How to style your check shirt

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Checks are one of the most enduring shirt patterns around. From thick flannel that keeps the cold at bay to crisp, check cotton for the office, they are seen in every walk of life and unite lumberjacks and designers alike. Here we look at how to get the most out of that check shirt hanging in your wardrobe.

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Smart and preppy

Do you want to look sharp for work? Add a shirt with a small check in crisp blue and white and pair with smart trousers and a bow tie for preppy chic. This look is not only professional enough for the office but also injects an element of fun into your wardrobe. Think Richard Ayoade in real life rather than his turn as IT Crowd’s Moss and you are on the right lines.

Unbuttoned with rolled-up cuffs

When travelling for business, you want to look smart but feel relaxed. Throw off the jacket and instead opt for a shirt that looks good with the top buttons open. Roll up the sleeves to expose your watch and pair with bright trousers in a jeans-style cut. Dress the look up with leather loafers and a tan belt and you are good to fly.

Layered up

Mens designer shirts come in many styles; however, one of our favourite shirt looks is layered up fashion, which keeps us snug throughout winter chills. Add a thick woollen hoodie and cover with a check flannel shirt. When out and about you can then throw on a leather jacket, chunky socks and boots to keep you warm and protect you from those wicked elements. Why leather? It is thought that outer layers are less about keeping you warm and more about waterproofing. Leather does this incredibly well.


Picking the right kind of check is key to perfecting your formal look. Opt for tartan patterns such as the Farah green Brewer tartan long-sleeved shirt from stockists such as Team this with a nicely cut suit, bow tie and loafers and you will turn heads.

Oversized and casual

Remember 90s bad boys who donned white T-shirts, rolled-up jeans and an oversized checked shirt? This look is well and truly back, so how about embracing your inner rebel and getting in on the latest trend? After all, it worked for Johnny Depp.