Check Mate! The Windowpane Prints We Love For Fall

Like clockwork, plaid pieces reappear every year when the leaves start to fall. While we’ll never tire of the classic motif, this season we’ve got our eye on the pattern’s sartorial cousin: windowpane prints. Spotted on everyone from Keira Knightley to Victoria Beckham, we can’t wait to try out these oversized checks.

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    From clashing gridlocked pants with a striped shirt to teaming the pattern with neutral accents, read on for all the ways to wear windowpane right now.

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    Victoria Beckham

    Spotted at LAX airport earlier this month, Beckham teamed her kicky Etoile Isabel Marant Plaid Cotton and Wool-Blend Mini Skirt ($280) with neutral, pared-down pieces, including Cutler and Gross 0811 Sunglasses ($500) in Black, Victoria Beckham’s The Victoria Mini Matte-Leather Tote ($2950), and Giuseppe Zanotti ankle boots (similar style available here).

    Similar Essential:
    QMack Plaid Pleated A-Line Skirt ($79)

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    Mary Elizabeth Winstead

    Winstead attended the Max Mara and W magazine cocktail party back in June wearing a short frock in our print du jour, adding a pop of color via red pumps.

    Similar Essential:
    Banana Republic Gemma Windowpane Dress ($98)

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    Keira Knightley

    Photographed in London earlier this month, Keira Knightley’s tie-front blouse added a casual flair to her ladylike pieces, which consisted of an A-line skirt, black tights, Chanel flats and Chanel Boy Flap Bag (price upon request, available in Blue).

    Similar Essential:
    Forever 21 Chiffon Windowpane Shirt ($20)
     

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    Harley Viera Newton

    Viera Newton added interest to her Sportmax Azeglio Dress ($444) by layering a white long-sleeve blouse underneath and adding matching blanc pumps at the Max Mara and W magazine cocktail party back in June.

    Similar Essential:
    White House Black Market Modern Sheath ($50)

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    Blogger Liza Chloe

    Chloe fearlessly clashed her thrifted windowpane pants with a striped tee by & Other Stories, and then reined in the busy prints with black accents, including an H&M vest, Chanel Boy Flap Bag (price upon request, available in Blue), Surface to Air Caprice VI Sunglasses ($220), and Alexander Wang pumps (similar style available here).

    Similar Essential:
    Dorothy Perkins Black and Ivory Check Trousers ($27)

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    Jessica Stein of Tuula Vintage

    Stein stuck to streamlined pieces in a simple black and white color palette, opting for ASOS Pants ($38) in Monochrome Check, Whistles’ Sculptured T-Shirt ($127), Kurt Geiger Nina Sandals ($160), and a Claire Viviver clutch (similar style available here).

    Similar Essential:
    White House Black Market Windowpane Ankle Pants ($88)
     

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    Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific

    Eadie cleverly layered Equipment’s Signature Sleeveless Blouse ($188) and ASOS' bow tie (similar style available here) underneath her ASOS Skater Dress ($65) in Jacquard Check, which lent the ultra-feminine frock a hint of menswear cool. The blogger finished the look with posh accessories, including Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Sunglasses ($280), Cartier’s Ballon Bleu Watch ($10,000), and Maison Martin Margiela 4-Finger Rings ($440).

    Similar Essential:
    French Connection Paint Check Richie Dress ($158)
     

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    PHOTO: Stockholm Street Style

    Model Helena Severin

    Severin paired her cropped printed pants with laid-back pieces, including a slouchy tee and basic sneakers, resulting in a pitch-perfect weekend look.

    Similar Essential:
    Sportmax Luis Trousers ($170)

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    PHOTO: Trussardi

    Trussardi

    You might not think a boldly-printed jumpsuit would be office-appropriate, but this look from Trussardi’s F/W 13 collection proves otherwise. The piece looks polished with the addition of a blazer, black ankle boots, and a basic tote.  

    Similar Essential:
    Theory Daranda Silk Jumpsuit ($425)

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    PHOTO: Banana Republic

    Banana Republic

    Imitate Banana Republic F/W 13 and team checked pants with an on-trend furry clutch, a white contrast-collar blouse, and black pumps.

    Similar Essential:
    Gap Slim Cropped Pants ($55) in Grid

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    PHOTO: Creatures of Comfort

    Creatures of Comfort

    Don’t be afraid to layer two pieces in the same pattern a la Creatures of Comfort F/W 13.

    Similar Essential:
    Free People Ivory Black Femme Wool Coat ($348)

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    French Connection

    Paint Check Richie Dress ($158) in Black

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    Kate Spade

    Fantastic Elastic Wallet ($70) in Windowpane

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    Ohne Titel

    Grid Intarsia-Knit Skater Skirt ($413) in White    

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    Pierre Hardy

    Enameled Cuff Bracelet ($494) in Black

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    Sacai Luck

    Check Bomber Jacket ($1291) in White

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    Steven Alan

    Silk James Pants ($268) in Black/Ecru

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    Theory

    Sorcha Top ($295) in White

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    Chinti and Parker

    Meets Patternity Window-Pane Check Sweater ($597) in White

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    Dorothy Perkins

    Check Snood ($21) in Black/White

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    JW Anderson

    Checked Grid Ribbed Neck Sweater ($619) in Green

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