11 of the best checked dresses to shop now

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Check prints are a timeless classic and for a/w 2020 checked dresses made waves on the runway in a big way. The high street is burgeoning with checks big and small and of all colours to make this a real seasonal winner. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite checked dresses to buy now.

When it comes to prints and patterns, checks not only feel entirely universal, but also always ‘in’ to some degree. Whether you’ve previously adopted a check print for work wear, with a smartly tailored blazer or a super versatile checked skirt, this season checks have become far reaching, covering everything from office attire to the perfect weekend look.

Although tailoring remained a key look on the catwalks and important in our work wardrobes in pre lockdown life, new WFH requirements have ushered in a totally different approach to everyday dressing. The Prince of Wales checked suits that were once the height of runway success are now being replaced with softer ways of implementing the heritage-inspired patterns with a host of checked dresses making their mark on the season. 

Checked dress: Peter White / Getty Images Lanvin a/w 2020
Lanvin showed checks on the catwalk for a/w 2020

Popular on the runway at the likes of Lanvin, Stella McCartney, Dior and Saint Laurent, checks got a colourful makeover for a/w 2020, making something that we traditionally see as ‘for the office’ much more appropriate for what are currently very hard working wardrobes.

From perfect smock dresses with equally on trend statement sleeves and oversized collars to neater more streamlined options and grunge-inspired shirt dresses, checks are certainly still making their mark for a/w 2020.

Checked dress: Peter White / Getty Images Stella McCartney a/w 2020
Stella McCartney showed various checked pieces during her a/w 2020 catwalk show

Whether you love a bold plaid or prefer a sunnier picnic blanket-inspired pattern, checks in all their guises are very much making a mark this season.

If you’re hesitant to invest, then it’s worth noting that checks really do remain ever present on the high street, ensuring that what you purchase now can be worn time and time again, even in a/w 2021.

Look for styles that offer layering opportunities such as sleeveless silhouettes or smock dresses that can be paired with seasonal chunky knits. From big to small, bright hues to monochromatic, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite checked dresses here.

  • Mango

    Checked dress: Mango
    Checked dress: Mango

    Inject checks into your work wardrobe with this great tailored dress. As temperatures dip you can layer a blazer-inspired dress over a silky blouse or roll neck jumper.

    Shop checked dress at Mango, £35.99

  • Ganni

    Checked dress: Ganni
    Checked dress: Ganni

    This dress hits two trends in one as it also has a gorgeous full statement sleeve. The fun and flirty tiered dress can be easily dressed up with heels for party season or for everyday wear with opaque tights and boots.

    Shop checked mini dress at Ganni, £225

  • Weekday

    Checked dress: Weekday
    Checked dress: Weekday

    Shirt dresses remain a key silhouette heading into a/w 2020 and this earthy green checked dress is sure to become a WFH favourite.

    Shop checked shirt dress at Weekday, £55

  • Kitri

    Checked dress: Kitri
    Checked dress: Kitri

    The popularity of this dress shows no signs of abating and the cheery picnic style check fabric is sure to brighten up your autumn wardrobe no end. Add a cosy and oversized chunky cardigan for colder days. 

    Shop off the shoulder dress at Kitri, £145

  • Emporio Armani

    Checked dress: Emporio Armani
    Checked dress: Emporio Armani

    Our workwear wardrobe has had to seriously adapt over the past few months but if you are back in the office, this sweet high neck dress with checked bodice and playful pleated skirt is the perfect pick me up for back-to-business style. 

    Shop checked dress at Emporio Armani, £320

  • And Other Stories

    Checked dress: And Other Stories
    Checked dress: And Other Stories

    Big collars are a huge deal for a/w 2020 and so this checked dress had to make the list. While of course you can wear this dress as shown, styled with a pair of cute ankle boots, try a fitted sweater over the top to really show off the collar.

    Shop A-line checked dress at & Other Stories, £95

  • Navabi

    Checked dress: Annalisa at Navabi
    Checked dress: Annalisa at Navabi

    A little bit grungy, this black and red checked shirt dress is a super versatile purchase that makes slipping into autumn dressing that little bit easier. Although it is styled here with ankle boots, it would look great with some plimsole-style trainers too. 

    Shop Annalisa belted check shirt dress at Navabi, £92

  • Kemi Telford

    Checked dress: Kemi Telford
    Checked dress: Kemi Telford

    Loose-fit, throw-on dresses have become our best friends since WFH life began and as we settle in to more weeks away from the office, this alliance remains strong. Inject some colour into dreary autumn days with this pink and blue combination – add a leather jacket when the temperatures drop.

    Shop Ayomide Pink Blue dress at Kemi Telford, £130

  • Moto Moto

    Checked dress: Moto Moto at Akojo Market
    Checked dress: Moto Moto
    Add a bit of zing to your winter wardrobe with this super easy throw-on dress that will make you work Zoom call-ready in minutes. 

    Shop Moto Moto dress at Akojo Market, £130

  • Zara

    Check dress: Zara
    Check dress: Zara
    Swing into 60s style with this great checked mini dress. Perfect for heading out to see friends or for the office, this season is all about getting the most out of our clothes as times are so changeable. 

    Shop check mini dress at Zara, £29.99

  • Shrimps

    Checked dress: Shrimps at Matches
    Checked dress: Shrimps at Matches

    Another day, another smock dress. If you can’t get on board with this voluminous style then try adding a slim leather belt at your waist to switch up the look and give a more fitted silhouette. 

    Shop Shrimps Smith checked dress at Matches, £395

Hero Image: And Other Stories / Peter White Getty Images

First and second image: Peter White / Getty Images Lanvin a/w 2020, 

Further Images: courtesy of brands

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