Perhaps the most beloved gift from Scotland however, is their world-famous print. Sorry Paisley, but Tartan is the clear fashion winner.
Tartan has a long and rich history in Scotland, standing as a motif of national pride. Now it can be found just as easily in punk miniskirts as it can in traditional military dress. The print is not confined to Ceildhs and weddings but can work in an elegant pencil skirt at work, in a fun pair of trousers at a festival or in a quirky rucksack for travelling.
After Britain’s glorious summer, the temperature has finally dropped enough to merit jumpers. Say au revoir to your pastels and chiffon and say hello to woollens, tights and midi length skirts. Traditional wool tartan weaves are perfect as the nights draw in. It is an antidote for all the pretty florals of the Summer collections. There are no frills, no fuss, just eye-catching geometric lines, and the best part is the patterns can adapted for anyone’s style. Whether you’re channelling Clueless or Johnny Rotten there is always a way to wear this print.
To start with the catwalks, tartan was everywhere during the Autumn/Winter ‘13 fashion shows from the seductive overcoats at Louis Vuitton to the vibrant display at Moschino and the cool blue shift dresses at Alberta Ferretti. The trend promises to carry on into Spring. Vivienne Westwood opened her Spring/Summer ‘14 collection in Paris with a creation comprising of roses, plaid and green lace. Such an eccentric visual assault is unlikely to make it into everyone’s wardrobe so instead have a look out our chic and wearable tartan picks.
by Helen Murray
Photos by Marcus Tondo at InDigital – GoRunway