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HOW TO WEAR HERITAGE CHECKS FOR AW17

By Libby Banks, 22 September 2017

It’s hip to be square. Heritage checks are freshened up for autumn with exaggerated proportions, mash-up layering, and a nod to the football terraces of the early 1990s.

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Regal approach

Streetwear king and fashion darling, Gosha Rubchinskiy, is the de facto leader of the current heritage check revival – he even collaborated with Burberry for a plaid collection that fused European football culture with his youth in post-Soviet Russia.
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Thanks to its go-with-anything versatility, the Prince of Wales check is a good place to start if you want to work the trend into your look. The secret is in the mash-up, so layer up with bold colour and oversized styles to avoid looking like an extra from Downton Abbey. Then, mix high and low references with classic streetwear pieces, like a padded jacket worn with tapered pinstripe trousers.
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Check mate

Windowpane check is another heritage stalwart ready for revival. Once favoured by the Duke of Windsor and Clark Gable for their Savile Row suits, you might have noticed that early adopters around the urban landscape are wearing it in a totally different way. 

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Windowpane works well if you want to smarten your 'fit up without looking too traditional – and it's the natural partner for a bold stripe. The trick is to keep your colours tonal, but play with proportions. So mix an oversized blazer with cropped slim-fit trousers. While a V-neck sweater layered over a zip-through top is the perfect way to update classic casuals styling.

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Normcore twist

The hoodie, once a slacker staple, has had a major image overhaul in recent times thanks to the likes of Vêtements – and is probably already a regular in your style arsenal. In fact, we called out its return way back

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To give this cult item an update for autumn, wear with tapered heritage check trousers, Reebok trainers and white tube socks. Tuck the hoodie in for a fresh take on normcore styling. 

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