The tartan guide part 3

The tartan guide

The tartan guide part 3

Tartan history, number 2:

Queen Victoria designed the Victoria tartan and Prince Albert designed the Balmoral tartan and both of these still see wide use today by the Royals and by commoners. Because of its association with British royalty and aristocracy around this period, tartan, in general, started developing an air of dignity and exclusivity to it. This trope has occasionally been subverted, however, for example, the punk rock scene of the 1970s in Britain saw widespread use of tartan as a kind of mocking anti-establishment symbol. Also, the grunge music scene of the 1990s, particularly in the United States, saw lots of tartan patterns used as well. All this being said, Scotland is where tartan really took root to the extent that different Scottish clans adopted clan tartans over time.

Tartan history, number 3:

The naming and registration of specific clan tartans began in 1815 upon a resolution from the Highland Society of London. Today, however, almost all Scottish clans have several types of tartans associated with their name and several plans also have official tartans as documented by various official societies.

How to wear and pair tartan, number 1:

Given its heritage, tartan is an ideal choice for autumn and winter wear, as well as for the business casual dress code. Conversely, it is a little too rustic to be worn in a traditional white-collar business environment and while it is too loud to be worn with white tie ensembles, conservative tartans such as black watch have had a history in Black Tie dress codes since at least the middle of the 20th century.

How to wear and pair tartan, number 2:

In the realm of casual wear, especially in the cooler months, it is hard to beat a flannel button-up in a tartan or in a more general plaid pattern. It can be worn with denim, corduroy, or khakis and even layered under a sports coat perhaps in a fabric like a muted wool tweed.

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