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- 23 Oct 13

Checks are big this autumn. And this is good news for us mamas as I’ve always felt checks encapsulate an element of effortless chic; the holy grail of post-child dressing. Plus they’re a step onwards and upwards from mama’s-wearing-Breton-stripes, again. Checks got me by the throat when I first saw this now out-of-stock Ganni number trickle through the fashion blogs. It was that heartfelt moment of “I want! Now!”. Blame Celine and Stella McCartney too – this plaid-intarsia sweater is another blogger favourite and on my fantasy wishlist. So I’ve been thinking about ways to bring checks into my life.

The Coat
The most obvious was with a winter coat. I couldn’t find an actual Ganni dupe, but when I came across this oversized check piece from Next in muted autumnal mauves and grey, I knew it was the one. And for just £75? No complaints there. The oversized trend equals warm and cosy and this has a double-breasted front which means for the first time in years I don’t need to worry about forgetting a scarf. For me, wearing oversized on top generally means skinnies and a little heel on the bottom. Next coat, £75 

The Dress
This is where checks bleed into tartan, another of autumn’s big trends thanks to the grunge thing going on right now. Now tartan isn’t for everyone, but I think a one-off trend piece like this dress can be quite fun. OK, at less than £20, this is probably not an investment piece, but I was quite surprised at how much I liked wearing something so statement and eye-catching. Give it a go? OMG Fashion dress, £14

The Shirt
A shirt tied around the waist is an easy way to give grunge and checks a little knowing nod. And I love how it looks with faded denim. This shirt is a really old Topshop one but there are loads around at the moment – if you want to wear the shirt as well then buttoning up right to the top is the way to go. Such a cute look with boyfriends – forgive me for mentioning the ones I’m wearing in the photo, but I have tell you; these are the latest version of Levi’s 501s, and I have never worn such a perfect pair. Worth foregoing another pair of stretchy skinnies any day! Topshop check shirts, prices vary

 

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Julia Rebaudo blogs about style at Stylonylon, and takes beautiful photos. She is mother to Gus, 2, and she is married to Myles MacInnes, aka Mylo. They live in Clapton, East London and often escape to rural Portugal.

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