The Prince of Wales Check is a well known check pattern, also known as the Glen check. It is in many ways best described as a check upon check and is made up of a larger and more subtle check superimposed upon a smaller check pattern.
If you love check patterns this is is in many ways the ultimate. For those not so persuaded by checks this might be too much.
It’s a pattern that is quite easy to wear on shirts. Particularly, if it’s being worn under a suit, even those who are not big fans of check patterns, can find ways of making their peace with such a shirt. However, a Prince of Wales check on a suit is a much bigger deal, a more complex undertaking.
The Prince of Wales check pattern has its roots in the country set, the term having its roots in the Scotland, in the Glenurquhart valley to be precise. However, it is hardly a country suit now; like much of the former country set, tweeds and cords for example, it’s now a less formal suit.
So if you’ve already dealt with suits that are pinstriped or plain, sharkskin or herringbone, and are looking to spread your wings a bit you might consider the Prince of Wales check.
For me a subtle check is probably the way to go, one which requires that you take a second look even to notice that it is checked. if the idea of an entire suit is too much you can of course consider it as part of a mix & match suit.
POW check works particularly well in greys but work equally well in navy or in brown.