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All the Ways to Wear Glen Plaid This Fall

Refinery29 | Georgia Murray

If you haven’t already spotted the trend dominating fall thus far, well, it’s time to get to know heritage check. Having replaced the perennial denim jacket as our go-to outerwear, the subtly printed fabric is no longer just for blazers and coats. These days, glen plaid is covering everything from skirts and tops to two-piece suits and trousers, thanks, in part, to Balenciaga’s Spring 2017 collection, where creative director Demna Gvasalia showcased grey check pieces deconstructed and in oversized proportions.

The following season, check evolved across a number of Fall ’17 catwalks: Bella Hadid wore a boxy cropped jacket, a thigh-split pencil skirt, and matching slouch boots at Off-White, Zimmermann gave us loose-fitting checked rain coats, and Mulberry stayed true to its heritage aesthetic with a Town & Country–esque skirt suit. And that’s the joy of this trend: You don’t have to dress formally to wear a Prince of Wales check. Alexander Wang gave the look an edge with black stomping boots and leather sleeves, while Ralph Lauren turned the fabric into a fitted bandeau top and trousers, topped off with fierce stilettos.

Of course, the fashion set soon followed, with the streets of Copenhagen, New York, London, Paris, and Milan awash with a sea of checked-out getups. Ahead, see how women are styling the trend their way, from loose-fitting two-pieces to Clueless-style mini skirts.

The Coat

Perhaps the easiest way to incorporate the trend into your day-to-day attire, the check coats on offer this season come in a variety of styles and proportions. Double-breasted, calf-skimming, cropped, boxy, oversized, fitted: The choice is yours.

The Skirt

The check skirt may remind you of your schooldays, but it’s all in the details. A thigh split here, a 3D bow there, and you’ve got yourself an AW17 refresh. For extra points, pair with a mismatched check blazer – skirt suits were everywhere this fashion month.

The Jacket

Ahh, a classic. The checked blazer has fallen in and out of fashion favor over time, once cast to the bin of identikit work suits made for women in the 2000s. Don’t think that this piece is only appropriate for landed gentry and older men: The checked blazers of AW17 are perfect over slogan tees and jeans, midi floral dresses, and just about everything in between.

The Trousers

Surprisingly more versatile than you may think, the check trouser is loose and long this season. We’re replacing our racing-stripe trousers with these and wearing them with everything from roll-neck knits to plain tees, à la Veronika Heilbrunner (who wears her Marc Jacobs trousers with a Nike top).

The Dress

Just in time for the cold weather, we’re layering our checked dress over balloon-sleeved blouses, black roll-necks, clashing knits, and poplin shirts. The trick to steering clear of childlike pinafore territory is the accessories.

The Suit

Really want to invest in the trend? Go all-out with a check suit. You’ll find throwback references from Humphrey Bogart to Bianca Jagger, but you can make this two-piece as retro or contemporary as you wish. Throw on some patent Chelsea boots and don a paisley shirt for Gucci’s eccentricity, or get your slogan tee and trainers on for a more minimalist approach.

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