaids, you are definitely spoilt for choice.
If you are a man in your 20s or are shopping for a man who is in his 20s, there is nothing better than checks for a look that will set you (or him) apart from the crowd. Forget the same old checked shirt and jeans look. Try something new this season. We have some ideas that you may like. Read on…
Old School Dapper
Bring out some old-school aristocratic charm. Check up your bottoms instead this time and keep the shirt plain. You can even try a polo tee instead. Add a few quirky accessories like suspenders, bows, wayfarers, and you are all set to get those eyeballs rolling. This will make a great look for a casual occasion or even for those office shenanigans, provided you have a relaxed dress code. You can also pull off this look with a pair of checked shorts to attain a summery or beachy vibe.
Layer Like A Boss
The one sartorial technique that suits men to the max is layering. It’s just so easy and honestly, one can can never go wrong with it. With checks as well, layering is an interesting option. Blazers are the answer to dressy outfits, and jackets make for casual layering. With men, it goes without saying that if one piece is patterned, you should keep the others simple. So with a checked shirt, the pants and jacket or blazer should ideally be solid, faintly-printed or textured. As for the colours, it is difficult to go wrong with either all-blue or all-black. But to be sure, you can match your shirt and chinos and keep the outerwear in a contrasting hue, pulling off a Drake-esque look. If it’s a cool or darker hue, you can in turn match your shirt and jacket or blazer, and keep the pants in a contrast colour.
One trend that men have picked up lately is joggers. If you’re also someone who is fond of the athleisure fad and love joggers, don’t fret… we can surely find a way to team it up with checks. You don’t always need to adorn that oversized jersey. An unusual shirt, cap sleeves, or grungy tee, layered with big city checks, preferably in a loose weave is what we recommend. You can further spruce up this look by adding layers to it as well. A bomber jacket maybe, or even a jumper.