Check mate.

When you finished school and ditched that horrid uniform, we bet you never thought you would be voluntarily donning the criss-crossed pattern ever again.


Luckily for everyone with eyes, the humble check print has had a sexy-tomboy makeover.

From short and sweet, to bold and brave we’re loving this trend, but pairing shoes with such a bold look can be tough. Remember babe, less is more – stick to neutral colours and let the pattern pop.

Take mental notes from our five looks below and we promise you’ll get an A+ every time.

Gladiator Sandal

The trick to pulling off a flannie is looking like you don’t care.

This? Oh I just threw it on. (After several hours of comparing different versions of this outfit).

Slicked back hair and chic glasses keep you looking like a lady. Pair it with gladiator sandals for instant street cred.


Break up double denim with a check print overcoat. A touch of leather detail makes it less Paddington bear and more sophisticated blogger.

Loosely tousled hair and Neutral shoes let your clothes do the talking.

Mesh Heel

Short shorts work best when you’re covered up top. Two of this seasons must have trends meet in this tough check-sweater combo.

For day, pair this look with flats. When the sun goes down, dress up your pins with Tyson.

Street Style

Oh you naughty minx. A touch of midriff keeps a longer skirt sexy.

Pull back your hair into a loose, low bun and pop on some strappy heels like Kat.


Not into red? A minimalist approach works well with nude pumps, and lots of attitude.

Schools out for today ladies. Good job.


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