Checked in? We’re going to be checked out by the end of this Winter. Seen all over the catwalks, checks are a big trend for AW19. Being a MacLeod, the love of a good check is surely in the blood. I like the way that checks can add a more masculine edge to a feminine silhouette. They can be bold and gregarious or subtle and discreet. There is a style for everyone. On the AW19 catwalks, the pattern was paired with other clashing prints in loud fashion statements, but like everything that is seen on the runway, elements can be taken and translated into an everyday wardrobe, rather than copying like for like.
The Lady Di effect strikes again with the current trend for blazers (the bigger the shoulders, the better). Worn with jeans, this can be as laid-back a look as you like, but equally people are wearing blazers over floaty, floral dresses for a more smart, dressed up look (consider a jumper dress too). If you are looking for an item of clothing that will add a ‘2019’ touch to your current wardrobe, then you won’t go far wrong with a blazer. For one that goes with everything, choose a neutral colour and a check that is spread out and not too fussy. This one that mum is wearing is a great example. Here, as a trans-seasonal look, we have paired it with creams and whites but as the colder months draw in, I would match is with dark grey, shades of brown, denim and black even.
Cord is another fabric that is experiencing a moment and another fabric that I love. Given the choice, I would probably go for a wide cord over a needle cord but having said that, sometimes the former can be a bit unforgiving, particularly in high waisted trousers.
These trousers from Whistles are a good shape and a versatile colour. The cord with the check is a little ‘hillbilly’ but if you weren’t keen to go full hillbilly then this checked blouse would look fabulous with high waisted, wide leg navy trousers and the cords would look great with a chunky cream roll neck. What I like about this blouse is that the fabric is typical of a ‘workman’ shirt but the cut is extremely feminine - particularly with the button details on both shoulders. As a result, this blouse would not look out of place paired with a high-waisted skirt.
Photography and artwork by Alexandra Mooney
Blazer, & Other Stories, £135
Jumper, & Other Stories, £35
Jeans, (old, but similar here), £35.99
Plimsoles, Vans, £36 (on sale!)
Earrings, Permanent Collection, £400
Blouse, Toast, £95
Trousers, Whistles (unfortunately not online but the black would look good too), £79.20
Bag, Kate Sheridan @ Label Mix, £196
Plimsoles, Vans, £49 (on sale!)