There are quite a few fashion predictions one can feel confident about making for this year: Veganism and sustainability will continue to be hot-button topics in the industry, everyone will want to wear anything from Valentino/Marine Serre/Paco Rabanne, influencers will continue to influence, hair clips are going to be the new statement earrings, Millennial Pink is here to stay and Burberry’s vintage check will be the most identifiable pattern.
I can feel it already. Riccardo Tisci’s first full runway collection will undoubtedly inspire a number of women to revisit the luxury brand’s offering. The first section of the spring 2018 catwalk, with its sophisticated neutral colour palette and flattering shapes, sealed that deal. However, it’s not the only part of this storied fashion house he has artfully approached since stepping in as chief creative officer last year.
The former creative director of Givenchy has established both a new logo inspired by founder Thomas Burberry and (time would only tell, right?) and reworked the most recognisable style signature of them all: the brand’s icon plaid.
As seen last month on Kate Moss in a resplendent matching checked shirt-and-trousers co-ord from the brand’s hotly anticipated collaboration between Riccardo Tisci, Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler, this was further confirmation of what I had started to sense.
No other fabric has experienced highs and lows quite like Burberry’s checks. With legacy and a certain appeals-to-all allure comes a great deal of affection, and I’m ready to dive head first into it again. It looks like the Instagram set are, too, with influencers from every age bracket breathing new life into the print.
A handful of young ones may not recall this plaid being big back in the ’90s (remember was a particularly iconic campaign that featured Moss in her checked wedding gown?), but many of the "new” ways girls are wearing the check lean toward that era’s streetwear aesthetic.
A reworked check top from Burberry’s spring 2019 show.
This iconic beige, white, black and red plaid has been in existence since the 1960s, and has been worn by the royal family and celebrities over the years. Whether you opt for a more regal, sophisticated route or tap into the street style culture, there are countless ensembles worth bookmarking for the future. Keep scrolling to see who’s wearing Burberry’s vintage check now, and then shop some of our favourite pieces…
See how Burberry's check is being worn…
Style Notes: When in doubt about print clashing, just go for the double (triple or quadruple) check.
Style Notes: Some have been known to combine with other (non-Burberry) checks. That’s acceptable too.
Style Notes: Burberry’s checked shirts are being layered and styled in 101 ways. This idea of wearing one as more of a shacket ticks boxes for spring.
Style Notes: What did I tell you already about wearing multiple checked pieces at once?
Style Notes: Renata always offers a chic, grown-up way to style of-the-moment items.
Style Notes: Even minimalists have cottoned onto the charms of a little check.
Style Notes: Pick out the colours in your chosen check and wear throughout your outfit.
Shop the Burberry check pieces we love…
Next up, your guide to the most important designer bags of 2019.
Hannah Almassi is the editor in chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was hired to launch a UK sister site and social channels, localise content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 15 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times and MatchesFashion.com, among many others.
Hannah currently resides in Eastbourne with her photographer husband, incredibly busy toddler and highly Instagrammable cat.
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