Tartan & Smarten

Frazer Lough
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You may have already noticed it on the streets everywhere you go, well certainly on the streets of Newcastle at least. Tartan has slowly taken over and I couldn’t be more thankful. Initially something uniquely Scottish, now it is something that can add a punk edge to your outfit! In fact not just tartan, checks and plaids are to be seen everywhere. Nothing screams winter more to me. These interlinked patterns are bang on trend this winter, whether you go down to the heritage or the punk look.

The different patterns can be incorporated into your outfit in a number of different ways. When it comes to checks and plaids there are a great number of shirts out there to go for. From cotton to flannel the material isn’t set in stone either. With winter approaching and the weather starting to take a down turn, flannel is the perfect material, offering a bit of thickness that a cotton shirt normally wouldn’t. Vintage stores and Urban Outfitters’ urban renewal section are great places to find plaids and checks that will be a bit more individual.

When it comes to shirts, bear in mind that a flannel shirt offers a more casual edge to this look. For the more formal route, going for a cotton check shirt can be an easy option. Pairing it with a blazer and some brogues for work is a look that I am all for this season. Alternatively, Topman have a great tartan blazer in that would be paired brilliantly with a crisp white shirt, if you like to make a bold statement with your fashion, then going for the full tartan suit can be a good look if you can pull it off.

If you want to go more for the hint of tartan, the easiest way to incorporate it into any outfit is through the accessories you choose to wear. This winter it is all about the tartan scarf. For me this is the most simple yet effective way to incorporate this latest trend into your wardrobe. It has been done for years and there are many colours to choose from. The main thing with scarves however is that they aren’t necessarily made for men. In fact you don’t actually have to buy a scarf for a man if you don’t want to, I certainly didn’t. There are various versions and colours to go for but one that will match what you already have in your wardrobe is the better option. This isn’t the only way to mix a bit of tartan into your outfit. Ties and pocket squares can be another effective way if you want to go down the formal route.

Just remember not to do too much. Overkill isn’t a good look in the slightest. If you’re going to wear more than one piece of tartan then make sure they are the same pattern or complementary. It’s all about the individual really when it comes to tartan, for some less is definitely more.


Jacket – Urban Outfitters

Shirt – Uniqlo

Tie – Zara

Blazer – Topman

Camel Scarf – Burberry

Green check Scarf – Dr Martens

About Frazer Lough

A 19 year old Linguistics student, hailing from the great city of Newcastle. Technically a Geordie, definitely Northern.