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Check it out: how to wear the trendy print local celebs are loving

23 March 2018 - 00:00 By Nothemba Mkhondo
DJ Zinhle in a trendy check suit.
DJ Zinhle in a trendy check suit.
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The perennial check print, in its multitude of forms, is a having a serious moment both on and off the runway.

High-end designers from Lacoste to Saint Laurent have featured checks in their latest collections.

While DJ Zinhle, LootLove and Kefilwe Mabote are some of the local A-listers who've been spotted wearing this fashionable print out and about.

The beauty of adding a couple of checked pieces to your wardrobe is that they'll instantly update it for the coming season, but - as this print is a classic - you'll also be able to wear them for years to come.

It's worth noting, however, that the glen plaid check (see below) is the type that'll be trending in winter 2018. Expect to see it on everything including coats, double-breasted jackets, trousers, skirts, scarves and even shoes.

 

KNOW YOUR CHECKS: WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

This features a box-like pattern of blocks of small and large checks.
GLEN PLAID This features a box-like pattern of blocks of small and large checks.
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This is a monochrome pattern made up of abstract four-pointed shapes that look a bit like broken checks.
HOUNDSTOOTH This is a monochrome pattern made up of abstract four-pointed shapes that look a bit like broken checks.
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This is a lightweight cotton fabric with a square check pattern. It's perfect for Summer or Spring.
GINGHAM This is a lightweight cotton fabric with a square check pattern. It's perfect for Summer or Spring.
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This consists of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours, as seen in this Michael Kors design.
TARTAN This consists of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours, as seen in this Michael Kors design.
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HOW TO WEAR CHECKS 

Take your cue from DJ Zinhle and LootLove and invest in a matching check-print suit. Wear the jacket and trousers together for maximum sartorial impact, or wear the jacket separately with denim or leather pants.

The trick to giving a check print new season relevance is about styling it with other current trends in mind - think colour and silhouette. Punctuate your check print with vivid pops red or royal blue and play with proportion in the form of wide leg trousers or statement sleeves.


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