As the saying goes ” There’s nothing called as too many checks in a man’s wardrobe” , the checks trend has evolved so much with time that it’s now being observed in everything from clothing to accessories.
Other than various styles of textile fabric, check patterns are also used in numerous other areas such as:
1. On a board used by the medievial exchequer to perform financial computations.
2. In board games, such as Chess and checkers.
3. In heraldry.
Apart from the above, the check pattern has few symbolic meanings as well. In the world of auto racing, the chequered flag is unfurled at the finishing line to signal completion of the race. It’s origin goes back to the time when the “Checkers” – who watched the finish line and checked when cars finished their race. They used to distinguish themselves by using checkered flags.
When it comes to formal wear, we have few styles that come as striking, some as normal and some that go along with any season. One such evergreen style, that we come across in our daily lives, is Checks. A check pattern is made up of modified strips consisting of horizontal and vertical lines forming squares. While its competitor, the solid coloured pattern enjoys the flavour of being bold, the check pattern is all the while more traditional. It has an interesting origin too! Actually, it’s not just one. We have a variety of check patterns that make difference in appearance when carrying a formal attire:
1. Madras Checks:
It’s a summer fabric style and was originally used in traditional southern Indian dress known as ‘Lungi’ (a cloth wrapped around lower body like a towel). The check pattern comprises of checks and stripes in soft and vibrant colours. The unevenness of checks gives a sense of depth and dimension to the pattern.
As the name suggests, the pattern appears like the tooth structure of a hound. It comprises of tight weave of broken, pointed lines and uneven checks. The most common showcasing of this pattern is found in black and white but with evolution, is now available in various other colours too. One way of wearing a houndstooth check pattern is by wearing a formal blazer in the basic black and white colour along with a light-coloured shirt.
3. Pin Checks:
This is one of the most common patterns of checks worn by professionals these days. As the name suggests, it is created with pin sized stripes that cross each other to form checks that appear as tiny dots when seen from a distance. From an interview with a graceful presence to bartending, this pattern portrays an exuberated persona of the individual wearing it.