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The edit: checked shirts

Five shirts: nearly one for every day of the week. Now try and take your pick.

When you think checked shirts, what do you think? Lumber jacks, western movie stars or versatile wardrobe staple that can be worn loads of ways, for every occasion? For us, it’s most definitely the latter. Here’s our pick of our favourite plaid, along with some ideas on how to style it up.

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The one that doubles up as a jacket

Gone are the days that you have to wear your shirt just as a shirt. This burgundy and yellow version comes with a neat zip-front so it also works as a jacket. Wear open, layered over a fine knit roll neck and beat the chill in style.

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The classic gingham

Gingham: a fashion favourite that always works. In timeless navy and white, this pure cotton shirt is made to be worn with indigo denim. Try with some straight-leg turn-up jeans and sleek lace-up tan boots for polished sma-sual (smart-casual, that is) style.

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The made-for-layering version

Layering up just got super-easy with this never-out-of-style relaxed plaid shirt. With a cosy quilted lining and a heavy finish, it looks good worn as an over-shirt with a vintage band tee, everyday jeans and classic kicks.

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The crisp office shirt

Who said checked shirts should only be worn on the weekend? With a subtle brown print, this crisp version is crying out to be worn with a heritage-inspired wool suit, in matching brown. Finish off with a pair of slick brogues. Dapper dressing = job done, nicely.

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The weekend favourite

But if you do want to save your checked shirts for the weekend, this grey and white one is the answer. Wear simply with a pair of washed black jeans and box-fresh sneakers – just add a padded black bomber when (and if) you leave the house.

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