Tar­tan is set to be a hot trend in 2019, and with a bit of clever lay­er­ing it can be as ver­sa­tile as any other print, says our fash­ion stylist

The Sunday Telegraph - Sunday - - Country Matters -

I’ve al­ways loved tar­tan and have fond mem­o­ries of red tar­tan pinafore dresses for Christ­mas, so I was thrilled to see de­sign­ers and high street stores em­brac­ing it as a I love the sub­tle tar­tan print on this vel­vet dress, which I wore over the fes­tive pe­riod and that would work for a win­ter wed­ding. For a week­end at home, I layer it over a pie-crust col­lar shirt, but it also works as a skirt trend for 2019. Like tweed and waxed cot­ton, tar­tan is at home in the coun­try­side and is more wear­able than you’d think – so don’t save it for trips to the high­lands. un­der a chunkyknit jumper. This leather shirt feels more in­ter­est­ing than a clas­sic biker jacket and is a great cover-up. My chunky lace-up leather boots go with ev­ery­thing I own, so I needn’t com­pro­mise on prac­ti­cal­ity or com­fort. Some tar­tan of­fer­ings can feel a lit­tle gim­micky, but there are plenty of sur­pris­ingly ver­sa­tile op­tions that will take you from town to coun­try with ease. My fam­ily tar­tan is much too gar­ish for my taste, so I pre­fer to opt for clas­sic navy-toned va­ri­eties, such as Black Watch or Black Ste­wart. I like to dress these tai­lored trousers up with heels and a blouse in the evening but they’re comfy enough to wear on a brisk beach walk, too. A cash­mere jumper and my favourite shear­ling jacket keep me cosy, while my trusty Hunter Field boots al­low me to splash around with the dogs all af­ter­noon. Bri­tish her­itage brand Burberry of­fers chic, modern twists on clas­sic tar­tan and checked pieces. Pleated wool skirt, £890, Burberry (matches fash­

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