Some things are just meant to be: macaroni and cheese, Romeo and Juliet, dads and bad jokes. Autumn and check is one such pairing. The duo is a welcomed constant between years, when you reach for a checked skirt you know which season it is intended for (hint: not summer). Who knew print could be so emotive? Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule, but check seems to uniquely lend itself to heavier fabrics, adept at looking good on everything from tailored trousers to outerwear.
Check, in autumn, is like a tradition. And with tradition, come rule-breakers: like the naughty kid at the back of the class that won’t sit down. This season we’ve got a few of those in our lesson: Off-White offers a neon green grid and MM6 unapologetically mismatches check prints to produce one of the most fall-ready coats we’ve seen this season. The Unravel Project lives up to its name with a trench featuring two deconstructed yellow checkered panels that transform the traditional Mac.
That’s not to say the classics should be ignored, after all, they are classic for a reason: Burberry is a house built upon check. Fortunately, they never fail to deliver pieces that can inspire the sartorial wallflower and the bravest dressers alike. Burberry scarves transcend trends and arrive in a variety of colours to ensure that there’s something for everyone. For the more daring among us, you can find all-over check trousers that, when paired with a knit, will make you wish you could dress for fall year-round.
Menswear has delivered several strong check pieces that will elevate your work wardrobe; Givenchy opts for a monochrome check trouser that gives you an opportunity to embrace the print at your desk. Neil Barrett explores and reinterprets the classic with his borderline optical illusion ‘wavy’ design. Consider yourself more of a purist when it comes to your fall favourite? If none of the above pieces have tempted your autumnal tastebuds, look no further than Gucci's sumptuous wool coat complete with fawn appliqué.