Street style alert – The Check Trouser

Last season was an eclectic playground. There was a riotous explosion of prints, embroideries, applique, and God-knows what-not on everything from denim to gingham. Bags and shoes weren’t left alone either with embroideries of various kinds edging their way into the once-muted accessory department. The box bag reined supreme and the embellished slide followed. All in all, it was a field day for all maximalists who seized the opportunity to put forward their craziest, most eye-brow raising foot forward (literally in some cases).

Well, now that the maximal season is underway, those of us who like to look forward and pick those next-season pieces well in advance (we don’t like being fashion followers or laggards), let’s figure out what are the key pieces we can buy now, that are sure to hold the test of time, tomorrow.

Though I love the hottest, new trend as much as the next person, I am not one to shop every fad and add it to my wardrobe. I am, what you could call, a smart shopper. I like to pick trends, ideas rather, from street-style pictures and catwalks, that I believe are classic – that can be paired with a variety of clothing, and will not be frowned upon for the next couple of years. So, in that sense, this item of clothing or trend will be an investment.

Keeping that in mind, here’s what you all need to own to nail next season (and all seasons beyond).

The Check Trouser

At first glance, you may think it veering towards pyjama territory but weren’t white sneakers purely for Tennis, and Little Black Dresses purely for funerals? The rules in fashion are bending like never before, and the seemingly-unthinkable has now become the creme-de-la-creme’s uniform. First with innerwear as outerwear – remember the satin slip dress that was everywhere end-2016; and now with pyjamas as legit streetwear. It won’t be long before boxer shorts are worn to prom nights, and well, bras are already being worn on the red carpet, so well, you get the drift.

The Check Trouser as seen on the New York Fashion Week Street Style Pictures | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
NEW YORK FASHION WEEK STREET STYLE | IMAGE CREDIT – VOGUE.CO.UK – SOREN JEPSEN/THE LOCALS

It goes without saying that wearing a pair of check trousers outdoors requires a fair bit of thought in terms of accessories and separates. You can’t literally look like you rolled out of bed and onto the streets.

Therefore your shoes, your bag, your hair, your jacket – everything has to work extra hard to take the check trouser out. One way is to throw on a matching or contrasting check blazer.

The Check Trouser Suit as seen during The London Fashion Week | Street Style Photography | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
LONDON FASHION WEEK STREET STYLE | IMAGE CREDIT: VOGUE.CO.UK – THE LOCALS
The Check Trouser Suit as seen during the Milan Fashion Week | Street Style Photography by JONATHAN DANIEL PRYCE for Vogue.co.uk | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
MILAN FASHION WEEK STREET STYLE | IMAGE CREDIT: JONATHAN DANIEL PRYCE FOR VOGUE.CO.UK

Throwing on a matching blazer is a good way to tell the world you’re not in the bedroom anymore – a check suit is the perfect marriage between lazy and sharp.

Another way is to wear your trousers with pretty shoes. Nobody will question an outfit finished off with a stellar pair of heels.

The Check Trouser with ruffles | Seen during Milan Fashion Week | Street Style Photography by JONATHAN DANIEL PRYCE for Vogue.co.uk | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
MILAN FASHION WEEK STREET STYLE | IMAGE CREDIT: JONATHAN DANIEL PRYCE FOR VOGUE.CO.UK

Sometimes, check trousers come trimmed with ruffles. That’s when kitten heels are enough to take this pair to a fashionable soiree.

The Check Jumpsuit as seen during The Milan Fashion Week | Street Style Photography | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
MILAN FASHION WEEK STREET STYLE | IMAGE CREDIT: VOGUE.CO.UK – SOREN JEPSEN/THE LOCALS

If you still feel you can’t pull off this trend, choose a jumpsuit with a dark, subtle check. Throw on an overcoat for more edge.

So, while wearing a pair of check pants, remember the following:

  1. Your shoes should be runway-worthy. The bolder the better. Think bright pumps, edgy boots, embellished sneakers, cute kitten heels.
  2. You must carry a smart bag. Doesn’t need to be super statement.
  3. Layer up on top – a jacket or a blazer in a contrasting or complementing hue. You can even roll a bright scarf multiple times around your neck.
  4. Optional: A bold plum lip can really jazz it up.

So, go out this Sunday, and buy the check trouser.

Happy shopping, ladies.

 

 

 

 

 

8 trends every fashion lover should own

Boyish Jackets

Though the Bomber Jacket has scored quite a few hits, a quick glimpse at street style across the four fashion-week destinations show that even military-inspired parkas and trenches are hot favourites at the moment.

And if you do buy this trend, DO NOT be dull and wear with denims. To really work it, wear your boyish jacket over your frilliest, girliest, flounciest skirt or dress. Another way is to throw it on over a ruffled top and distressed micro-mini denim shorts.

And that’s how you’ll create maximum impact.

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Shot by Diego Zuko. Image borrowed from Harper’s Bazaar – Read article here 

 

Bomber Jacket | Shot by Diego Zuko | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
Credit: Harper’s Bazaar | Shot by Diego Zuko

Cropped Jeans

This one’s simple. Keep your skinnies aside for a moment and pull on this trendier alternative to the mom jeans. Wear with a cropped top and a statement slip-ons to get the paparazzi rolling.

New York Fashion Week Street Style | Photos by Sandra Semburg | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Week started by Shivani Krishan
New York Fashion Week Street Style | Shot by Sandra Semburg

Edgy Ankle Boots

While, kolhapuris and strappy sandals may be your safest bet, edgy ankle boots will go a lot further in scoring you extra style points.  Wear with boho minidresses or boho maxidresses depending on your boldness level and get ready for love at first ‘style’. (Stupid wordplay, I know.)

BLACK ANKLE BOOTS | PARIS FASHION WEEK STREET STYLE 2016 | VOGUE UK | CHAI HIGH IS AN INDIAN FASHION BLOG STARTED BY SHIVANI KRISHAN
CREDIT – JONATHAN DANIEL PRYCE | IMAGE – BORROWED FROM VOGUE UK | READ VOGUE’S ARTICLE HERE

Boho Dresses

If you don’t already own these, well, what the hell were you thinking? Go all out and splurge on a couple of flowing, tasselled, printed and embroidered numbers. Wear with edgy boots to turn all the right heads.

Boho Maxi Dress | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
Credit: Harper’s Bazaar | Shot by Diego Zuko | New York Fashion Week Street Style

 

Oversized Graphic Tees

Graphic tees may be old news but teaming it with something flirty will offer a new approach to the basic. Wear it tucked into a tulle skirt to channel Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Dior Debut or choose a floral Forever 21 mini version.

From Maria Grazia Chiuri's Dior Debut | Image Credit: Vogue
From Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Dior Debut | Credit: Vogue Russia | See source here

Super-flared pants

Even though I don’t like this trend on me, style editors and front row enthusiasts seem to pull it off impeccably. Wear with an off-shoulder top and pretty kitten heels.

GREEN FLARED PANTS | PARIS FASHION WEEK STREET STYLE 2016 | VOGUE UK | CHAI HIGH IS AN INDIAN FASHION BLOG STARTED BY SHIVANI KRISHAN
CREDIT – SØREN JEPSEN/THE LOCALS IMAGE – BORROWED FROM VOGUE UK READ VOGUE’S ARTICLE http://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/paris-fashion-week-2016-street-style

The Slip

From slip-dresses to slip-tops, the underwear-as-outerwear philosophy is back and like never before. Toughen up a slip top with leather pants or make a silken slip-dress street-worthy with a leather jacket.

SLIP DRESS WITH BLACK ANKLE BOOTS | PARIS FASHION WEEK STREET STYLE 2016 | VOGUE UK | CHAI HIGH IS AN INDIAN FASHION BLOG STARTED BY SHIVANI KRISHAN
CREDIT – JONATHAN DANIEL PRYCE IMAGE – BORROWED FROM VOGUE UK READ VOGUE’S ARTICLE http://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/paris-fashion-week-2016-street-style
Slip top worn over white tee | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
New York Fashion Week Street Style | Shot by Sandra Semburg

Well, that’s all for today. Happy Shopping.