How to wear checks for curves

One of this season’s hottest trends is checks. Big, small, tartan inspired or grids, the check is a classic pattern for autumn and winter. You can keep it subtle or go bold – here are a few of our favourites in store and online at the moment.

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Lady Voluptuous Ursula Wiggle Dress, $129.00 from Two Lippy Ladies (left) and Missguided Curve Tie Waist Check Dress, AUD $59.95 from The Iconic (right).

Whether it’s a figure hugging wiggle dress or a comfy button up, the colours you choose for your checks is important. Black, navy, red, grey and white are classic colours for autumn and winter checks, but keep an eye out for blues, pinks and greens to brighten things up.

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Weekender Jacket, $149.99 from City Chic (left) and Sara Stretch Check Blazer, $99.99 from EziBuy (right).

You can keep it casual with your checks or dress them up – jackets are a great way to add this trend into your wardrobe. For a casual look pair them with denim, or switch out your regular blazer and liven up your office outfit.

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Sara Check Coat, $149.99 from EziBuy (left) and London Check Jacket, $149.99 from City Chic (right).

Not just content with checks, there are a few pieces around that combine them with the classic houndstooth pattern. This is a little bolder than a simple check pattern but because of the neutral tones they’re easy to work in to your wardrobe.

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Check Wide Leg Marina Pant, $109.90 from K&K (left) and Atmos&Here Curvy Priya Tailored Pants, AUD $69.95 from The Iconic (right).

One of my favourite ways to bring prints into my outfits is through trousers – the key to get them looking great on you is making sure you have the right style for your body (for example, I love culottes and cropped wide leg trousers but drop crotch pants just don’t fit me right – find what works best for you).

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Scottish Frill Skirt, $89.99 from City Chic (left) and London Check Skirt, $79.99 from City Chic (right).

Not sure what to pair your checks with? These patterns go with almost anything – you can play it safe with neutrals, pick one of the colours featured in the check, or go bold and pair them with something equally eye catching. Don’t feel like you have to keep it plain, bright colours can liven up your outfits in winter and a bold print can really make an outfit stand out.

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Dogtooth Check Maxi Skirt, AUD $48.00 from Yours Clothing (left) and LIMITED COLLECTION Checked Skater Skirt, AUD $40.00 from Yours Clothing (right).

When it comes to skirts, the sky is the limit – checks look great in all kinds of styles, from maxi to mini to pencil. If you’re going for a shorter style in cold weather, consider adding stockings and boots to keep you warm and cosy. Leaving it long? Go for something tailored on top and some cute ankle boots for an easy smart look.

Meagan Kerr also writes at This is Meagan Kerr.

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