Favoured by the style elite and cherished by editors and stylists, there’s only one print that’s on the agenda this season. Originally claimed by British designer Vivienne Westwood as the pattern to remind everyone that you mean business, tartan is now covering ankles & legs at the speed of light. Without a hint of Highland fling, the traditional print has been given a contemporary makeover, as pops of colour and bolder lines have all been used to bring a little cheer to your hosiery drawer.
It’s not just me that has a penchant for it either, as the likes of Alexander McQueen and Moschino heavily featured the chequered print on their AW13 catwalks, paving the way for a wave of tartan tributes. But rather than overhauling your wardrobe to accommodate the trend, I prefer to let my choice of hosiery do the talking. Purse friendly and perfect for those who are hesitant about investing, tartan hosiery is ideal for breaking up a uniform of black, and giving tired footwear a makeover.
If you’re pining to jump on the trend bandwagon, then the Jackson Plaid Tights are a must. Made from a soft & stretchy 40 denier, the opaque tights have a printed tartan design that runs the full length of your legs. Loud, bold & colourful, these are available in four different shades to appease any tartan appetite. From quirky mustard to a more traditional red check, there’s bound to be a colour for you. For that ‘Pamela Mann’ touch, you’ll find that the vivid flashes of neon colours make an appearance, keeping your look unique. For a pared down style that will work for the office and bar, wear your tartan tights with a simple shift dress and knee high boots, allowing just a flash of the print to be seen.
Too much, too soon? If you’re gingerly embracing the trend, then perhaps the subtle approach is best for first timers. Great for those weary of a top to toe look, the short and sweet Tartan Ankle Socks from Pamela Mann are ideal. Still packing a tartan punch, the hosiery ankle socks can be dressed up or down – and come with a friendly price tag too. For the pattern-weary, try styling these socks underneath trousers or jeans, stepping into strappy sandals or brogues.
For a charming take on the trend, the Diagonal Tartan Tights from Pamela Mann are just the ticket. Perfect for party season (and the fast approaching festive one!), the plaid pattern wraps around your legs diagonally this time for a quirky touch. Warm enough to keep dropping temperatures at bay, these can be worn during bouts of sunnier weather too, making them the ideal all rounder. Chic and contemporary, these will look fab when styled with courts and a LBD. To balance your ensemble out, be sure to keep accessories minimal.
However, if you’re still not entirely won over by the print, then perhaps seek tartan inspiration from the likes of YSL. Featured on their AW13 catwalk, the fashion house teamed their tartan dresses with demure polka dot tights. I also love to style my tartan skirt with fishnet tights – another key trend for the season. But as seen on the likes of Cara Delevingne and Victoria Beckham, I have a feeling that tartan is here to stay…