Floral, plaid, stripes and aztec are the prints that became popular and apparently, continue to grow and influence both men and women. From tops to bottoms to shoes, these prints almost permeate each of our ensembles, together with the incessant clothing collection of brands and designers whether for summer, spring, fall or even rainy season. On the different note, if these prints got the spotlight for years, last year’s spring collection of Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton introduced another print that has no sign of fussiness, made of pure simplicity, a 1960’s baby, and definitely an elegant and sleek fashion element, which is known as the checkered print. This print might sound too risqué and complicated, but not when you manage to tone it down and make it look trendy and modern.
Checkered pattern is one of the monochromatic patterns that is somehow doing great all by itself. Unlike the other prints, this print has an amazing flexibility that even neons can look stunning with it. Without looking too overwhelming, it can be also matched with the other prints –this time there should be balance and moderation.
Checkered print’s vibe always depends on how you wear it: cropped tops, dresses and skirts bring out the feminine and elegant side of the print through its cuts and designs; while jackets, shorts, snapbacks and shirts reveal the edgy feel of it. This print is just similar with wearing basics particularly black –which also explains its flexibility –but unlike black, this one has more appeal and challenge.
Dealing with checkered print is as easy as pie; there is no need for too much effort because even just by enhancing, it can already look chic and attractive –just like how I worn it. I paired my checkered cropped top with white shorts and black blazer to let the neutral shades boost the sophistication of the whole ensemble. The balance of pairing the print with both black and white makes it a stunner than just matching it with black itself, which could turn out looking too lame and dull.
For my shoes, I chose a pair that can accentuate my outfit. So, I picked these Gazelle sneakers from Adidas. The print and color of this pair created a huge twist to my ensemble. Its white lining somehow prevented the shoes from looking out of place and makes them fit and proper for the outfit. Also, these sneaks are really the perfect shoes for errands and casual days.
Gold looks best when paired with checkered. Aside from the fact that checkered enhances its color, gold becomes more attractive. Also, through the necklace the outfit became smarter and elegant.
And yes, you can also match this outfit with a pair of charcoal wedge during your meeting. Just make sure to wear your blazer to maintain the formal vibe of the ensemble especially when your inner top is a cropped top. White pants also look adorable when paired with checkered cropped top, specifically high-waist pants. So if you think that shorts are too casual, white pants are the flawless substitute.
No need to experience hell in your stilettoes because this pair from Tres is already a combination of comfy and voguish shoes. It has simple design and details, which made it look more sophisticated. What do you think?
Shot by Seph Cham