Inspiration | 19th January 2024

Glencheck: The storied and seriously stylish plaid pattern

With a rich history written by the royal and urban wearer alike, glencheck is a powerful storyteller in dressing. Lean into a closer study of the storied and seriously stylish twill-based pattern featured in our Pre-Spring Collection's Gytta R Trousers and Angie Wool Coat.

Glencheck is a classic plaid pattern characterized by a combination of small and large checks intricately interwoven with stripes. A houndstooth motif subdues the alternating dark and light tones, creating an illusion of a square pattern when viewed from afar. Executing the pattern in design, draping, and tailoring requires precision and quality craftsmanship.

Upon introduction, glencheck caught the interest of the Scottish, English, and Wales upper class, including Edward VIII, who eventually popularized the pattern during his time as Prince of Wales. The period birthed the Prince of Wales Check, an alteration of the plaid distinguished by an over-check detail, but also imparted an air of exclusivity and class to the original glencheck design. A string of royal favor has since followed the pattern as its wearers have included the likes of King Charles III, Princess Diana, and Kate Middleton.

Pairing multiple glencheck pieces together is a traditional yet eye-catching approach to wearing the pattern. Introducing a white silk dress shirt balances the boldness, while playful jewelry and feminine pumps up the look for special occasions.

Aava Silk ShirtAava Silk Shirt
Aava Silk Shirt Sale price£305.00
Loralie Pearl NecklaceLoralie Pearl Necklace
Loralie Pearl Necklace Sale price£113.00
Gytta Wool TrousersGytta Wool Trousers
Gytta Wool Trousers Sale price£322.00
Ophira Pearl NecklaceOphira Pearl Necklace
Ophira Pearl Necklace Sale price£113.00

Combining glencheck with denim renders a casual yet classic look that echoes a 90s off-duty version of royal style. A white t-shirt or polo brightens the ensemble while maintaining a relaxed tone.

Northie Jeans
Angie Wool Coat
Polana Polo Knit
Northie JeansNorthie Jeans
Northie Jeans Sale price£174.00
Angie Wool CoatAngie Wool Coat
Angie Wool Coat Sale price£602.00
Polana Polo KnitPolana Polo Knit
Polana Polo Knit Sale price£148.00


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