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Trending: Tartan

I have this association with tartan that goes way back. When I was about seven my Mother liked to dress me and my sister alike from time to time and we had matching red and black tartan dresses with layered skirts that we just loved, looking somewhat like a Rod Stewart tribute act. My penchant for tartan developed from this dress. I was also given a kilt as a gift, which I wore with a cream Aran knit cardigan and black patent shoes with a gold buckle. As you can see, my seven year-old self was way ahead of the pack with this whole tartan trend that has appeared as an extension of the most talked about fashion fad for Autumn Winter: punk.

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Miss Selfridges AW13

Tartan has manifested itself in nearly every collection from New York to Paris and on every highstreet along the way, from the extreme Moschino to the more muted Stella McCartney. I have developed a love for the tartan suit from Moschino, whose red-based patterns on cropped and three-quarter length jackets were the perfect nod to the Scottish inspiration from Rosella Jardini. Come September, I am expecting to see this being worn at many Spring Summer fashion weeks. Stella McCartney merged her oversize double breasted coats with a lighter and less punk palate, limiting the checks to just one statement piece. Whether you are Tommy Hilfiger or Hedi Slimane, the British Isles seem to be the inspiration of choice for Autumn Winter.

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Lorna wearing Primark dress

Tartan will play a leading role in my new season wardrobe, possibly including a little tartan dress by Primark which is a dead ringer for a Saint Laurent number from the current collection – who said fashion needs to empty your wallet?! You can achieve a very on-trend outfit by matching this style of dress with a leather or bomber style jacket. I’m rather partial to green and black tartan too – especially in blazers and shirts – á la the plaid shirts which Saint Laurent styled over sheer dresses. To get that ‘straight off the catwalk’ outfit, try tying your shirt around your waist, with a white tee, skinny leather leggings and biker boots.

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Rhianna for River Island, released September

If you are a little less adventurous with this trend, the best way to incorporate it into your wardrobe is through accessories – like scarves and hats – which compliment Wintery textures like faux fur, sheepskin and leather. Of course, we cannot forget the aforementioned must-have shoe: the biker boot. I haven’t always liked this style of footwear, given that it can be a little unflattering on my calves, so I’m opting for the same effect but with some heel to add a feminine touch. Don’t worry, I’m keeping the studs.

- Lorna Weightman

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  • Autumn Winter Fashion Trends 2013. Let's Get Grunge. - Styleisle.ie - August 22nd, 2013 8:52 am

    [...] Plaid shirts, studded PU, mesh stockings, tartan skirts and biker jackets worn in laid-back, rebellious style make up Highland Grunge – a trend that takes a hint of punk, adds rock and mixes in some heavy metal to re-invent the glam rock vibes of decades past. Flannel checked bomber jackets with PU trims are worn oversized with slogan print t-shirts and ripped boyfriend jeans for those seeking the ultimate in this relaxed, defiant style. The key to the look is a tartan contrast collar babydoll dress, feminine in shape but worn with chunky biker boots this piece epitomises the edgy attitude required for this key trend, worn by yours truly in my latest column in Notion! [...]

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