Tartan You Glad – The Plaid Trend 2012

It’s kind of hard to call plaid a trend. After all it has been around for so long. And so many school kids wear it to school every day. But this isn’t that kind of plaid…and Tartan you glad!

Sorry, couldn’t resist the chance to be silly.

Check out these Autumn/Winter 2012 looks from Michael Kors. There is nothing school uniform about these looks. In fact I think they are all rather sophisticated, and fantastic ways to use the plaid trend in your wardrobe. Of course at the moment I obsessed with the fact that it is cold and wintery. The Michael Kors pieces all make me glad it is winter because I would love to be snuggled up, warm and toasty in all of them! The black and red skirt is going nowhere near school girl thanks to that black leather top. Love them all!

If you are in the Northern Hemisphere have a look at Marc Jacobs version of plaid. Soft, flowing and feminine! Definitely girlie but not school girlie…unless your school was filled with Lolita’s. MJ has offered up a great way to embrace plaid outside its traditional chilly months. The lovely spring colours and soft, sheer fabrics give new life to plaid.

Just in case you want your plaid to come in the form of 40s chic, I have included this little number from Rufian. What a great look for the office. With the hat, gloves and a scarf you could work your way through the wintery streets looking fantastic and staying warm. This suit look would also work nicely with tights and ankle boots on those really cold days. Great thing about a two piece look is that you can split them up and get more looks for your money. The top half would look equally great with black slacks or even just a plain black pencil skirt. You could wear the skirt with a crisp white button-down shirt. Add a skinny black tie if you want to play up the masculine/feminine contrast. Or what about going with one of my favourite colour combos…pink and grey. A pretty pink blouse in a 40s style with a neck bow would be too lovely.

What do you think, is plaid just for winter? Will you be wearing this trend or tartan you glad to see the last of it?


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8 responses to “Tartan You Glad – The Plaid Trend 2012

  • Lady Kate

    I love tartan! Great post x

  • turningheadsaustralia

    I have vintage plaid skirt. only wear it for winter defiNitely not for Brisbane summer

    • astimegoesbuy

      I can imagine!
      You’ll have to find yourself some summer appropriate plaid.
      When I was in Brisbane last month everyone was walking around like it was freezing because the mornings were about 17. Which was a few degrees higher than the high here in Victoria! 🙂

  • ethelthedean

    You’re killing me! Ooer, my heart is racing just looking at these photos. I LOVE the outfit on the right in the first photo. So. Ridiculously. Bad-ass.

    Also, I’m digging the Carmen Sandiego-40’s vibe. Makes me want to get into the international spy racket!

    • astimegoesbuy

      So agree!
      The red tartan with the leather top is fierce!
      How fun would Ethel The Dean International Spy be as your job description!!
      I might have to join you for special fashion missions. 🙂

  • fashionmasher

    Can’t believe how telepathic we are! I did tartan today and can never wait till winter to bring out my kilt! The original and the best but I do love the Marc Jacobs summer plaid – it looks like gossamer!
    Thank you from my Scottish heritage x

    • astimegoesbuy

      It must be because we are in the same season or hemisphere or just that we both love a good tartan!
      I think the Mark Jacobs summer plaid is gorgeous. Would so love to have that dress but have no where appropriate to wear something that fantastic. 🙂
      Aye, we Kelts need to stick together. 😉

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