For the vast majority of us, a suit jacket for every day of the week is the stuff of dreams. Thus we've pulled together three individual looks from one very fairly priced checked wool jacket, a snip at £199 from Marks & Spencer.
1 A plain shirt and a subtle tie (which should correspond with the jacket) looks smart and simple. Pink cotton shirt, £59, by Thomas Pink. Brown/white spotted silk tie, £65, by Hackett
2 The solid-coloured tie references, but doesn’t match, the shirt. Advanced, but elegant. Pink/maroon cotton checked shirt, £89, by Reiss. Maroon wool tie, £59, by Thomas Pink
3 Two distinct patterns can be successfully combined if they’re of contrasting scales. White cotton shirt, £30, by Burton. Grey/green wool checked tie, £115, by E Tautz
For our full guide to checked suits see this month's issue, on shelves now.