Girly Tartan

If there’s one fabric to invest in this season, it’s tartan. Tartan is one of the biggest trends for Autumn/Winter 13, initially seen on designer catwalks such as Mulberry, Vivienne Westwood and Moschino.

It has since been splashed all over the high street and blogosphere.

At first, the idea of tartan seems quite ambitious. Tartan, when overdone, can look cheap and horrifying. However, by sticking to one key piece and building an outfit around it – or using it to accessorise – you can keep tartan looking more minimalistic yet striking.

Is red not your hue? You can buy tartan in different colour ways, as well as in the traditional red. There’s some divine forest green and violet purple shades that have been worked into the original pattern, currently available at Topshop, Primark and H&M.

A lot of people assume that tartan must be used for casual occasions. Today I want to show you how you can make tartan feel more girly and dressy, for a smarter occasion.

I took one key piece, a long sleeved cropped top, and muted it with a denim pinafore dress and black opaque tights. I then added black Chelsea boots, as it was raining outside, and upped the glamour with statement jewellery and a sophisticated snakeskin satchel.

Tartan Cropped Top – Primark

Denim Pinafore Dress – H&M

Black Opaque Tights – M&S

Black Chelsea Boots – ASOS

Horse Necklace – Topshop

Snakeskin Satchel – New Look

In terms of beauty, I kept my make-up simple for a fresh-faced look using minimal foundation and concealer. I then winged my eyeliner and added some red lipstick to give the aura of classic femininity.

I hope you’re loving tartan as much as I am!

(What do you think to my outfit? How would you dress up tartan? Please leave me a comment! Katie-xo)

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