30 May 2018

Plaid Out: Checks & Stripes

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Checks and stripes, much more fun than checks and balances.

Today in the office is meant to be about checks and balances but my mind has wandered to the more fashionable side of the grid. There is a big trend right now for blazers and pants to be covered in checks or stripes; some this season are in the vein of man’s tailoring and others downright bold with a thicker more nautical approach to the stripe.

As a fan of man’s tailoring, I am drawn heavily to this trend – give me a Prince of Wales, a Glen or a Hounstooth anyday and I am happy. It helps I do love a blazer and finding a new variation to add to the collection is a big bonus.

Many of our days are spent wearing jeans, capris or tailored trousers and the addition of a slightly patterned blazer really makes the simple essentials work harder. It’s easy dressing and I am all for that. A soft check or stripe can look as classic or relaxed as we style it. All black or white underneath with a grey check is an elegant option; add a colourful tee, perhaps a citrus shade and the whole look changes.

The check and stripe pieces are not only good worn separately but also together. The fashion for women to wear suits, both in and out of the office, has been around forever and it is an easy one for most women to wear well. Think Charlotte Rampling and Katherine Hepburn for starters.

And did I mention the plaid is ageless?

Plaid Out: Checks and Stripes on vickiarcher.com

My mind seems to be focused on ease of dressing; finding outfits that work but don’t take up mental bandwidth in the planning. Maybe it is a mood, or maybe there are so many exciting moments to be enjoyed in life that getting dressed should be a quick, happy and simple process.

Don’t you think? xv



leith linen  ||  topshop double breasted  ||  frame off-white  ||  veronica beard pinstripe

image, will davidson, vogue australia 2015, christy turlington calvin klein 1989

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I agree in this idea of “quick, simple, happy.”

I am finding as I become a woman or a certain and wonderful age, that I’m finally understanding how simplicity is more chic than excess. Just yesterday as I went to the grocery store after a day of work at school, the cashier commented on my attire. I also had walked into an antique shoppe where the owner complimented me and said, “I LOVE YOUR STYLE.” I was simply wearing a black, long bell-sleeved shirt with a flaired skirt in a pattern of black, coral, white and green. I had on black flats, a simple pair of gold hoop earrings….that’s it. But it felt good. Maybe the twirl of my skirt gave me a certain confidence, I don’t know…but I also felt a calm, an ease, and these days, I seem to be more aware of my person. What we wear does influence how we carry ourselves. How we do the latter influences those around us.


Whenever you are spending hard earned cash you really need to buy smart . Part of this “buy smart” is about developing a personal style that includes classics . This sounds like what you’re doing ! You can always add less expensive pieces from H&M, TopShop Ect, to stay on trend ! Loving this post !

Deborah Milne

I’m 100% onboard with you Vicki. As long as I can remember I’ve loved a well tailored suit. If it’s a smart pinstripe, a houndstooth, or tweed, even better. In my wee opinion, a well fitting suit is that easy dressing you were describing. It’s like an extension of my skin. I feel like a million and it takes me anywhere. Living in CA I miss dressing like this more than you can imagine. I did purchase a striped suit from ASOS that is more trendy and will quite fun this summer/fall. Happy weekend to you! xx


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