The Weekend Edit: 4 Ways To Wear This Season’s Tartan Trend

By Astrid Carter | 19th January 2023
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Fashion’s love affair with tartan returns this season, from grungy wide-leg trousers to easy-to-wear shackets and show stopping gowns. Scroll to see four ways we love to wear the tartan trend

Tartan is one of those fashion trends that will never go away – we’ve only been wearing it since 3000BC(!) –  but this season, it is everywhere again, from high-end collections like Gucci and Isabel Marant to a flurry of cool indie brands like Grace Wears, Mad Seventies and La Veste. 

Tartan can feel traditional and modern in the same breadth making it one of the hardest working and timeless pieces in your wardrobe. But what’s perhaps the coolest and most fascinating thing about tartan is that it’s fashion’s ultimate contradiction – a fabric so versatile, so loved that it’s been worn by everyone from The Queen to the Sex Pistols. It can feel both punk and grunge, as well as prim and proper and you’ll find just about every type of garment, every season in the much-loved Scottish cloth somewhere. 

We couldn’t run a story on tartan without mentioning the late great Vivienne Westwood. The designer was the grande dame of the Scottish weave – in a contemporary sense – working it into her iconic punk aesthetic, onto shoes and accessories, and into period drama-worthy corsetry – remember that iconic moment of Naomi Campbell tumbling down the runway dripping in head-to-toe Westwood tartan? She even designed and registered her own tartan designs and there is no doubt that today’s designers flirting with the print have been influenced by Westwood at some point. This season’s return to the trend feels like a timely, sentimental cap tip to the icon.

Scroll to shop some of our favourite tartan trend looks…


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You only have to look at writer Pandora Sykes’ Instagram feed to know her highland fling has been going on for quite some time. Her tartan-on-tartan look is a great way to bring prints into your winter wardrobe.

Look 1 – The Tartan Blazer

Nod to the 1970s trend by pairing a classic tartan blazer with inky denim flares and a silk neck scarf. We love shopping white shirts in the menswear section – this one’s from Weekday men’s – for a cooler cut.

Look 2 – The Tartan Dress


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Although a failsafe for daytime wear, tartan can feel really romantic for the evening too. Take a leaf out of Alexa’s book and style frothy layers of taffeta and puffed sleeve dresses with velvet ballet pumps (one of SS22’s biggest accessories trends) and whimsical accessories. This look has Burns Night Supper written all over it.

Molly Goddard's signature frothy layers and silk taffeta bring a romantic edge to the tartan trend. Pair with this season's favourite velvety ballet pumps.

Look 3: The Tartan Trousers

Tartan can take on many guises but grunge is one of our favourites. Pair Vivienne Westwood’s cult tartan trews with an oversized chunky knit and clunky black loafers. 

Look 4: The Tartan Top

Pair La Veste's tartan top with a masculine pair of wide-leg trousers to keep things looking too twee. The perfect dinner out look for chilly winter nights.

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