Thursday, 27 October 2016


Hi everyone,

You might recall from my previous post, that when it comes to patterns, I lean towards strong geometrical prints rather than soft florals and this pair of black and white check pants proves the case.

I fell in love with these checked pants the minute I spotted them hanging on the rack at the Sass & Bide store in Sydney's Paddington.  This pattern is quite popular right now and can be seen on mannequins and window displays at almost every clothing store.  

Some people may be put off by such a strong combo, however despite the severity of the monochromatic palette of black and white they are so boundlessly versatile which you would not expect from such a distinctive pattern.  To my great surprise and delight, they have served me all year round and I have worn them for an array of different occasions and have always looked appropriate.

To illustrate my story, I have compiled a number of images that I've collected over the course of the last year showcasing my all-year-round black and white checked pants.

black+white squared pants

black +white squared pants with white kimono
I am wearing:  pants - Sass & Bide, singlet - Zara, shoes - Marc Jacobs, kimono - Sloane, handbag - Georgio Armani
squared black+white pants with gray top

black +white squared pants
Blouse - Bondi Markets, shoes - Bally(seen here)

Top - Country Road (seen here), shoes - DVF

Bomber Jacket - Lovers, shoes - Repetto

Coat - Witchery
If you are just navigating your way with this pattern and not sure about what direction to take, the simplest way would be to try it in small doses, so to speak.  A checked blouse paired with pants or a skirt and a jacket in solid colours could be a good start and vice versa, a pair of checked pants worn with a top with a colour in similar shades such as grey, white or black. If you like what you see, you can go all the way with layering, mixing and matching patterns, textures and hues.

Here are few points you might find useful when shopping for a pair of check pants:

 – choose the size of a pattern in proportion to your body size. If you are a petite woman, perhaps you should look for clothes that have smaller patterns and consequently, if you are of a regular or on the biggish side of the scale - a big and bold pattern could be just perfect for you;

- know which pant’s silhouette suits your body shape best;

- choose the colour combo wisely:  black & red, blue or yellow looks new, bold and striking, however there is a chance that this combo will become outdated pretty soon, while the familiar black & white or a pale neutral is a classic mix that has proven to be timeless;

- when layering, make sure that all the elements have some common thread between them, (eg same or similar pattern, colour code, fabric) that brings harmonious unity with a sense of effortless to your outfit.

Most importantly, wear your pants with confidence and you are bound to look fabulous!!!

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