should be a staple in any man’s wardrobe. Versatile, robust and can make even the smartest man look edgier than Johnny Depp.
Checked shirts never really seem to go out of fashion and whilst we often see a spike in their popularity, they have remained a regular fashion piece for everyone from lumberjacks to sports stars and everyone in between.
The checked shirt offers us a huge variety of colour and print and although this often aids the versatility of the shirt it can bring about just as many problems when working out how to style it best.
In this instance, size matters! If you are looking to create a more casual or hipster look then pick a shirt with larger checks. The larger check pattern is more similar to the classic lumberjack look and brings a more relaxed feel to your outfit. You could also look for a busier pattern. The more lines that dissect the shirt the busier your shirt will look.
Smaller checks that have a more defined uniform layout (generally using just two colours) are perfect if you’re heading into the office or even out on a date and want to keep things a little smarter.
Thickness also plays a very important role. Checked shirts can be seen in every season and this is solely down to the versatility of material. If you are styling a checked shirt throughout the winter months then opt for the thicker flannel materials. The shirt will look great over a plain tee and could even be used instead of a jacket.
Once the summer season starts to kick in – avoid flannel shirts like the plague. During this time of year you want a more breathable, light cotton shirt that can be worn on its own or open over a plain white tee.
Colour can be a tricky one, but, the golden rule to remember here is: less is more (formal).
The traditional lumberjack shirt comes in a wide variety of eye catching colours and patterns. Wear a brighter or busier looking shirt for a more informal look.
If you are looking to stamp some style on a more formal look – then team a dark coloured check shirt with some chinos and brogue boots and finish it off with a smart coat.
Farah Vintage Regatta Blue Cheadle Slim Fit Checked Logo Shirt – £59.95
The Cheadle Slim Fit Checked Logo Shirt from Farah Vintage comes in Regatta Blue, featuring a classic spread collar and a curved hem. With full button closure and full sleeves, this shirt sports a logo on the chest.
Only & Sons Kangaroo Slim Fit Longsleeved Erik Checked Shirt
This Slim Fit Longsleeved Erik Checked Shirt by Only & Sons feature a buttoned-down collar. It sports a buttoned front closure, curved hem, and long sleeves. This shirt for men comes in Kangaroo colour.
Available in Apple Red/Dutch Navy, this New York Fit Roan Checked Shirt by Tommy Hilfiger features a buttoned-down collar. It sports a buttoned front closure, curved hem, brand logo to the left chest and long sleeves.