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Check mate: The hottest checkerboard print pieces to buy now


The print has had a grown-up makeover, going from elder emo to a la mode (Picture: Getty)

Nothing makes you feel older than trends from your childhood coming back into fashion.

This season it’s all about checkerboard print, a proper throwback for any former scene kid and emo (or 2 Tone Records fan).

Commonly associated with youth subcultures, checkerboard is distinct from other checked patterns due to its square boxes and sharp lines.

Where gingham was everywhere this summer, checkerboard is its harder winter cousin. There’s no shading or graduation between each check which gives the print a new level of contrast – and therefore more impact.

Its resurgence onto the high street is a blessing for those who struggled with the super feminine milkmaid/Dorothy-style pieces that came before, but less so for those of you who missed checkerboard first time round.

Thankfully you don’t need to have been My Chemical Romance’s number one fan to rock the lock, as the checkerboard print has grown up just like we did.

Far from studded belts and Hot Topic knee socks, the checkerboard pieces on the UK high street right now are refined yet edgy, and suitable for elder emos and preps alike.

Check out the top checkerboard pieces you can buy now, and tell your parents once and for all that ‘it was never just a phase’.

Electric Cardi

If you’re not yet ready to fully immerse yourself, go for a hint of checkerboard alongside other patterns (Picture: The Ragged Priest)

Buy for £55 from The Ragged Priest.

Checkerboard Dress Curve

Opting for for feminine and floaty shapes contradicts the straightness of the print (Picture: Never Fully Dressed)

Buy for £89 from Never Fully Dressed.

Yoko Checkerboard Jeans

Pair with a crisp white shirt, jewel-toned shoes, and your most outlandish accessories (Picture: Monki)

Buy for £50 from Monki.

Checkerboard Corduroy Mini Skirt

Earthy fabrics and colours are a great way for those with understated style to work the print (Picture: Nasty Gal)

Buy for £22.50 (reduced from £45) from Nasty Gal.

Skinnydip Fluffy Tote Bag

Dip your toe into the trend with accessories (Picture: Asos)

Buy for £32 from Asos.

Ganni Smiley Checkerboard-knit Sweater Vest

Checkerboard doesn’t need to bright to stand out, as this unique textured sweater vest showcases (Picture: Matches Fashion)

Buy for £175 from Matches Fashion.

Dallia Red Dress

How perfect would this be for a wedding?! (Picture: Rixo)

Buy for £265 from Rixo.

Petite Checkerboard Puffer Jacket

Muted tones and a boxy shape will make this jacket a staple through the seasons (Picture: Asos)

Buy for £55 from Asos.

Plaid Knit Top

Comfy enough to count as loungewear, but cool enough to get compliments if you do venture outside (Picture: Zara)

Buy for £25.90 from Zara.

Dulay Sequin Mini Dress

A showstopping Christmas party dress if ever there was one (Picture: Motel Rocks)

Buy for £45 from Motel Rocks.

Ska Checkers Shawl

Pink and red is a popular colour combo right now, so this scarf ticks off two trends in one (Picture: Bimba Y Lola)

Buy for £60 from Bimba Y Lola.

Vans Classic Slip-On Shoes

We couldn’t forget the OG checkerboard shoes from Vans (Picture: Vans)

Buy for £55 from Vans.

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