Trend Trial | Windowpane check

windowpane check dress

Windowpane check dress: French Connection

We’ve already spoken about tartan/plaid as a trend for autumn (again), but it’s not the only checked print to be popping up this season: we’re also going to be seeing a lot of windowpane check, which, according to the internets is:

[a pattern] of very wide checks, often in white or other light colors on top of a darker background. The name comes from the fact that the pattern does indeed look like a series of windowpanes

So, exactly what it sounds like, in other words.

Most of the windowpane check we’re seeing right now is of the “black on white/cream” variety, which we like, purely because it’s nice to see some lighter colours being used in winter clothing for a change. There’s also a fair amount of black, navy and tan around too, though, so if white is too bright (or just too hard to maintain), at least you have some lower-maintenance options to fall back on.

This is a print that crops up on men’s suits fairly often, and this helps lend it a slightly formal feel, although obviously how you wear it depends on the item it’s attached to. It’s a print that’s currently being used on everything from skirts and dresses to socks and pyjamas (midi skirts and cigarette trousers are particularly prone to getting the windowpane check treatment), though, so it can really be as casual or as dressy as you want it to be. And needless to say, although it’s currently “trendy”, it’s another one of those prints that tends to stick around, so it’s not going to look dated in a few months’ time.

What do you think of windowpane check? If you’re still undecided, here are some pieces currently available to buy on the high street: just click the image to go to the retail website.

Gallery | Windowpane check

Related: The Fashion Police review Dorothy Perkins’ windowpane check midi skirt


  • September 24, 2013


    I only like it on the dress

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  • September 24, 2013


    I like this as a skirt or dress, but not pants. I don’t know. I just can’t do the printed pants thing… I feel like it makes many people look bigger.

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  • September 24, 2013


    Yeah, I only really like it on the dress. It seems like the sort of print that would be tough to pair with another article of clothing.

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  • September 30, 2014

    Adeline Rossi

    I liked the skirt and the dress. The white pants with thinner lines could do but I would personally accessorise it with some belts or chatelaine like this one ( What do you think?

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