Monday, 21 October 2013

Scrimp or save: the checked shirt

The "new trend" for checked shirts is one I'm puzzled by, mainly because I'm not sure what's new about it. Every time autumn comes around, we're told that checks, tartan or plaid (one in the same really) are what's hot, but when were they not?

So, whilst mourning the cull of a red checked shirt during a particularly vicious clear-out, I set about looking for a replacement. The version from The Kooples is my idea of perfection, closely followed by APC's, but at £120 and rising I decided to find some more purse-friendly alternatives. This shirt is an easy option when partnered with black trousers or jeans, or to dress down a knee-length full or pencil skirt.

{special mention for the addition of a statement jewel necklace - nice contrast}

Here's my selection below, but there are hundreds of budget friendly alternatives out there, and most of them are 100% cotton. Watch out for the style of button, which can make a huge difference to the overall look, as some can look very cheap. And as with all cheap cotton, your shirt may be prone to some shrinking, so handle with care.

Top row
Plaid cotton shirt by APC, £150 Net-A-Porter; Checked shirt, £120 The Kooples.

Middle row
Checked blouse, £29.99 Zara; Dark pink check shirt, £17.99 New Look; Checked shirt, £29.99 Zara.

Bottom row
Red checked shirt, £44.95 Massimo Dutti; Flannel shirt, £14.99 H&M; Black tartan long-sleeved shirt, £17.99 New Look; Checked cotton shirt, £19.99 Mango.

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