Checked shirts have long been a wardrobe staple, and whilst their popularity peaks every couple of years, they never go out of fashion. They’re the one shirt style that looks as good on rock stars and indie kids as they do on dads, even granddads. In fact, when it comes to versatility, this might just be the most useful item of clothing in your wardrobe once you know how to style it right.

 New season stock has seen several checked shirt styles arrive on our shelves here at Robinsons of Bawtry, including those from designers including Eton and Hugo Boss. Here are three things to consider when styling yours.


The differentiator in whether your checked shirt makes you dressed for dinner or ready for the rock stage is the size of the check. Small checks, like that of the Eton Gingham Shirt, work best for smart occasions, particularly when paired with neutral chinos. On the flip side, wide checks were made for casual nights out with the lads and look great worn with skinny jeans and suede desert boots.


Checked shirts that combine just two colours, blue and white or black and red for example, tend to look simpler than those with several shades. The Boss Green C-Bansi Shirt works black, white and blue hues into its wide checked print and works well with summer shorts or straight jeans in grey, black or dark blue washes.


As subtle as they seem, sleeves can mean the difference between smart and casual when it comes to checked shirts. Short sleeved styles tend to look smarter than longer sleeves that have been rolled up, so consider your cuffs in line with the occasion.

Is your wardrobe in serious need of a checked shirt update? Visit Robinsons today to shop our new season styles.