If the word ‘tartan’ brings to mind sporrans, haggis and a distinct lack of underwear (or maybe Cher Horowitz from Clueless) then you may be surprised to know that it’s one of the hottest trends coming off the catwalk this season.
But tartan is by no means new within the sartorial world. Designers such as Vivienne Westwood have been using tartan in their collections for years, but it’s only more recently that this plaid pattern has become popular on the catwalk and high street.
Vivienne Westwood Fall 2006
Tartan comes in a whole range of colours, materials and styles, and this season it’s been taken to a new level with additions of accessories such as studs, leather and tassels to add a punk edge (although again this is nothing new – the punk-tartan connection has been around since the 70s).
Leather and chains used in Versace’s Fall collection.
A more romantic-gothic take at Saint Laurent.
Dapper tartan blazers at Dsquared².
A pastel makeover at Stella McCartney with oversized jackets and coats.
The concept of tartan is all very well when you’re walking a catwalk, but how do you wear it outside of fashion week?
I personally prefer more subtle pieces of this statement pattern, like this scarf from Primark.
Accessories allow you to give a nod to the trend without making a big commitment to tartan. For those who are more daring and want to shout ‘tartan!’ from the rooftops, larger pieces such as coats and dresses can make for fantastic Autumnal style.
Johnny Loves Rosie tartan bow, £16 from ASOS.
This Daisy Street tartan skirt (£19.99 from ASOS) uses darker shades to keep the print more subtle.
This Belle Heart jacket, £32.99 from New Look, is a statement piece that would go perfectly with a plainer outfit.
Plaid skinny jeans, £19.75 from Forever 21.
The soft colours in this Barbour cashmere scarf, £39.95, make for a subtle (and cosy) touch of tartan.
Polo Ralph Lauren Vaughn tartan sneakers, £52.50.
Fred Perry shirt, £80
Similar to the Dsquared² blazer shown previously, this smart number is from Topman for £80
With wearable colours and flattering cuts to suit all tastes, tartan is the trend to try his season. Be it high street or designer, you’re guaranteed to look more highbrow than Highland this Autumn/Winter.