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HOW TO WEAR HERITAGE CHECKS FOR FW17

By Libby Banks, September 22, 2017

It’s hip to be square. Heritage checks are freshened up for fall with exaggerated proportions, mash-up layering, and a nod to the sporty style of the early '90s.

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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 soccer 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 color 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 pants.
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Check mate

Windowpane check is another heritage stalwart ready for revival. Once favored 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 colors tonal, but play with proportions. So mix an oversized blazer with cropped slim-fit pants. 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 fall, wear with tapered heritage check pants, Reebok sneakers and white tube socks. Tuck the hoodie in for a fresh take on normcore styling. 

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