7 chic ways on how to wear plaid/tartan trend this season

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Tartan/plaids are shaping up to be the biggest trend of autumn/winter 2013. Many fashion designers have used tartan and plaid in their autumn/winter collection and it wasn’t long before this trend caught up with the high streets. Everyone has been rocking tartan/plaid trend from fashionistas to bloggers and celebrities.

What is the difference between plaid & tartan?

We know what you’re thinking, but let’s get this clear before moving on. Tartan is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours to form a rectangular pattern. Tartan is particularly associated with Scotland. Tartan is often called plaid in North America, but in Scotland, plaid is a tartan cloth slung over the shoulder as a kilt accessory. With that said tartan and plaid are interchangeable as the name for the cloth or patterns.  

Go bold with tartan print pieces but if you’re new to this trend start by incorporating it to your look inform of accessories such as plaid shoes, bags, rack sacks or scarves this season. When buying plaid/tartan pieces always keep in mind the type of plaid/tartan fabric you want before buying it, go for thick plaid/tartan fabrics for autumn/winter seasons and for chiffon, sheer fabrics for spring summer. 

Here are a few ways you can wear tartan/plaid without looking frumpy.

How to wear plaid/tartan Jacket

Wear a tartan jacket with pants, skirts, shorts or jumpsuit. Boots or heels will go well with a plaid jacket. Prince Harry girlfriend Cressida Bonas wore a tartan bomber jacket with a black top, grey skinny jeans, long chain and Dr Marten desert boots for a grunge look. For a night look Rita Ora paired her tartan jacket with leather zipper pants, silver chocker, white shirt, black cat lace veil from Maison Michel & black Christian Louboutin heels for a stand out evening look. Miranda Kerr wore a plaid Chanel jacket which she paired with a black blouse, black diamond encrusted cat-eye sunglasses, black leather hot pants, leather Chanel handbag and boots for a chic day look. June Ambrose looked punk rock chic at the Herve Leger show in a red tartan blazer, a black skirt, Chanel bag, black heels and a silk neck scarf. 

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How to wear tartan/plaid head to toe

Rita Ora wore tartan trousers with a matching Karl Lagerfeld tartan jacket. She completed her look with a black top, sunglasses, baseball hat & monochrome flat shoes for a slick look. Katy Perry wore an Alice + Olivia open front box tartan blazer with matching pleat plaid kilt skirt and Christian Louboutin resillissima resille 100mm boots with over the knee socks as she launched her fragrance Killer Queen at Douglass store in Berlin. Paloma Faith wore tartan blazer with matching pants & heels for a stylish casual look. Sadie Frost looked every inch stylish in a Topshop tailored check suit which she paired with  a black top & black heels for a grunge androgynous look.

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How to wear tartan/plaid skirt

A tartan skirt can be teamed up with any other piece of clothing from your closet. For a night look wear heels and for a day look flat shoes will do just fine on the skirt. Karel Gillan paired her plaid miniskirt with a ‘Ginge’ motif tee-shirt by Ginger Parrot, Burberry London black trench coat & black stiletto heels following her appearance on Daybreak. Tamzin Outhwaite looked bang on trend in a red tartan pencil skirt which she wore with black top & black heels for the UK film premiere of Filth. Katy Perry wore a black leather corset, tartan miniskirt, fishnet tights and Topshop wedge trainers for her performance at the iTunes festival at Camden Roundhouse. Anna Kendrick wore her tartan pencil skirt with cream heels, white shirt & a leather biker jacket for London fashion week. Kylie Jenner wore a short green & blue tartan skirt with black cropped top & black sneakers for a stylish grunge look.

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How to wear plaid/tartan dress

Wear a tartan dress with a blazer/jacket and flat shoes for a day look or heels to a casual event. Olivia Palermo looked well put together in a plaid shift dress which featured zip detail that could turn into a top. She paired the dress with thigh high boots & a green oversize clutch bag for a fashion show outfit.

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How to wear tartan/plaid top

Tartan top can be wore with skirts, shorts or trousers. Brooke Vincent looked stunning in an eye catching tartan bra top which she wore with a pair of jade green loose fitting trousers, heels and an orange envelope clutch bag for a stylish night look. Miley Cyrus wore an oversized blue & black plaid shirt with thigh high black Christian Louboutin boots & fur jacket for a daring look. Reese Witherspoon paired her plaid shirt with skinny jeans & brown ankle boots for a sassy 90s look. Cara Delevingne paired a clashing tartan print sweatshirt with leather pants, Mulberry studded leather sneakers, a black beanie hat & sunglasses for a chic look. The top featured  four different tartans in burgundy, red, white & green.

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How to wear tartan/plaid pants

Cara Delevingne paired her tartan pants which feature black side panel with white loose t-shirt, black shoes, sunglasses and a Vivienne Westwood winter tartan back pack for a relaxed day look. . Denise Van Outen paired her tartan trousers with black wedges, Prada handbag, oversize sunglasses, black top & fitted leather jacket for a day look. Gwen Stefani wore her drop crotch plaid pants with boots & a black cropped top for a chic stylish look. On another occasion Cara paired her tartan trousers with a white beanie, swallow print jumper & quirky sunglasses

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How to wear tartan/plaid accessories

Jade Thirwall paired her tartan scarf with black creepers, skinny jeans, black top & an oversize coat for a sassy look.

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