Autumn / Winter 2013 fashion is quickly proving exactly why Winter wear does not have to be dreary!
The tartan trend has exploded into high street stores everywhere, taking inspiration from the world’s top designers who championed the trend throughout the New York, Paris, London and Milan Fashion Weeks. These designers have taken the classic fabrics and created fresh, rejuvenated, modernised styles whilst ensuring to maintain that careless attitude associated with plaid.
Take style inspiration from the fashion greats and be sure to adapt this daring trend to suit your on style, just as each top designer showcased their own individual take on tartan you should also! Make like daring Philip Lim, classic and sophisticated Louis Vuitton, glamorous Saint Laurent, top-to-toe tailored like Moschino, or look effortlessly chic with a monochrome spin on the trend as championed by Versace at Milan Fashion Week.
Those looking for slightly more daring style-inspiration need look no further than British born, self-taught iconic fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. Whilst tartan and plaid featured heavily throughout Westwood’s latest ready-to-wear line, her amazing new collection is simply an irresistible combination of traditional British tailoring techniques and daring deconstructions that nod to her punk beginnings.
The tartan trend is often rocked effortlessly by pop-superstar Rihanna who has frequently revisited this popular winter trend every season with her signature grunge look, as well as celebrities such as fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker, who infamously show-cased recently how to incorporate the plaid with a show-stopping red-carpet ball-gown, and stylish Harry Potter actress Emma Watson. This versatile look can easily be rocked from day to night, particularly with this season’s tartan skater dresses and skirts which can be worn with opaque tights and this season’s buckled ankle boots for a dramatic daytime look. Simply add eyeliner and a leather jacket like Emma Watson for that coveted, laid-back glamour for those wintry cold nights out.
Proving just how versatile this look can truly be, Kate Middleton was one of the first to stylishly pull off the often regenerated trend this season when she showcased a beautiful wool blue and grey plaid coat by Moloh, looking beautiful in April of this year. Or you can take laid-back style inspiration from the likes of stylish Lauren Conrad, who is often seeing looking effortlessly cool in a pair of skinny jeans accessorized with a loose fitting boyfriend fitted plaid shirt and shades.
Whether you choose to wear this trend subtly like Kate Middleton by investing in a gorgeous, timeless wardrobe-staple coat to last you all Winter long, or you simply accessorize your favourite dress with a tartan collar, or decide to be daring with head-to-toe tartan – you simply must be sure to inject a little bit of fun to your wardrobe this winter with this season’s must-have tartan trend which promises to seriously spice up your A/W 2013 wardrobe.
by Kathryn McGowan
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