Prince of Wales Check
The Prince of Wales check is certainly a pattern that is quintessentially British in its subtle style. Also known as Glen Plaid, the pattern is derived from the Glenurquhart Valley in Scotland, where it first gained popularity in menswear during the 19th Century. The Prince of Wales, Edward VII, was so taken with the pattern that he requested it for his bespoke suits. Today, this pattern is not only limited to suits – it is also prominent on men’s shirts, offering a classic alternative to stripes for the gentleman who wishes to venture past the arena of solid coloured shirts.
Checks in general are known for their versatility, and can be subtle or bold. Depending on the colour and the size of the plaid, you could opt for a toned-down check in a classic shade of blue, or try something more eye-catching in a brighter shade. Pair this shirt with your favourite suit, a pair of our fitted wool trousers for work or formal occasions, along with a simple solid tie. For casual occasions, pair with our garment dyed chinos, in beige, black or navy. These shirts can also be styled with a cashmere or merino wool jumper or cardigan, or with an elegant winter coat. However you choose to wear this check, a shirt in this pattern is sure to enhance your wardrobe while providing plenty of versatility.
Hawes & Curtis offers a range of men’s checked shirts featuring this pattern, printed on 2-ply 100s cotton with a silk touch finish. The shirts also come in selected styles, fits, cuff styles and collar styles. As with all of our men’s clothing, our shirts have been made with the care and attention you have come to expect from our tailors. Browse our selection of Prince of Wales check shirts.