The Scottish people have spoken, and we couldn’t be happier. Along with shortbread, a good single malt and Tilda Swinton, we’re loving all things Scottish – and luckily they seem to love us too. Coincidentally, tartan is definitively this season’s must-have print. 

Originally, wearing the Scottish print first became a thing after King George IV visited the Highlands and was welcomed by locals wearing checked kilts. Today, it’s been worn by many a style icon, including SJP, Jessica Alba, and naturally, University of St Andrews alum Kate Middleton. Tartan prints’ rich history elicits a sense of mystique. There are numerous kinds – from clan or family tartans, to district tartans, corporate, royal and mourning tartans. To us, there are just two kinds: precise, classic versions as well as cool contemporary takes on the style.

Tartans

 

Shop the Edit: Clockwise from left – Black and blue checked cape, Red Herring (coming soon)Red checked skirt, Mandi Navy checked wellies, MantarayMaroon eyelash knit jumper, H! by Henry HollandChecked bucket bag, Mantaray (coming soon), Red tartan cowl-neck dress, MandiTartan trousers, Red Herring (coming soon), Charlie loafer, Red Herring (coming soon).

When going Highland, do mix up differently coloured checked pieces for a fashion-forward look, and accessorise with gold accents à la the glorious Tilda Swinton in her Chanel ad.

(Images courtesy of: thehighlanderspoems.com, indulgy.com, xmarksthescot.com, [Tilda Swinton in Chanel] thedrum.com.)