THERE ARE some fabrics and prints that just keep on giving whatever the era, and tartan is most definitely one of them. Wide or narrow checks in rich hues that give a nod to our Scottish sisters and the heritage that surrounds them are abundant this winter. Last year saw a revival of the kilt; this year, however,
M&S Best of British shirt dress, £129 sees a revival of everything from dresses to trousers all the way through to bags and shoes.
Highland Fashion Week, launched last year, showcases new Scottish designers and their patriotic designs — giving them the perfect platform to envelop everything tartan. It’s no surprise shops on British high-streets have tapped into the popularity of the check trend and the versatility the timeless print has among both the young and the old.
Vivienne Westwood backpack, £395, at House of Fraser months and its deep-coloured shades lend well to cosy scarves and winter woollies. This trendcanoftenveeronthesideof masculine, however, this season designers such as Miu Miu give a 70s twist on the classic style with large buttoned coats and oversized accessories that are overtly womanly. Meanwhile, Italian-owned label Stella Jean, takes the classic tartan dress and adds embroidered designs for a quirky and contemporary feel. Asever,ourqueenof theBritishfashionarmy, Vivienne Westwood, always incorporates tartanintohercollections,whatevertheseason,
Matalan check waterfall shawl, £15
Tu at Sainsbury’s “coatigan”, £28 but surprisingly this year she has competition among her peers.
Today’s tartan is refreshed by its size and pattern. Anything goes as long as it’s plaid. While abstract designs give a grungy modern look, Prince of Wales checks remain a classic style that will just keep on giving.
There’s a style to suit everyone, so it’s about time you check them out.
Topshop blouse, £32
Sophia Webster Leah sandals £395, at