Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Trend Report: Tartan

As these Christmas photos demonstrate, plaid is perennially relevant. More than a seasonal staple, it has a distinct holiday connotation and instantly festive feel.

Tartan may be timeless, but oversized vests and juvenile jumpsuits are best left behind. Fortunately for all, designers have created modern incarnations, deviating in color and material from the Black Watch and Royal Stewart wool classics, while still capturing the rugged elegance and uncontrived trendiness of the Scottish Highlands (read the Elle trend report).

photo courtesy elle.com

Hiked hemlines, pairing with pleats, fur trim and leather piping take tartan from '90s Christmas card to contemporary street chic. Find your own fresh way to celebrate the season in traditional form.

L.L. Bean Signature Madison Mini // J.Crew Perfect Shirt in Buffalo Check // Madewell Faux-Fur Circle Scarf // Elizabeth and James Max Plaid Pants

P.S. Talk about timely -- this piece from Who What Wear just popped up: How They Wear: Tartan

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