This season sees the return of the Scot-influenced, 90's mania, cult print - tartan. Paired with all manner of complementary and not so complementary pieces down the runway at Vivienne Westwood, Saint Laurent Paris and slightly undone at Ashish, tartan is a trend that initially had me quivering at the knees. I'm pretty notorious for my favouring of clean colours, silhouettes and typically girlish clothing, but here we are, another season, another thing to try...
Look One is a simple, no-fuss choice. You don't need me to tell you that a collared shirt looks perfect when pared down with a little skater skirt. Leave it untucked for a more carefree style and add a little frilled ankle sock and patent loafer. I'm really into Pinterest at the moment (mainly for Aesthetic purposes) and adore these done-but-undone hairstyles too. Lo Bosworth (the other Lauren on Laguna Beach and The Hills) has some amazing, similar tutorials on her Youtube channel, fyi.
Being friends with a girl like Aisling inevitably means that you'll start perusing every shop in sight for a printed trouser. Tartan trousers are the easiest way to slip into this trend... if you style it well. Go for something loose and casual on the top. I adore these basic tops from Zara (similar in H&M, Uniqlo, Topshop) - tuck in a little panel at the front and leave the rest untucked. Something as 'dramatic' as a block top needs a statement necklace, so add in a tough statement necklace. The gold wishbone necklace was one of my favourites at the New Look AW13 press day, as were these amazing cut-out boots. Finish with a matte bold lip and bowler hat.
Finally, a girlish matchy-matchy look, taking co-ords to a next level. Whilst a tartan suit is probably too Clueless for today (I'm sorry, I love Clueless, it just had to be said!) Look Three is simply another way to do matchy-matchy and continue the obsession with co-ords. I really adore the shift shape this season: combining that ladylike look and Sixties' shape, this tartan dress had to feature somewhere on the blog. Add a little (sheer) collared top and an ankle boot and there's a perfect everyday outfit. In my coats quest (I have 8 winter coats and counting, ladies!), I also came across this Topshop number. This'll look perfect with this outfit and - wait for it - a tartan scarf. There, matchy-matchy part two, done.
How will you be styling tartan this season? Oh, and a small disclaimer, I'm never ever paid to feature items in my Ways to Wear posts. (: