Check Yourself

How the Prince of Wales got his own check print

Check Yourself

How the Prince of Wales got his own check print

This season’s biggest trend

“ME+EM have some of the best trousers out there (some even with drawstring waists!). My favourite is the new checked pair with red stripe detail which would like great with a black or red knit, depending on how bright you are feeling.” – The Daily Telegraph


This season sees Prince of Wales check march down the catwalk and into our wardrobes as a key trend. Classic, cool and iconic, worked in a pant suit (another major trend to tick off), this is the investment that is guaranteed to never lose its shine.

Not that Prince of Wales

When we say the Prince of Wales, we don’t mean Charles of modern fame. This check print was born in the early 19th Century and the Prince of Wales in question was Queen’s Victoria’s eldest son, Albert.

Although it bears his name, Prince of Wales Check – also known as Glen plaid, or the infinitely less catchy Glenurquhart check – was not in fact created by the royal prince. The distinctive grid pattern comes courtesy of the Countess of Seafield, whose estate in Invernessshire the prince visited on a shooting holiday.

The Evolution of a Trend

He clearly had an eye for detail and a certain sartorial flare, because having spotted the check print on the gamekeepers, he adopted the print, making changes to colours and tweaking the scale of the check. Once he started sporting it on the social scene, the check became all the rage.

The check evolved over the generations, with his grandson the Duke of Windsor adding in red or blue. It still remains instantly recognisable though, a fashion icon in its own right.

How to wear check today

“I like ME+EM’s mono check office appropriate jacket with matching trews” – The Times

With the launch of our icon Checked Blazer and co-ordinating Check Side Stripe Slim Crop Trouser, we’ve taken this key trend and given it a light-hearted twist for everyday wear. A classic monochrome Prince of Wales check, disrupted with modern red running through it, combined with our signature side stripe in bold red grosgrain.

Team the slim-cut trousers with this season’s knitwear; the jacket with denim for a contemporary smart-casual look. For a super on-trend look, wear both the pants and blazer together for an ultimate power suit that will stand out in a boardroom.