YES YOU CAN: Brighten up your checks

Fashion director Shelly Vella shows you how.

I think it’s safe to say that most of us own at least one piece of checked clothing. After all, plaids and checks are classic and endure season after season. However, if, like me, you’re a little jaded with the browns and beiges, change up a gear and embrace a bolder take. Hot pink with pillar-box red, lush green and black or bright multicoloured checks look great with jeans or tailoring and work from day to night, town to country.

How to brighten up your checks:

To showcase a brighter colour combo, try a statement coat – as seen here at Zimmermann

Try the London look

Neutral checked accessories with statement brights? Perfect! Just ensure the tones work.

Trench coat, £475, Ted Baker

Blouse, £195, Iris & Ink, The Outnet

Skirt, £220, Essentiel Antwerp

Bag, £180, Loeffler Randall

Shoes, £323, Loeffler Randall

Get graphic with op-art checks in bold and on-trend green. Dress, £110, phase-eight.com

From Paris with love

For a little French chic, try a classic button-through knit in a bold check.

Cardigan, £49.99, Mango

Rollneck, £49, WoolOvers

Trousers, £175, Essentiel Antwerp

Beret, £23, & Other Stories

Loafers, £245, Russell and Bromley

Earrings, £24.99, Pilgrim

Ring, £27.99, Pilgrim

Try a little light lounging in a softly belted plaid suit. Jacket, £195, and trousers, £149, mirlabeane.com

Rock a Roman holiday

A boxy jacket in pretty pink looks sweet and will wake up faded denim. Just add heels.

Jacket, £329, Maje

Jeans, £65, & Other Stories

Bag, £79, Jasper Conran

Boots, £329, LK Bennett

Bracelet, £150, Pandora