11 check coats guaranteed to brighten up your outfit in an instant

Update check prints by going for bright standout shades. These are the best ones to shop for winter. 

A check coat is a seasonal classic and with winter well on its way there has never been a better time to get your outerwear wardrobe sorted.

The classic check is a regular on the catwalk for autumn/winter collections and the heritage style is often featured by a multitude of big name fashion houses

For autumn/winter 2020, checks were very much back on the agenda at the February fashion week shows, with the likes of Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Alexander McQueen and Celine all opting for the heritage look. 

While checks are very much ‘in’ for this season, it is rare to find an autumn where checks don’t impact on designer collections and the high street in some way, such is fashion’s fondness for the look. This makes them a great trend piece to invest in as you can wear them time and time again, season after season.

For autumn/winter 2020 you can expect checks in all shapes and guises. From the classic picnic checks, to Prince of Wales, bold tartans and everything in between, the style takes a lot of its inspiration from the countryside and that real country-chic aesthetic, think the Queen on a weekend if you’re looking for a style reference. 

While of course it’s classic to look for navy, black and other neutral hues, look for some brighter and bolder executions too, as a bright coat is a great antidote to winter blues.

Checked coats are often tailored, making them a great workwear option as they will look fantastic over blazers and fitted trousers, but you can also use a tailored check coat to elevate your favourite weekend jeans and boot combo.

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite check coats for every budget, style and size to shop now and love forever.

  • Zara

    This green and white coat is so fresh

    This gingham green and white coat is really refreshing and will look minty fresh on those ice cool winter mornings.

    Shop wool blend check coat at Zara, £59.99

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  • Tommy Hilfiger

    Tartan is a great way to inject checks

    A bright red tartan is a winter classic and this beautifully tailored coat is perfect for your back-to-work wardrobe. The coat features some lovely added detail including the Tommy logo under the collar at the nape of the neck.

    Shop wool cashmere tartan check coat at Tommy Hilfiger, £290

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  • Arket

    This bold mustard hue is really fun

    If you’re looking to add a pop of colour to your outerwear, this overshirt style jacket with a bold mustard check is great for pairing with neutral hues. Made of a wool blend it will keep you nice and warm but also work well as a layering piece.

    Shop oversized wool blend jacket at Arket, £89

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  • Mango

    This coat is great for work

    Another shorter style, this oversized coat is great for layering over knitwear for added warmth. We love the chic piping detail along the edges of the jacket and the leather-look buttons.

    Shop checked oversized coat at Mango, £89.99

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  • Isabel Marant Étoile

    Check coats are great for all occasions

    Made from a soft wool-blend, this coat also comes in blue. We love the lumberjack oversized shirt styling, making it great for pairing with your favourite jeans and chunky boots.

    Shop Isabel Marant Étoile Gabrion single-breasted checked wool-blend coat at Matches, £470

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  • NÖR

    This coat looks really snug

    An excellent winter warmer pair this coat with an A-line skirt and leather boots for a chic weekend look.

    Shop NÖR checked wool-blend coat at Navabi, £322

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  • Thebe Magugu

    An abstract check print is a great way to wear the trend

    A little more abstract than most checks, this has all the hallmarks of a gingham with its big oversized tablecloth style checks. This parka will be great heading into spring too.

    Shop Thebe Magugu kitchentable parka at 24s, £832

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  • And Other Stories

    This chic belted coat will be great for work

    A neutral hued coat will never date. This gorgeous wool-blend coat with self-tie belt is perfect from autumn right through to spring. 

    Shop belted wool-blend coat at And Other Stories, £175

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  • Scotch and Soda

    This shirt/jacket is great for everyday wear

    The shirt/jacket, or shacket as it is fondly referred to, is the perfect autumnal layering piece and we love the red and orange running through this one. The vibrant pop of colour means you can team it with almost anything.

    Shop wool-blend tweed shirt jacket at Scotch and Soda, £194.95


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  • Reiss

    This wool coat will keep you really warm

    A gorgeous light and neutral coat made from 100% wool, you’ll be feeling snug and toasty warm in this winter coat. While it will work over most colours, the check coat will look best over other tonal pieces for a super sleek look.

    Shop Reiss Atticus single-breasted wool coat at Selfridges, £325

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  • Monki

    This coat features some vintage styling with a fitted cuff and rounded collar

    Featuring an on-trend statement sleeve, this gorgeous green and beige coat with self-tie belt is great over workwear or for weekend looks. The rounded colour and two deep front pockets add a slightly vintage aesthetic to the coat too. 

    Shop wool-blend beige and green coat at Monki, £75

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