From puppytooth to plaid, checked shirts are a must this season.



Words: T. MacInnis

One of the best top or mid layers for autumn/winter is an overshirt. And, the best print for that overshirt is undoubtedly a check. Whether it’s puppytooth or more traditional plaid, nothing says autumn like a good checked overshirt.

Whether you’re looking for something super cosy or something sturdier, we have several great options this year when it comes to checked overshirts. Read on to find your favourite, and get some styling tips, too.




If you’re not a cardigan person but you want a cosier top layer, this brushed overshirt might be exactly what you’re looking for. The Italian bouclé is soft and warm, and the neutral tones are wearable and easy to to style. Try this overshirt with either camel or grey flannel joggers. Keep it tonal with light-coloured boots, too.



This earth-toned overshirt makes more of a statement, with its intricate puppytooth check and varying shades of brown. The cotton-wool blend and double-faced construction mean it’s warm enough to wear as a top layer even when the temperatures take a dive. If you run cold, layer it over lightweight knitwear, or even a chunkier roll neck on those really chilly days.



Next up is our grey-and-white overshirt, probably the easiest to style of the bunch. Thanks to its two-toned colouring, you can wear it with jeans, with joggers, with chinos, or with sweats. Whatever you’re feeling, this overshirt will work. Since monochromatic dressing is a big trend right now, we like an all-grey look, with charcoal joggers and a charcoal merino crewneck. It’s relaxed, but still put together, perfect for a chilled-out weekend.

Overshirts are a key piece for the season, and even colder spring and summer evenings, because they’re so versatile. They work as jackets, as cardigan replacements, and even buttoned up, on their own. Versatility is a great thing to focus on when you’re shopping for a new piece because you know you’ll wear it over and over, and that’s what makes an overshirt a smart buy.