Well if Gok Wan says it, it must be true, and as he commented on Loose Women today, tartan and plaid is going to be all the rage for autumn this season. So what exactly should we be looking out for, if we want to look stylish and fashionable, and not dressed up like a Scottish bagpiper?
A few tips are to not go over board with the pattern. Look for tartan trims on the pockets, a splash of tartan for instance on the collar or hem line. Or stick to one item featuring the pattern, such as a dress or skirt, but then dilute the print with a coat, a cardigan or a jumper.
Another great way to wear tartan or plaid is to mix up the colours, so be brave and choose a different hue not necessarily associated with the standard red and green of typical tartan. Look for lovely autumnal colours like berry purples, muted browns and oranges, even pinks and blues.
In the meantime, we have scoured the best fashion clothing websites to give you an idea of what we think are going to be this season’s best buys. See what you think:
Glamorous Jersey Swing Dress In Tartan – £22.00
A standard red and black colour pattern of tartan first up, this pretty skater dress from Glamorous is made in flattering swing style which is great for any figure. The soft pleats in the skirt allow the dress to flare out and there is also a bateau neckline with full length sleeves. Sizes are in 6 to 14. From Asos.
Free People – Plaid Maxi Dress – £128
Exactly what we mean by choosing a different colour to wear this pattern. A gorgeous maxi dress, that highlights the fact you can wear this style out of the summer season with equal aplomb, and still get it bang on trend. A gorgeous muted colour way of orange and light beige, perfect for autumn, and comes in sizes XS, S, M and L. From Free People.
The Cambridge Satchel Company 14″ Designer Tartan Leather Satchel – £130.00
The Cambridge Satchel company has come a long way in the last few years, and it is easy to see why. Quality merchandise, and an old classic with a modern updated twist. This neon yellow bag is no exception, featuring a tartan patch in funky colours on the front, with a flap closure with buckle fastening and an outside pouch pocket. The shoulder strap is adjustable. From Asos.
Topshop – Enzyme Check Smock Dress – £36.00
We love this smock dress because you can dress it for any season. For autumn, slip a skinny rib jumper underneath for extra layers and warmth, then in the summer either pop a tee-shirt on, or leave it as it is. The bright blue colour is a modern twist on the tartan pattern, and the shaped waist is flattering on any figure. Sizes are in 4 to 16. From Topshop.
Barbour Tartan Liddesdale Jacket – £179.00
Fabulous autumn colours in khaki greens from Barbour. This easy to wear jacket is made from durable fabric with a classic tartan print that will stay fashionable throughout the seasons. It features a zipped front with a press stud fastening, has two pockets in the front and it made by the established British brand. Sizes in 6 to 18. From Asos.
Miss Selfridge – Orange Check Knitted Skirt – £24.00
This knitted pencil skirt is perfect for autumn with its seasonal colours of orange in a check pattern of tartan. Comes with an elasticated waist, making it ideal for a quick and easy fit, team this skirt with a black turtle neck jumper and long black leather boots for a trendy 60’s look that will get all the heads turning. Sizes are in 4 to 16. From Miss Selfridge.
Vivienne Westwood White Leather Strap Watch With Tartan Face – £165.00
If you fancy just a splash of tartan, you can’t go wrong with this designer watch by our very own British icon of fashion – Vivienne Westwood. Featuring a gorgeous tartan print face and a stainless steel casing, the watch has three hands and a leather strap with a buckle fastening. From Asos.
ASOS Top With Gathered Neck In Tartan Print – £30.00
Finally, a pretty chiffon blouse in a super sheer material, in typical autumnal colours of oranges, browns and yellows. You can wear the blouse either tucked into jeans, or free flowing, the neck is gathered and there is a keyhole button fastening to reverse. Sizes in 4 to 18. From Asos.