Every year, as summer draws to a close, we’re bombarded with a tirade of trend predictions for the season ahead. Buy this, wear that. It’s like trying to navigate a sartorial minefield. Well this year, we’re making your job a little easier and calling it: if you only buy one jacket this season, make it a checked blazer. Seen popping up everywhere from chain stores to designer labels, one thing remains clear: if it’s double-breasted—buy it! If you’re ready to retire the summer slip dress, here are five checked blazers we’re loving and how to style them this winter.

Want to give your summer wardrobe a little more longevity? Pop a blazer on over a slip dress or linen number to add a new edge to your old favourites. A black slip dress was made for layering. Add some block heels and you’re good to go.

A fun checked print blazer works just as well in the office as it does at the bar. To take your look from desk to drinks, switch out your pencil skirt for a black leather mini, and add a pop of red lipstick to your kisser and make that blazer work overtime.

We’re no strangers to a band tee and jeans combo. Come winter, we’ll be switching out sneakers for kitten heeled boots and throwing a blazer on over top to get those instant off-duty-model vibes. Bonus points for stepping out in a metallic bootie.

It’s not all 50 shades of grey, checks work just as well in nude tones too. Tuck a tee into your fave mum jeans, and accessorise with tonal shades of tan and beige. This look screams Sunday brunch with the girls.

It’s no secret that we’re all for clashing prints, and this season is no exception. Don’t let a checked-print blazer limit you to a more neutral outfit. Layer it on over a striped tee and add a printed scarf around your neck or in your hair to add an extra clash.

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