Tartan / Plaid: how to wear it from Now & into 2013

Normally a winter cloth, this sexy fabric makes its appearance in summer 2012 courtesy of several other fashion trends. For those new to the word, "Tartan" is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours. Tartans originated in woven wool, but now they are made in many other materials. 

Tartan is particularly associated with Scotland. For example, Scottish kilts almost always have tartan patterns. As is this beautiful Tweed Double Breasted Purple Check Ladies Jacket, shown below. 

Tartan is one of the patterns known as plaid in North America, but in Scotland, a plaid is a tartan cloth slung over the shoulder, or a blanket. Fashion designers like Marc Jacobs, Jil Sanders introduced the fabric in their Summer 2012 fashion lines, and fashion house Ruffian introduced the new fashion trend for Fall 2012. So its almost certain that this tartan fashion trend will continue into 2013. 

Tartan High Heel Shoe Royal Stewart, available on iluvscotland.co.uk

When shopping for tartan/ plaid clothing, take your time and get it right. Don’t just wear a thick plaid button shirt with skinny jeans and a trench coat.  Instead, get your swag on by having a little fun with the way you include plaid in your wardrobe. 

-Go bold with plaid print pants or accessorize with tartan scarfs, shoes, collars or bags. Layer with heavier tartan items and don’t be afraid to wear print on print. Like this Tartan High Heel Shoe Royal Stewart...

And it’s not a fashion trend unique to just women however;  The tartan trend on just as many men. And why not; in these times classic fashion makes plenty of sense as a street style trend.

A cool way to throw in a little tartan is with a tie. Check out this Anderson Tartan Plaid (Ancient) Scottish Clan Mens Tie Necktie made by Locharron of Scotland, one of the county's premier weavers. A cool site to get a head start on the tartar fashion trend is: http://iluvscotland.co.uk. And they ship all over the world. So get your swag on...


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