Tartan is a major trend for fall 11/12 and it has presented itself as a trend to reckon with for spring/summer 11/12. The tartan trend is known to be a symbol of Scotland’s rich heritage and is popularly referred to as “plaid” in North America. Tartan is one trend that is standing undisputed- may I mention that it is not just integrated into Scottish culture but it is also a part of Nigerian history- represented by our dear “Ghana must go” bags.
A trend never out of season- thanks to the popular Scottish heritage of kilts and other traditional forms it comes in, many asides the Scottish of course, believe the tartan is actually usurping denim as the new key fabric to double up in wardrobes.
Fashion houses, likes of Burberry –who is known for its adaptation of the beige, red and black tartan check pattern as a brand identity, took a retro sixties approach to the trend, having designs in coats accessorized with flat caps on the catwalk. However this season, designers championing the tartan and making it very adorable are Fati Asibelua for Asibelua, Vivienne Westwood and the colour-lover Paul Smith.
For her Spring/ Summer 09 collection, Vintage design queen, Lanre Da Silva- Ajayi opted to play with tartan to create a mix of simple and exuberant styles.
Asibelua presented a range of styles in its S/S 12 collection which capture the sophistication of tartan.
Key Notes On Rocking Tartan
It is advisable to go for tartan fashion in pieces such as jackets, skirts, bags and shoes. Tartan trousers almost look disastrous and it has the ability to make one look like a clown- this is probably why stylish Nigerian women shy away from the trend! However, if you can lay your hands on the tartan pants showcased by Asibelua for its spring/summer 11/12, then I can assure you, you won’t fall an inch short of being stylish- Asibelua manages to pull off tartan trousers as a sexy alternative bottom for the adventurous fashionista!
Here are styling ensembles of tartan fashion I have put together. For each look, I have included the fragrance that I think best describes the mood and captures the spirit of the ensemble perfectly. Be inspired!