How to wear the checkerboard pattern this autumn

We all know that the checkerboard pattern has been around for years. Still, it has recently become increasingly popular, featuring all over our social media feeds, used by industry-leading brands on the catwalk and worn by influencers.  It’s no wonder that checkerboard print is so popular because it’s so easy to style and wear. 

The checkerboard print has been recycled throughout the decades, but today’s trends are reminiscent of the 1990s and early 2000s. Often associated with grunge, skater culture, and motorsports, today’s trend offers a breath of new life into the fashion world and your wardrobe this autumn/winter season. Keep reading to discover how to incorporate the checkerboard trend into your wardrobe and for some style inspiration this season with our top picks from Jayley. 

Table of Contents

What is a checkerboard print?

The history of checkerboard 

Why you should invest in checkerboard

Jayley’s top checkerboard picks 

What is a checkerboard pattern?

If you’re new to the term, a checkerboard pattern consists of squares in two different colours positioned in alternating positions. No matter the colour, the checkerboard print resembles a chessboard and checkerboard, hence the name. 

The history of checkerboard

The checkerboard pattern has been around since the invention of chess in the 6th century. It also appears on tiles and flags that date all the way back to the 1600s. There are countless versions of this pattern that get reinvented into trends that the fashion industry can’t miss out on! 

The checkerboard pattern was introduced into fashion in the 1950s and 1960s and has been gracing the runways ever since. Many leading fashion designers, including Vivienne Westwood and Louis Vuitton, have used this striking pattern and utilised the many colour options available. 

Due to demand and popularity, checkerboard prints started appearing in fashion magazines like Vogue and Glamour in the 1950s and 1960s. The classic checkerboard pattern draws people in because there is so much joy and excitement found in it An all-rounder, it’s known as the feel-good print and gives people the confidence to dress more like their personality, being playful and fun it. The checkerboard pattern is the perfect trend to add to your autumn and winter wardrobe. 

Why you should invest in checkerboard

I don’t think we need to convince you to join the checkerboard trend, but just in case you aren’t 100% on it, here are a few reasons why you should.

Celebrities support the trend

You’ll see celebrities and influencers joining the checkerboard trend all over your social media. If you’re overwhelmed by the striking and bold patterns, scroll through your social media to find inspiration to style your checkerboard pieces. Whether you are struggling with matching colours or how to style bolder pieces, Instagram, Pinterest and TikTok are full of inspiration from the celebrities and influencers you love to follow. 

It will last season after season

The checkerboard pattern will carry you through multiple seasons. It’s a popular trend that returns year after year, and we see it on the catwalk every season,  guaranteeing any checkerboard piece you purchase will stay in style.  

The checkerboard pattern has been around for decades and is constantly coming back into fashion in different variations of colours and sizes. Purchasing high-quality pieces that you can style in multiple ways will benefit you greatly. Think about the colour combinations you currently have in your wardrobe and how you could fit the checkerboard pattern into it. 

It’s trending in interior and accessories 

It’s not just fashion where checkerboard is taking over; it’s also popular in homeware and accessories. Because the pattern is so versatile, it works on many different materials and fabrics, making it so popular. Here at Jayley, we have an extensive range of checkerboard accessories, including trending bags, cosy scarves and cute hats.

Jayley’s top checkerboard picks 

This checkerboard trend is reminiscent of the 1990s and early 2000s style as we see the return of the Y2K trends. You might think that checkerboard print is loud and bold, but when you pair it with the right pieces, it’s no different from wearing an animal print, florals or stripes. You just have to make sure you don’t overdo it. 

That being said, if you feel confident and know how to mix and match patterns and prints, you can create stunning outfits that complement each other. If you don’t feel confident doing this with colour, you can always stick to classic monochrome checkerboard patterns first and build confidence. However you choose to style your outfits, there are endless checkerboard clothing options. We’ve put together some of our top picks and how you can style the checkerboard pattern this autumn/winter. 

Checkered handbags 

If you aren’t too confident adding a pattern to your outfit, a great place to start is with your accessories. A bold checkerboard handbag gives you endless options. You can pair it with a simple black outfit to add a pop of colour, or you can match your checkerboard bag with the colours you’re wearing; this way, it won’t clash. Or, if you’re feeling brave, you can mix and match colours and patterns, confidently. You can never have too many bags, and here at Jayley, we have a whole host of styles and designs for you to choose from, including unique tote bags, stylish bum bags, and classic clutch bags all available in various colourways. Our range of checked bags is the perfect accessory to add colour and boldness to your outfit. 

Checkered hats 

Like a bag, a hat is an easy addition to any wardrobe, and as the colder days creep in, it is much easier to add a funky hat to your outfit. Here at Jayley, we have the cutest faux fur buckets hats that can jazz up your look, available in various colours. We have you covered if you’re looking for classic black and white to pair with bolder outfits or the perfect autumnal colours to fit straight into your autumn wardrobe. Our checkerboard hats can be dressed up or down and are a must-need item this season. All our checkered hats are made from high-quality faux fur material to offer warmth and comfort. Shop the classic and stylish bucket hats in an array of autumnal colours and transform your look with this season’s checkered hats.

Checked coats

A bold coat is the ultimate statement piece for every outfit. It can take a simple, plain outfit from 1 to 100 in seconds and is such a versatile piece that you’ll get lots of wear out of, season after season. At Jayley, various colour options and styles are available to fit your wardrobe for the upcoming autumn and winter seasons. We have midi-checked jackets, maxi-checked coats, oversized checkered jackets and more for you to choose from, helping you strike a balance between staying comfortable and stylish and warm and dry. Grab your checked coats and jackets online today and join the trend. 

Checked knitwear 

A must-have piece in every autumnal wardrobe is checked knitwear. It‘s a great and easy way to add fun and joy to your outfit. You can easily pair a staple checked jumper with comfy jeans, leather trousers, a midi skirt or even throw over a dress for an extra layer of warmth.  All our checked knitwear comes in trending colourways, patterns and designs to keep you up-to-date in the fashion world. So keep warm and stylish this season with our collection of high-quality and luxurious checked knitwear. 

There are no real rules when it comes to the checkerboard print, just make sure you add it to your wardrobe with confidence. The checkerboard print can be loud and overdone sometimes. The best way to ensure you don’t do this is to pair it with more subtle pieces like leather trousers, a simple coat or jeans. You can also use accessories to add pops of colour and pattern to your outfit using bags or hats. The most important thing is that you have fun with it, to showcase your personality through your outfit. 

However you choose to add the checkerboard print to your wardrobe,  have fun with it. It is a joyful and playful print that adds fun to any outfit. Using colours and patterns to lift spirits and boost moods is definitely something we need at this current time. So take inspiration from the catwalks, social media and celebrities and add a touch of the checkerboard trend into your wardrobe this season. Also, take a look at our wholesale site and discover more trending fabrics and pieces online today.

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