Five ways to wear tartan this winter

It’s Christmastime, there’s no need to be afraid… of wearing tartan!

Yes, it’s that time of year again, which means that the colour red has become as ubiquitous as gingerbread lattes and Christmas lights on Grafton Street.

It also means that the pattern of the season, tartan, is back with a vengeance.

But as we all collectively try to bring the festive spirit to our winter wardrobes, how can we achieve the tartan look without looking like we just regressed to our school uniform days?

Here’s how to get the season’s trickiest trend right in 2019/2020.

Look 1: The Tartan Dress

I Saw It First, €20

Channel Mrs Claus (in a good way) this Christmas with a red tartan dress!

Give a plaid pinafore a modern update with a simple black turtleneck and a mini-bag. Add tights to your look for extra warmth, and finish off with a black teddy coat to keep out the winter chill.

ASOS, €49.77

Alternatively, this square neck tea dress is a different take on the tartan trend.

With its bustier detail and long sleeve, this dress is sexy and sophisticated to boot.

Add black tights, heeled boots and a statement necklace for a desk to dance-floor look we love.

Look 2: The Tartan Top

River Island, €24

Here we have two versions in a similar style – one, a traditional red tartan and another darker top in black, red and gold.

Both can be styled with black jeans or, more daringly, with leather trousers and stilettos for a fun Christmas party look.

Topshop, €29

Look 3: The Tartan Skirt 

Next, €30

Next, we have a staple of many a school wardrobe: the tartan skirt.

Take this look into the present day, pairing with a chunky knit or cute tee, for the perfect festive look.

Look 4: The Tartan Coat 

Missguided, €91.99

If you’re really looking to invest in this trend, then perhaps a tartan coat is the best purchase you can make this winter.

The tartan coat is a classic Christmas staple that you can pull out time and time again.

Winter wedding? Wear it over a red midi dress. Work meeting? Layer over your black suit jacket. Night out? Add warmth to your LBD look. The possibilities are endless with this classic piece.

River Island, €80

Look 5: The Tartan Trouser

Marks & Spencer, €82

The tartan trouser is the perfect addition to your wardrobe, injecting some colour (and that Christmas feeling) to your workwear, party or lounge wear.

An absolute must-have for anyone!

Pretty Little Thing, €29

Will you be trying the tartan trend this season?


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