At some stage or another, most of us have encountered a checked shirt whether it be of the short sleeve variety or long. Checked shirts are definitive wardrobe essentials that have reached every corner of our society’s demographic, from hip city boys to rugged countrymen. Its appeal spreads far and wide, but with mass popularity comes the negatives. How many drunken louts have you seen on a Saturday night sporting a shapeless or skin-tight checked shirt with unsavoury jeans and chunky black shoes? Too many, I say! All this has done is diluted the allure of this timeless classic.
So how do you give the checked shirt the respect that it deserves? Muc Nguyen, of iammuc.com, demonstrates how. His red and blue checked shirt is anchored well by his navy chinos. The choice of brown moccasin boots gives his overall look an urban edge. On top of that, the complementary camo bag completes this ultra-cool ensemble. I find pairing checked shirts with neutral trousers works best. It lets the shirt pattern speak for itself. If you are in doubt, look for pants that are the same shade as the least dominant colour in the shirt. You can’t go wrong with this handy tip!
Get this look:
a. Slim-Fit Madras Plaid Brushed-Cotton Shirt, $136, Gant Rugger, mrporter.com
b. Washbasket Check L/S Shirt, €50, Superdry, dress-for-less.com
c. L/S Indigo Check Shirt, $59, bensherman.com
d. Reflex LS Shirt, $69.99, Long Lost, surfstitch.com
e. Dakota LS Shirt, $69.95, Zoo York, surfstitch.com
f. Plaid Oxford Long Sleeve Shirt, £59.50, Gant, houseoffraser.co.uk
Note: Prices correct at time of posting