Types Of Checks This Spring

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The Spring Summer Trends this year are not just limited to colors, apparels, and accessories; they also involve designs and patterns on the fabric. There can be a wide range of designs to choose from that can go perfectly for Western wear, an Indian attire or Indo-Western fusion wear.  Geometrical shapes and patterns have been an all-time favorite that goes well with almost every dress. The latest trends in fashion, thus, comprise checks or plaids that are a hit this spring. There has been an increased interest in this pattern variation over the last few years.

Once a person, willing to keep himself updated with the fashion trends, should comprehend the below-mentioned most common 9 types of checks. Usually, people don’t realize that there can be sub-heads of checks which are unique and blend beautifully with a particular outfit. Hence, for a better grip on the varieties of checks, the following points should be a must-read.

1.) Window Pane Checks

Windowpane checks are very popular in men’s fashion. They are formed by two perpendicular pinstripes. They are so-called because of their window like square laid pattern. Usually, the checks are very wide often in white or off-white. For a balanced effect, they can be paired with florals, paisley, dots and pin strips on a smaller scale. From the recent past, Duke of Windsor and Clarke Gable have been seen wearing these checks. They definitely make a bold statement about any man who lives on his own rules. The right accessories for a man wearing window panes include leather gloves, silk ties, fine hats, and a Thompson sub-machine gun. They are suitable for the workplace. They look extremely attractive on the right suit. They are also popular on women’s tops and dresses. They are subtle and look great when worn with prints-on-prints.

2.) Gingham

Gingham checks originated in mid-18th century Manchester, England in mainly blue and white colors. They were very popular in the British MOD culture a few decades ago. They are identified with brands like Ben Sherman, Fred Perry, Penguin, Merc, and Lambretta clothing. They are primarily used for men’s dress shirts, scarves, and neckties. They are uniform sized tight squares, typically in white. White horizontal and vertical stripes cross each other on a white background to form a checkered pattern. The design is similar to a ‘tablecloth pattern’. It is laid out in such a way that it can be worn anyway. Brigitte Bardot popularised the gingham pattern by wearing a pink colored Gingham wedding dress. The checks are suitable for both casual wear and office wear. Any fun-loving person who does not take life seriously would love to give Gingham a try.

3.) Madras Checks

Madras checks, originating in the southern city of Chennai (earlier Madras) in India, are lightweight regular cotton plaids ideal for Spring summer trends. Summer clothing like pants, shirts, dresses, and jackets can have Madras plaids. Originally belonging to the peasant class, they gradually entered the mainstream of fashion trends. They are now stapled throughout the summer in New England cities of Nantucket, New Port, and Cape God. David J. Anderson has been attributed with the name ‘Madras’. Both sides of the cloth bear the same pattern. They are handwoven and naturally dyed. As early as the 1930s cotton Madras was emerging as the sign of affluence in the U.S. They became popular in the 1960s after the second world war. Madras checks are the ultimate choice of a carefree and bold person having a flair for color.

4.) Tartan

Tartan checks are crisscrossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors. Originated in Scotland they are the cultural icons of the place. However, there is evidence of Tartan from the British Isles. They were most common in wool but nowadays they are available in different materials. Tartan is known as plaid in North America but in Scotland, a plaid is a Tartan cloth used as kilt accessory or a plain ordinary blanket. They have historical significance as Tartan became symbolic of the national dress of Scotland in 1782. It was no longer an ordinary Highland dress. Today apart from Tartan fabrics one can come across Tartan pattern on plastic, paper, packaging and wall coverings.  The shades on the Tartan can be altered to produce variations – ancient, modern and muted, of the same Tartan. The popular Tartans include Royal Stewart Tartan of Queen Elizbeth II and the Black Watch (also known as, Old Campbell, Universal, Government and Grant Hunting). There are Tartans created for ethnic groups, individuals, families, districts, events, institutions and corporations. These iconic patterns are versatile and best suited for a classicist or a traditionalist. They comply with casual settings and are less colorful than the Madras checks. Smaller accessories like bow ties, neckties, umbrellas, and cashmere scarves look great with Tartan patterns.

5.) Houndstooth

Houndstooth (also called dog’s tooth, dogtooth, dogtooth or pied-de-poule) checks are also the latest trends in fashion, comprising tight weaves of uneven and abstract four-pointed shapes or broken checks. They are generally black and white, preferred informal settings, but no other color options are available. The smaller-scale version is known as puppy tooth. A classic houndstooth falls under Tessellation pattern. Origin of houndstooth is the Gerum Cloak, a garment uncovered in a Swedish peat dog, dated 360-100B.C. Another version has it originating in the woven woolen cloth of the Scottish Lowlands. They have been a part of the 1933 spring men’s suit collection. They have a retro quality which many people find appealing. They also make a good inner lining for sports coats and neckties.

6.) Shepherd

Shepherd checks form a pattern of small, even checks of contrasting colors against a twill background. They originated in the Sottish Lowlands where the Border shepherds wore them. The black and white shepherd check was popularised by the Scottish novelist Walter Scott in 1826. The fashion soon took over the avant-garde and the upper middle classes. Although small and uniform checks about 0.64 cm 2.5 cm wide ae traditional and most common, there is no definite standard. A bolder effect is achieved with pronounced color squares. While the fiber is 100% wool the yarn type is carded woolen or combed worsted. The gun club check is simply a three-color variation of shepherd check. They are applicable to both men and women’s wear, clap cloth, dress goods, and sportswear. They are more of workplace wear.

7.) Glen

Glen plaids take their name from the valley of Glenurquhart in Inverness-shire, Scotland where New Zealand born Countess of Seafield first used the checked wool fabric for her gamekeepers. However, the name ‘glen’ does not appear before 1928. Glen plaid is also referred to as Prince of Wales Check as it was popularised by Duke of Windsor when Prince of Wales. It consists of tightly woven small and large checks in muted colors, particularly grey and white. Two dark and two light stripes alternate with four dark and four light stripes creating a criss-cross pattern of irregular checks. Today non-woolen fabrics and cotton clothing also carry this pattern. Cabbie caps are mostly seen in glen plaids. U.S. President Ronald Reagan in a grey and blue glen plaid suit, Pee-wee Herman in his iconic light grey glen plaid suit and Cary Grant in grey glen plaid suit in the 1959 American spy thriller North by Northwest are notable wearers. This graphic pattern is one of the latest trends in fashion.

8.) Tattersall

Tattersall refers to a pattern of colored checks and intersecting lines on the woolen fabric, similar to a Tartan. There are regularly spaced thin and vertical warp stripes, repeated horizontally in the weft, thereby forming squares. There are two contrasting colors, usually a darker color on a light background. The pattern is named after Tattersall’s Horse Market which was started in London in 1766. During the 18th century, Tattersall horse market patterned blankets were sold which were used on horses. It is woven in cotton, usually flannel. It is used for dress shirts and waistcoats.  Horseback riders in formal riding attire wear traditional tattersall shirts with a stock tie. The Beach Boys, Business Men, and Fairfield County Bros. are Tattersall fans. It is extremely versatile for being suitable for every season. It is great for a casual evening party.

9.) Argyl

Argyl (or Argyll) checks are made of diamonds or lozenges. They contain layers of overlapping motifs, giving it a three-dimensional texture and movement of the pattern, even on a basic piece of clothing. Diagonal lines are inter-crossed on solid lines. Generally known as ‘tartan hose’, the pattern is named after the tartan of Clan Campbell of Argyll in western Scotland. It was used for kilts and plaids and Scottish highlanders since the 17th century. Argyll knitwear became fashionable in Great Britain and in the USA after the first world war. The Duke of Windsor associated it with golf and other leisure sports thereby making it famous worldwide. It is occasionally woven and created by the intarsia technique. Many sports teams use vibrant, bright and contemporary variations of Argyll for better recognition. It is mostly seen in sweaters and socks. It can be worn with khaki and boat shoes in spring and summer as well.

Out of the out listed spring-summer trends in checkered patterns, any fashionable man or woman can choose his or her style and make it his or her unique personal statement. The information will come handy while purchasing an outfit according to the current fashion trend.

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