Say cheese to checkmate! The 90s checkered trend is back with a plush reboot. Now, at some point, we’ve all looked like walking chessboards in the oversized monotone blocks, but this season your tartans are tantalising style senses in feminine silhouettes, played down squares and strikingly subtle hues. Read on to know how you can ‘check’ your style boxes right this instant!
<b> Colour co-ordinates</b><br/>
 

Colour co-ordinates

We think that blanket plaids are getting cosier this season with softer pastel incarnations. Take your cue from this Zara blouse that dodges the saturated black and red tartan pairing, keeping it summer worthy with blues and pinks. Team it with ripped jeans or shorts and a cool bandana for a grunge vibe, or dress it up with high-waisted trousers and contrasting, baby pink ‘barely-there’ stilettos.

Image courtesy: Zara

<b>Monochrome, checked</b><br/>
 

Monochrome, checked

Perhaps the most trusted duo, black and white is here to stay on the chessboard. We love Archana Kochhar’s floral take on monochromatic checks. Downplaying solid blocks with a one-shouldered white cover-up is a great way to add subtlety to the look. The flower motifs add much ‘pretty’ to the look.

Archana Kochhar for Lakmé Fashion Week Spring Resort, 2014

<b> Tie and dye tartans</b>
 

Tie and dye tartans

While head-to-toe tartan may sound a bit much, this Dorothy Perkin’s ensemble nails it! Keeping the colour spectrum the same and giving it a bit of a tie and dye finish, this shirt and skirt combo is wearable for work or play. The look gets full points from us, but we’d definitely add a pop of colour by ditching the black soles and opting for pumps in a striking red or pastel blue.

Dorothy Perkins for Lakmé Fashion Week Spring Resort, 2014

<b>With ethnic tones</b><br/>
 

With ethnic tones

Trust Manish Malhotra to whip up the simplest geometric patterns in the most stunning way. While the white-and-navy pairing won us over, we couldn't help but notice how he placed hand worked motifs on alternate blocks of what looked like checks. We thought to add this look to our list to show you just how you can incorporate the tartan flair to the most feminine lehengas and anarkalis.

Manish Malhotra for Lakmé Fashion Week Spring Resort, 2014