Tartan, tartan and more tartan!!

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Since it looks like quite a few people like tartan (it is my most successful subject ever!!), I think I will have to update my last year’s post about it, with this year’s tartan clothing…..

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There are two problems though, the first one is, there’s not much around, I suppose the trend is fading. The second one is, Tartan needs to be good, otherwise it looks awful, so prices are definitely rather high.

But, I searched extensively and found some interesting things, even though not many, to be fair..  As a matter of fact, it has really been difficult to find tartan clothing and what there is, isn’t very nice, lots of cheap stuff!! I have found a site though, where they sell “preowned” things. They are mostly quality designer pieces:

http://www.covetique.com

There ‘s otherwise  “The Outnet”, from the “Net-A-Porter’s Group , which sells previous season’s items at discounted prices. Here too, you can find some very good quality things, perhaps the only way most of us can end up owning a designer’s piece!!

http://www.theoutnet.com

First of all, I would like to show you some accessories. I like the idea of wearing a simple outfit and then adding just one tartan piece:

Such a nice wallet! Why hide it in your handbag, use it as a small clutch instead!!

Or you could go for something more casual:

BARBOUR GREEN TARTAN MORAR TARRAS BAG

BARBOUR GREEN TARTAN MORAR TARRAS BAG

 

Or an I-Pad case, again, used as a clutch:

AMI ALEXANDRE MATTIUSSI tartan iPad case

AMI ALEXANDRE MATTIUSSI tartan iPad case

 

 

 

 

 

What about adding some tartan shoes? Not with the bag of course, instead of it!

I love this pair of high heels or these quite unusual ankle boots:

Can you imagine a LBD or a dark grey one with them?!? Beautiful.

If you really want something tartan on your phone too, here’s a case for it:

Blue Tartan Phone Case by PATTERNPANDA

Blue Tartan Phone Case by PATTERNPANDA

I also found this belt:

Fausto Pugliesi tartan belt

Fausto Pugliesi tartan belt

I would wear it on a pair of jeans, wouldn’t that be chic?!

Let’s now talk about clothes.

I have a gorgeous outdoor’s jacket:

Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren tartan and faux fur jacket

Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren tartan and faux fur jacket

 

 

 

This is the first time ever I see a faux fur collar which looks like a real one, it does look really nice.

 

 

 

Another jacket, which could be worn in a more elegant way, or not:

LOVE MOSCHINO women's tartan wool jacket - red check

LOVE MOSCHINO women’s tartan wool jacket – red check

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now a couple of shirts, a silk one:

Tommy Hilfiger tartan shirt

Tommy Hilfiger tartan shirt

MIH JEANS GREEN SILK DOUBLE LAYER TARTAN TOP

MIH JEANS GREEN SILK DOUBLE LAYER TARTAN TOP

 

 

and a cotton one:

 

 

 

 

Next a top,

Boden HATTIE TOP

Boden HATTIE TOP

 

Isn’t it quite interesting? I would wear it with either a shirt or a long sleeves top underneath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok, now some skirts!

a lovely, vintage dress:

Liana Woolen Tartan Dress With Pleated Skirt by MRS POMERANZ

Liana Woolen Tartan Dress With Pleated Skirt by MRS POMERANZ

Trousers:

Do wear all of these things with plain and newest trends for maximum effect.

This is it I am afraid…

E.

Let’s talk autumn shoes!

Shoes! I adore shoes! So I thought I would start my autumn style suggestions with what I like best.
I think shoes are very important and make a huge difference to any outfit. Quality is very important too, having said that, I think that if one wants a pair of fashionable pretty pumps to use for only a season, one could buy something less expensive, as long as it is fun and different. But,the basic black shoe has to be good!

As mentioned before, I don’t really like heels much, that means you are going to find, at least for now, lots of very flat shoes.

I would divide them into three different styles:

1 LOAFERS/SLIP-ONS
2 BALLET PUMPS/BALLERINAS
3 BROGUES

Ok, the first group is what I am really excited about, as it is something new! Well… something which hasn’t been around for a while. I have always liked the “Gucci” loafer a lot and I think the “slipper” looks fun and very chic. I think they are going to be great both with skirts and trousers, although the set of legs need to be quite good…. anyway, keep the skirt quite long and the trousers short.
There are a few pairs which are rather flashy, so be careful! Only to be worn with a very understated outfit.
Here we are:





Next, ballet pumps, although some of the above perhaps could be considered to belong to this group…
I am happy to say ballerinas are going pointy again, which is good news as they make legs look much much longer!




And finally…. some laces. I can’t help it, I have always loved this kind of shoe and I have always had a pair. I generally prefer them with trousers but they are occasionaly nice with skirts too, something not short and tight, perhaps a tartan skirt or knitted dress. I like the chunkier version, not too much though. These too make your legs look thin and long.


I don’t want to talk about boots yet…..
Have fun with your “shoes shopping” and don’t forget to take a pair of socks with you! Speaking of which…. need to think and do some research about those too…
Bye bye.
E.