Check Mate


My boyfriend is slightly obsessed with checked shirts, if you see him outside of work I can guarantee that is what he will be wearing. He suits it and I really like that style on him, saying that I myself currently own… one! This is something I want to change and I’m on the market for some new casual check shirts.

My favourite brand for chic, fashionable shirts is definitely Rails. First of all, they are absolutely gorgeous and the material is stunning. You know I’m a sucker for material!

My current shirt is actually from Musto and every time I wear it, I get asked where it’s from. I just happened to go in there with my brother in the sales. I wasn’t really looking for anything but it caught my eye. In the end I bought it in a size above my usual, something I recommend doing with shirts like this, especially if you want to layer.


The check shirt is a wardrobe classic and has been arrived for what feels like a lifetime. It’s a safe bet and a reliable wardrobe essential.

Casual Style – Wear the shirt unbuttoned with a plain top and jeans. Roll up the sleeves and pop ya collar… you can’t go wrong!

Modern Style – made big by the Kardashians, tie it round you waist and wear it as more of an accessory!

Layered Style – Use the shirt as an extra layer. Pop on a plain dress and add the shirt for a bit of extra warmth.

Standard Style – Just stick to what you know and wear it the good ol’ fashioned way… like a shirt!

Dressed Up Style – Take it to the office with some smart tailored trousers, tuck it in and button to the top.



Coat – Barbour // Shirt – Musto (similar) // Jeans – Topshop // Boots – Hunter

You may recognise this shirt from my Reading post here. I wore it slightly differently, tied around my waist as an accessory.

Last weekend I wore it casually, we went for a walk through Bushy Park. The end goal was a wonderful pub lunch! It was a autumnal Sunday afternoon and we decided not to waste it by being stuck indoors.

If you have never been to Bushy Park, I would highly recommend it. It’s so beautiful, with lots to see and deer roaming free. You can take your family or go for a run for a change of scenery, you won’t be disappointed. They also have lots of beautiful gardens you can go through and a cafe for a pitstop!

After walking through Bushy Park, we went for lunch at The Mute Swan, which is opposite Hampton Court Palace.

The food was divine, I went for the Chicken & Hock Ham Pie with the dark chocolate tart to finish. I definitely felt like I needed the walk after… The jeans were beginning to feel rather tight!

This is one of my favourite things to do on a Sunday and it gets you out and enjoying some fresh air, when it is so easy to stay indoors.



If a check shirt is exactly what you need for this season, then I have some of my top picks for you here:

Some top picks from Rails-

Red & Navy

Green, White & Black

Black & White

White & Navy

If you don’t want to order from the US, they also sell this brand in Harrods.

New Look Red Check

Levi’s Blue Plaid

Dorothy Perkins Green Check

Pull&Bear White Check

ASOS Oxblood Check

Ralph Lauren Grey Check

I hope you managed to find something that tickles your fancy in that small selection. I would love to see how you style the check shirt, tag me in your pictures!


Love Life,

Emma xxx



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