How To Wear Tartan

tartan shirt

This season we have seen the rise of tartan clothing, formally in just red and associated with the Scot’s, it’s looking more fashionable than ever right now. I am going to give you the low down on my favourite tartan pieces from the high street and how to wear them.


Perfect for a casual day look – a tartan shirt looks great with almost anything. Personally I would pair it with jeans and boots, but you could also wear it with a plain mini skirt. There are different shapes and styles – some slightly more fitted and others that come in a boyfriend fit which will determine what you wear them with. You also don’t need just red tartan, I bought myself a shirt from Topshop last week in purple tartan!

tartan jeans


It’s time for Jeggings to lose the flower and Aztec prints as it’s now about the famous Scottish pattern. There are a lot in the traditional red and black colours, although I have spotted some in blues and greens on the high street, so if you aren’t a fan of red there are alternatives! I would pair these with a black cami top and Jeffrey Campbell style boots, or a jumper if you are looking for something more casual.

tartan shorts


Needless to say the kilt is how the traditional tartan began – there are some amazing shorts (and skorts) out there in different shades and styles. Hot pants would look perfect if you’re petite (like me), if you’re tall you may run the risk of looking all leg and no body. Shorts look cute with a blouse or turtle neck as they are very popular at the moment, you can’t go wrong when pairing them together. Buy this pair at ASOS here.



My favourite kind of skirts are the midi skirts at the moment which add a great edgy look in tartan – for those taller ladies you would look great in one of these paired with a black blouse or jumper and pointy heels. The outfit would look great whether it be for work or dinner. For any smaller girls, a short pleated tartan skirt would also have the same effect; why not pair with black tights and Chelsea boots!


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