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TARTANS: A LOOK AT THE AGELONG PATTERN

| May 6, 2020 | one comment

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.

Tartan shirts of different colours. Photo: Orvis

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.

Scottish kilt. Photo: Scottish Lion

For example:
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.

Tartan dress. Photo: Amazon
Green/black tartan dress. Photo: Amazon
Tartan handbag by Dooney & Bourke
Tartan shirt. Photo: Outdoor and Country
Tartan shirt. Photo: Outdoor and Country

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.

Burberry tartan shirt
Burberry tartan flat cap

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.

Zendaya in a tartan two-piece by Michael Kors

Take the tartan challenge today – Have one in your wardrobe!

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Esther Ogundare is a graduate of Biochemistry, a certified fashion designer, instructor, writer and public speaker with over 10 years experience in the industry. She is the Creative Director of Esolto Couture, a fashion house located in Lagos, Nigeria. She is also keen on youth and women empowerment. Esther is a Contributor at Befenchy's creativity and lifestyle media, Fashion Appraisal where she writes about everything fashion, beauty, and business of fashion.

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