Checks, Tartan and plaid are all words used to describe that pretty grid-like pattern made from crossing horizontal and vertical stripes and they are the on-trend pattern for Autumn/Winter 2015! Even if you never thought you could pull off the look, here are 12 ways to wear checks if you’re plus size:
Wear Checks as a Dress
There’s a Tartan dress for every occasion this season! From the casually cropped Forever 21 shirt dress to the sensible George at Asda workwear in sophisticated black with Tartan collar to their seductive, loose bodycon sleeveless wrap top dress, perfect for date night or a smart function. My personal favourite is the George check top wrap dress. I’d cinch the waist with a brown or yellow thin leather belt to accentuate my hourglass frame.
Wear Checks as Outwear
Plaid outerwear is a bold statement to make and has to be worn with confidence! I’m in love with the ideas of the George at Asda dressy white coat, but as a mom to an almost 4 year old with perpetually mucky mitts, I’ll pass. I shan’t pass on Forever 21’s perfect plaid poncho, however! Hello, Bonfire Night wrap!
Wear Checks the Traditional Way
The lumberjack look is back and it’s been given a fierce update! This isn’t the bulky, boxy man’s top we’re used to, though. These traditional Tartan button downs have a feminine silhouette that will pair nicely with your favourite skinnies or tights and knee length boots. Checks, boots and skinnies is a classic causal look for Autumn/Winter 2015.
Wear Checks with a Modern Twist
Plaid comes into its own this season when it has been challenged and made into something a little more than ordinary. Evans have cut the collar free from their Tartan top and added flouncy, feminine sleeves. Yes, please! New Look have abandoned the sleeve altogether and extended the top into more of a tunic, perfect for lounging in whilst still rocking this season’s must-have print. Shame it doesn’t come in other colours, really! I cannot say enough about the George at Asda wrap top. It’s sophisticated, sexy and fun and a great way to flatter fuller busts whilst not masking them too much.
Wear Checks on Your Bottom Half
Let me just say how much I love this trend! The only checked trousers I have are super dressy with pleated front and creases. Fine for work, but I’m looking for checks for the weekend and both of these options delivers! First off is Tu at Sainsbury’s black leggings. I cannot wait to match these comfies with a chunky knit sweater! Add snow boots and you’ve got a really chill Boxing Day outfit perfect for patrolling the sales in! Tu has got the Tartan bottoms market cornered–I adore the red kilt-inspired skirt with its pleats and high-waist, it’s perfect for tights and penny loafers in the office or dressing down for something a bit more casual.
Plus size tip for plaid bottoms: consider going up a pant size. When Tartan is too tight, it pulls and distorts the crisp lines. Going up a size will give your thighs room without ruining the look of the pattern.