Checks: Exploring the Globally Popular Men’s Clothing Style

During any evening stroll down the alley, one typical pattern you would notice among men is checks. Ranging from Scottish kilt to Indian men’s Phiran, checks are exceptionally popular among men from around the world. Season after season, checks has been a recurring pattern in men’s fashion, found in practically every type of men’s clothing and accessories including ties, shirts, pants and even wallets. Ironically, despite their boundless recognition in the fashion landscape, checks are widely misunderstood. Many people think of checks as one common pattern with not much scope for styling. There are actually multiple types of checks available in an array of color options to suit every taste.

For those who haven’t yet invested in this popular style, this post highlights some typical check patterns to consider during the next wardrobe update. Let’s begin!

Plaid Checks

Plaid Checks

Plaid, the most elemental form of checks, has long dominated the landscape of global fashion. The pattern is an embodiment of vertical and horizontal bands of two or more colors that is intricately crisscrossed in a perfect symmetry across the fabric. Though plaid is closely associated to Tartan, there is a thin line difference between the two. Plaid is usually seen in flannel and is easily found in a dress shirt. The pattern makes a perfect choice for business-casual custom make suits. Plaid is the widely used check pattern in men’s clothing and is here to stay. To master the pattern, wear a plaid flannel shirt with a blazer or quilted jacket, a beige trouser, light or dark color jeans and complete the look by wearing urban boots.

Tartan Checks

Tartan Checks

A Tartan check is one among the most popular checks, often referred interchangeably with plaid. The pattern has a historical significance and is symbolic as it has been adopted as a national dress of Scotland. The pattern consists of crisscross vertical and horizontal strips of multiple colors. Originally made from woven wool, tartan check pattern is gaining prominence throughout the world. Just like plaid, tartan is often found in woolen pieces such as flannel shirts, and kilts.

Tonal Checks

Tonal Checks

As a testament to the popularity of checks, designers have given a creative bent to traditional checks and reinterpreted the traditional patterns into tonal checks. A combination of two neutral colors, such as royal blue on navy, or brown on green, tonal checks present a contemporary way to wear this heritage pattern. If you are a fashion conscious man, this winter, invest in at least one tonal check clothing, probably a blazer. The style not only reflects your aesthetic sense in clothing, but also ensures that you are tastefully stylish wherever you go.

A Few Parting Words

The vast variety of checks available always has something to offer to a fashion enthusiast. No doubt fashionable men are fond of checks as they are not only colorful and stylish, but also offer a sense of elegance and organized piece of clothing – just the way men wants things to be. Though checks are here to stay and should be a staple in your wardrobe, the key to rightly sport the style is knowing the limits. Something that appeals to you may look over the top to others. Similarly, some men are up for experimentation while others couldn’t even imagine wearing anything else but basic checks. Our suggestion is, trust your gut and choose the pattern that makes you feel comfortable and complements your persona.