TARTANS: A LOOK AT THE AGELONG PATTERN
The advent of tartans dates as far back as the third/fourth century AD in Scotland. Tartans are fabrics that consist of lines of different widths and colours crossing each other at right angles.
They are very popular in fashion and there is a list of tartans registered with the Scottish Tartan Authority used to distinguish between clans, people, and associations.
The British noble and regimental tartans which are those of the current or former British royal family, of individual British nobility members, and of British military that use traditional Scottish attire.
The Scottish clan tartans which are those ascribed to particular clans of Scotland, including Highland, Lowland, Isles, and Borders clans.
Scottish non-clan family tartans ascribed to specific families or surnames, though not to Scottish clans; they range in date from 21st century to considerably older.
Non-Scottish family tartans created for families without a direct connection to Scotland.
Organisational/Corporate tartans are modern ones pertaining to a particular commercial, non-profit, or military organisation.
Regional tartans were created (mostly in modern times) for particular national and sub-national jurisdictions, most often officially, though with some exceptions.
The popular print exudes sophistication with high end and aesthetic appeal. Coming in various colours and distinct lines, it is a piece that every fashionable man and woman should own.
In the 1920s, Burberry, a UK fashion company, created an iconic (corporate) tartan which was sewn within the lining of their popular trench coats.
Today, the company designs different products ranging from three-piece suits, pants, jumpsuits, gowns, scarfs, purses, shoes, caps, etc using the iconic pattern which has become widely recognised in fashion.
It’s a point to note that when wearing a tartan or plaid outfit, always keep the rest of your accessories minimal. The look can be paired with sneakers or heels depending on the occasion.
Take the tartan challenge today – Have one in your wardrobe!