Even for the most devout block colour lovers, spots and stripes have always been an acceptable alternative to plain dressing. And over the last few seasons tartan has also slowly made its way into the pattern safe category. But as full on Highland tartan begins to fade there is a new check doing the rounds that is soon to become any fashion lovers go to safe print. Despite being a subdued alternative to full on tartan, the new windowpane check will ensure a bold statement for pre fall 15.

Previously seen on the A/W 2014-15 catwalks of Tod’s, Giles and Philip Lim, windowpane check was shown as a refreshing progression of the classic print. Displayed in oversized shapes and high waisted wide leg trousers, the bold pattern offers a contemporary futuristic edge to traditional tartan and dogtooth that can more often than not end up looking slightly dated.


3.1 Phillip Lim/Giles/Tod’s

Images courtesy of Vogue.co.uk

Thankfully the craze has filtered its way down to the the Great British high street meaning that whatever the budget every one of us can get in on the action. Adding a statement piece of windowpane check can become the perfect compliment to many fall safe winter staples, or a great print accessory for those who prefer to keep things simple.


The trouser of the season is wide legged and high waisted. These monochrome 3.1 Philip Lim wool pants offer a great canvas for casual daywear. Team with this sleek Hobbs roll neck in charcoal and on trend Adidas trainers to ensure ultimate comfort.



Update your fail safe black skinnies with curved hem shirt from Topshop. In a comfortable relaxed fit it’s a great alternative to plain tees for weekend attire or just add heels for instant after work drinks style. Throw on an oversized camel coat and your good to go.


With spring not to far away this asymmetric Karen Millen mini skirt is the perfect way to prepare those pins for warmer weather! If your brave enough team with ankle socks, chunky Mary Janes and a maxi coat but if your still feeling the chill not to worry, pair this white swing shirt with wooly tights and your favourite winter fur.

By Jenna Jones

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