Originally used in Scotland to distinguish different clans from each other, tartan is now everywhere. On runways, you will see models showing off various designers’ work in tartan while on the streets you will see people wearing tartan. By the looks of it, tartan fashion is going to be a staple so keep on reading for some styling ideas on how you can wear this trend.
If you aren’t sure you can pull off wearing tartan on clothes, why not do it on accessories instead? Think of tartan shawls, blanket scarves, headbands, bag, belts, and even shoes that are great to bring a flash of tartan on your style without looking overdone. Creatively knotting your tartan blanket scarf in different ways can instantly shift your looks in another statement.
If you want a closer Scottish fashion experience, wear tartan skirts. Although in Scotland it’s the men often wear the tartan skirt, you can also wear it for preppy school girl kind of outfits. The usual red-and-black pattern can be a grungy element that you can wear to show off your grunge style. Also, you may go for a midi tartan skirt and a crop top for an edgy but chic outfit. On the other hand, if you’re planning to wear the trend on the office, you may go for a muted style of the pattern like a black-and-white tartan.
As an alternative to typical neutral straight leg pants for the office, you may stick to tartan pants in dark colors and something sleek and tailored. So, you can pair them with other neutral colors to keep your work outfit looking neat and polished. But you can also look for other colors to pair them with but stick to plain colors as print mixing fashion for office will only take away the professionalism in you.
You may also add some Scottish girl vibe to your wardrobe by wearing tartan button down shirts. These are very versatile pieces that you can wear with different ensembles to create different looks. When paired with denim shorts or jeans and cowboy boots, you can have the initial impression of a cowgirl look. On the other hand, you can switch your footwear to stilettos, heels, or pumps that can make the edgy outfit more feminine. For an edgier street punk look, wear your tartan button down shirts over a graphic shirt and match with a pair leather trousers and leather boots. The slick fabric of your tartan shirt gets contrasted with the edgy feel of the leather that’s just so stylish. Also, like any other patterned or printed jackets, tartan jackets can give color to your outfit especially when you’re just wearing shirts-and-jeans combinations.
A full piece of pattern is always the best way to try out a new fashion trend safely. There are tartan dresses that have clean lines and modern silhouettes that can take you to a casual to semi-formal event. A tartan dress worn with a pair of ballerina flats or kitten heels can be a great look for a casual daytime outfit. There are also dresses with a vintage touch that could also be worn for a preppy outfit. If you’re not a fan of a red-and-black or black-and-white color combination of tartan pattern, you may now go for livelier colors that can suit your skin tone, hair color, and eye color that can definitely a way to express your personality. If you ever feel that wearing tartan pattern in a full piece is too much for you, you can always wear a jacket, coat, or blazer on top.
If you do want to go for mixed prints to nail two trends at once, always remember the print mixing rule of finding a common ground or a similar neutral color between the pattern and prints to avoid looking too busy or cluttered on your style. This way, you can show off your creative style while partaking the stylish trend.