Style favourites are constantly coming back around, those pieces that we loved, we put away for a time or got rid of all together, yet some day in the near or not so near future they always come back to us.
Whether it's the power shoulders of the eighties, the flares of the seventies or the mini skirts and white boots of the sixties it seems nothing is all that fresh nowadays, but as someone who takes great inspiration from looking to the past I have to say I really rather like it.
I discussed a short while back about how I wish there was some sort of i-Cloud for storing our currently unloved clothes for a while until they inevitably come back around, now wouldn't that be all kinds of awesome!?
But alas, that is not the case and things come and go quicker than you can say "Peri Peri Chicken" (yeah, you can tell what I'm craving for dinner tonight can't ya!)
But I have to say, one trend I didn't see coming back around as quickly as it did and tbh, ever, was the humble checked shirt. A piece that is synonymous with the 90s grunge movement but that goes way back to the 1800's when the first plaid shirt was designed for workers in a Pennsylvania-based Woolen Mill. In the 1940's checked shirts were a weekend staple for most men and eventually women when Marilyn Monroe borrowed from the boys and began to wear them.
And the rest is quite literally history the plaid shirt became a part of our every day attire, particularly when I was around the age of 16-19(ish), when I was exploring the whole "indie kid" phase. Plaid shirts teamed with a pair of cut off denim shorts, DIY slogan T-shirts, tights, ankle socks and a pair of cheap brogues, anyone else?
Since then they have somewhat dwindled in popularity. Yes, they're still the kind of item that most people have in their wardrobes for down days, DIY days and not doing much else days, but I for one said sayonara to my checked shirts long ago so I'm rather surprised to see them back again today.
Surprised, yes! But pleased, HELL YES!
There's something so cool, so relaxed and so "I don't give a fuq" about checked shirts. I rocked my first checked shirt in a long ole time last week in Paris for an exciting trip with Maison Margiella Fragrances. It was a bit of a curve ball of a look but one I truly, truly adored for many reasons.
First off, I felt a lot like one of my style crushes Mary Kate Olsen, albeit a budget version. She rocks a checked shirt like nobody else, she throws caution to the wind when it comes to dressing for her shape and size and she works to create the most interesting of silhouettes, if you could even call them that. As a fellow petite gal, she's someone I really look up to for ignoring what it is society says she "should" wear.
Whilst this look wasn't necessarily made for me and all 5ft4 of me, somehow it worked and I felt both seriously comfortable and pretty damn great too.
The humble checked shirt is back and I for one am thrilled about it. I can't wait to see how far I can push it this season whether that be with more "unflattering" silhouettes, more layering like this, for both casual and for dressier occasions, I think this is going to be fun.