Pick a pattern wisely
The key to creating a stylish look featuring checked trousers is to keep the top half of your ensemble minimal. Printed shirts are just as fashionable as checked trousers, but not necessarily when they are paired together. Pick a solid coloured shirt to create balance and stop the attention from shifting from the trousers.
As far as colours go, greys and navy look the best. If you are picking plaid checks, a vein or two of red or bright blue woven into the pattern is just as much colour as you should be looking for. Anymore, and you risk looking inappropriately dressed at work.
Fit is key whether you pick solid coloured trousers or checked ones, but it becomes all the more important when you’re wearing checked trousers. Pay attention to the trouser break and ensure that the fit isn’t sloppy. The checked pattern must sit well on your physique as opposed to draping awkwardly.
As we mentioned, your safest bet is to keep the top half of your outfit as minimal as possible. However, if you wish to, you can pair your trousers with a matching suit jacket or a solid coloured one. If you pick the former, bear in mind that the checks are as similar as possible. If you’re opting for a different checked pattern altogether, ensure that its width complements that of your trousers.