Ever since I was a child, I’ve taken a liking to all things British. Whether it was the red double decker buses, maps of the London Underground, afternoon tea, or bowler hats, if it was British, I liked it. Therefore my fondness for tartan may not come as a surprise.
Tartan was originally from Scotland dating back to the third or fourth century. It was originally hand woven, locally sourced patterns that were made up of interlocking stripes running in both the warp and weft of the fabric. Although there is no general symbolic meaning to this fabric, tartan patterns and colors represent several different Scottish clans and families. In the eighteenth century it was highly popularized in the Scottish Highland culture as a form of rebellion against the British government.
Since then, Tartan has made its way down from the Highlands and onto the runways. The most notable incorporation of tartan into its branding has been Burberry. Their trademark pattern of beige, white, black and red has been lining their trench coats since the 1920s, and has been plastered onto almost anything you can imagine. Tartan has become extremely versatile; one of my favorites was Alexander McQueen’s Autumn/Winter-2006/07 collection where he gave a tartan dress a feminine, punk twist with tulle under layer, and a pilgrim-style belt. Not only can tartan be used to represent a punk aesthetic, it can be easily used for a preppy look, mixing with different patterns, and if you’re looking for an alternative to a pair of black trousers.
We, at THECloset YVR have some suggestions for you!
Image 1 (T, L): This beautiful pink tartan Gucci dress with gold buttons can be worn underneath a blazer for a meeting at work, then worn with heels and stocking for late drinks with the girls.
Image 2 (B, L): Although black trousers are a staple is anyone closet, it’s time to spice things up and add a little color. These Deni Cler pants are perfect for when you’re looking for that statement outfit piece.
Image 3 (B, R): Men, don’t think we forgot about you! This Chester Barry Men’s blazer will give that “Ivy-league” style.
Image 4 (T, R): Be prepared for the rain this weekend with this red Max Mara trench coat with beige tartan lining.
I’m sure that most ladies, like myself, can agree that we can never have enough jackets. This red and white tartan Armani blazer with gold button cuffs is ideal for a flash of color during these grey winter months.