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PORTRAITS: Check out how to rock plaid prints

Whether it’s gingham, tattersall or a classic plaid, stand out from the madding crowd like these fashion-forward vanguards with a flash of the checked flag

I’ve tried to have a regular haircut, but it just pops back up again, so this is the way it’s going to be. ~ Rod Stewart

A tried and tested way of injecting personality into a look is to play with patterns. And few are as eye-catching as a well-placed check prints.

The sheer variety within this pattern family sees it spanning the gamut of fashion — from laid-back country looks to cool and contemporary styling. Try  a gingham print for a more innocuous take on the evergreen trend, while a window pane check infuses a more classic flavour. Tartan remains popular for kilts, but it’s as effective on a blazer. If you’re out to make a statement, go for a bold colour. 

Now, while not all of us can get away with RuPaul’s combination of tattersall on gingham check, there are more subtle options. Read on. 

I’ve tried to have a regular haircut, but it just pops back up again, so this is the way it’s going to be. ~ Rod Stewart

King Edward

The Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII, was arguably the most reviled member of the British Royal Family from the modern era. Seen here, in pre-controversial times, in Glen Plaid shooting attire, the soon to be disgraced royal cuts quite the country gent style. In later days secret documents came to light giving damning evidence to the abdicated king’s Nazi sympathies.

Bruno Mars

He said he’d catch a grenade for ya... Do anything for ya… While we don’t want to take Bruno with us to anywhere that might require the Hawaii-born singer to prevent hand-held explosives from taking a limb or two, we are grateful for the style that he’s “done for ya”, including the open-chested gingham shirt look he’s rocking here: the man from Mars is one of our style treasures. 

Will Smith

The Fresh Prince donned some extravagant and outrageous attire during his stay in Bel-Air. As such, he quickly became a fashion icon for a generation — bringing vibrant colours, baggy trousers and baseball caps at a jaunty angles to the look of a 90s’ subculture. None more so than the blue check number seen here: bridging the gap between funky and urbane.  

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Clyde SM Puma White-Puma Black
AED 495.00

Emmett London

Light Blue Large Check
AED 600.00


Sneaker 3
AED 650.00

Mocha Salt

Crew Neck T-Shirt slim fit Lightweight -White
AED 295.00

Thomas Edison

The man who lit up the world also had a bright eye for a classy style. With his incandescent bulbs providing all the light, bang and fizz needed to light up a room, Thomas Edison relied more on an elegant and subtle windowpane checked three-piece with a silk necktie to make his presence known.

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Alysia Thomas London

Cherry blossoms scarf
AED 1,000.00

Turnbull and Asser

Reversible Monochrome Sterling Silver Round Cufflinks
AED 645.00

Alysia Thomas London

Tangerine Dreams Scarf
AED 1,000.00

Babette Wasserman

Enamel Button Tie Pin, Green - Base Metal, Enamel, Cord
AED 265.00

Rod Stewart

After his Atlantic crossing started a stellar career for the most famous Essex-Scotsman, Rod Stewart’s dress sense has always been worthy of note. And while Maggie May have admired this little number, Mr Stewart would have replied, “I don’t wanna talk about it.” While every picture tells a story, everyone knows Blondes have more fun — especially in a chessboard check scarf.

Stephen King

With more than 350 million book sales worldwide comes a fair deal of fame and disposable income to splash on lavish attire. But like the unique and quirky characters that populate his novels, the King of Horror doesn’t need to spend inordinate amounts of cash on a fancy jacket, rather this tartan piece imbues your look with the style of the scribe burning the midnight oil. 

Father told me that if I ever met a lady in a dress like yours, I must look her straight in the eyes.

— Prince Charles

Prince Charles

A young Prince Charles would not have known when this picture was taken that he was to become the oldest and longest-serving heir apparent in British history. The kilt is a garment of Gaelic tradition worn by men and boys from the Scottish Highlands, home to Balmoral — the British Royal Family’s Scottish residence. With two strapping heirs of his own, Prince Charles may have answered the age-old question of what is worn under the kilt with: “Nothing. It’s all in perfect working order.”

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Code of London

Barbican Waistcoat
AED 675.00


Burton Box Calf Black Leather M
AED 1,100.00

Turnbull and Asser

The Great Gatsby Navy Printed Silk Tie
AED 490.00

Emmett London

White Poplin
AED 600.00

Code of London

Soho dark brown single breasted two-piece suit
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Jean-Paul Gaultier

The haute couturier whose fragrances, bottled in their distinctive human form, ooze sex appeal is well placed to offer us style pointers. Seen here in a tartan plaid kilt and sleeveless denim shirt, the former Eurotrash presenter’s red blaze of check skirting his bottom half is a statement piece worth trying — at the right occasion.


One of America’s most recognisable television personalities, RuPaul’s fashion is always a subject for close consideration. Recently honoured with his own star on Hollywood’s famous boulevard of landed stars, Ru is typically flamboyant in an eyeball-popping red combination of tattersall on gingham check.

David Bowie

David Bowie was a man of mystery, and a man for all seasons. His ever-changing persona and performance styles even included this chequered ensemble. Checked flat caps aren’t just for gun-toting, fox-hunting aristocrats. Bowie, like so much he did in his lifetime, gives a new feel to a fashion staple.

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