This season our long-time love affair with all things tartan, plaid and checks continued courtesy of Coach, Dior, Etro and Lanvin.
On the runways we saw renditions of longline plaid blazers in playful colours, midi skirts splashed with heritage motifs and check-on-check for the chicest delivery in suiting.
The aforementioned check-on-check was brought to you by Dolce & Gabbana; who weren’t afraid to double down on checks for their AW19 collection and layer plaid coats over tartan suits. D&G being no stranger to a highland fling; the Italian design duo are also responsible for *that* iconic plaid yellow suit worn by Cher Horowitz in cult classic Clueless.
Over the years there have been countless iterations of the Scottish motif, from rock and roll steampunk to Royal decree. Royals have always had a penchant for tartan, with the likes of Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex often opting for a Prince of Wales check for various public outings and events. On the small screen, Charlotte York McDougall’s custom tartan strapless gown in Sex and the City will always be a memorable moment.
Where a pinstripe suit is a classic, add a little edge to your ensemble with powerful plaids and playful checks. Injecting a little highland fling into your wardrobe couldn’t be simpler; pair back with a crisp white tee or go casual cool with denim additions. A heritage check can go the distance.
So, swap out your leopard print midi skirt this season for a touch of tartan, just in time for Spring.
Sofia wear (left) Louis Vuitton blazer, $7550, top, and skirt, both POA, au.louisvuitton.com. Carla wears Christian Dior bustier, $3900, T-shirt, $1250, and skirt, $5000, dior.com. Photography by Tane Coffin. Styled by Jana Pokorny.
Chopova Lowena, $1192, available at matchesfashion.com
Fendi, $4790, available at net-a-porter.com
Ganni, $429, available at net-a-porter.com
Gucci, $2270, available at matchesfashion.com
Hansen & Gretel, $269, hansenandgretel.com
Stuart Weitzman, $725, available at davidjones.com
Zara, $139, zara.com/au