If you ask any man  about his wardrobe essentials the intent of having checks is very much a staple. In any brand of fashion wear it is well accepted that having the plaid shorts and trousers in some part of their collection is a given as it is one of the most well sold pattern for Men’s wear. In time with the more dapper men the checks have come into reinventing the plaid patterns from just basics into suits, overcoats, waistcoats and even hats. In the vintage wardrobe designs the classic plaid was well noticed and has been a must have.

The many Rounds of the Check Mate Series explores this very specific pattern play and how you can make the most simple outfits or check patterns create that special lift of your daily wear. In this story we are specifically looking at some linen and cotton summer outfits that are sure to keep you noticeable within subtle controls.

Yellowed Blue

A navy check with yellow and trouser is the ensemble suggested. Formal, smart and yet trendy the overall look is gamed up with some gold accessories, shoes and the signature wooden chequered bowtie. The tow toned blue asymmetric scarf adds drama for those who want to have a little more fun. The traditional balis and ring with the buckled belt add the traditional glamour but one can work with silver accessories too.


Shirt: GAP | Trouser: Custom made by | Bowtie: Street shopping, Kathmandu |

Belt: Gucci

Shoes: Tiger | Ring: Roberto Cavalli  | Earings: Amrapali | Scarf: H&M

Location: Bamboo Groves at Lodhi Garden, New Delhi

Moody Blues

For all those who have followed me on social media you would have seen my rather many indulgences in the world of fashion blues. This look is centered on a very summer comfort look which is easy drapes and loose fits. The blue tones are subtle ones and there is a pattern play between the checks and striped waistcoat. The overall outfit is very relaxed like your on vacation and allows you to just wander in any relaxed mood you wish to be in.


Tunic Shirt: GAP | Trouser: Custom made by | Waistcoat: Jack & Jones|

Shoes: Sacoor |  Dragon Ring: Chatuchak market, Bangkok | Coin Earrings: Amrapali | Hat: Tierack

Location: Safdarjung Tomb, New Delhi

Greyed Pink

A combination again of subtle patterns and textures. The grey linen custom chequered trousers with the thin pink lines are played up with the classic pink and white check shirt. A herringbone weave customised Nehru jacket with tones of greys, green and pinks is added to close off the look with a pink pocket square which is actually striped. The detailed stone and oxidized gold coin buttons are accentuated in the jewellery as well.



Shirt: Benetton | Trouser: Custom made by | Nehru jacket: |

Shoes: Amorio, Jaipur | Ring: Roberto Cavalli | Earings: Amrapali

Location: Habitat Center, New Delhi

Check mate people, for now this is where it ends! What do you think!??


Image credits: Ankur Mondal.

Styling and Concept: Subhashish Mandal, Yours truly!

  • Jay Malhotra


    U look always handsome n stylish love u subu ji my rana ji

    • admin

      thank you so much Menaka

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