There seems to be a common contention on how to wear checkered patterned pieces together. There is a camp that remains adamantly against mixing multiple checks at once. Their answer is easy, never mix checks. Period. This rule doesn’t sit well with us. In fact, our take is the complete opposite, we say never be afraid to pair checked patterns together. There are a few important measures to consider however. If you are wearing multiple checkered patterns, be certain that the checks are of different size so as not to create an unpleasant static visual for the viewer, we don’t want you sending anyone into epileptic seizure over a poor sartorial choice*. We want the checks to complement each other, not match. This will allow each separate pattern to live on it’s own and will create visual texture rather than visual chaos.
For instance, if you are wearing a traditional small checked gingham shirt and opt for a checked or plaid tie, you will want to make sure the tie check pattern is noticeably larger than that of the shirt. This will add depth to your look and each garment will stand alone rather than meld together.
*Note, there are successful examples of men wearing identical checked patterned pieces together, creating a modern look. In this case, as always, fit and proportion is essential.