So this would not be a proper vintage haul/series with featuring the veteran of all things vintage, the Tartan jacket. Tartan designs were first spotted in pictures as early as the 1600’s (of course they could have been around much earlier than that).
I wanted to create two different looks for my vintage blog posts. As the first one was workwear inspired, I decided to choose a casual chic style for the second; something that would be perfect for a night out (drinks or dinner) with friends or a casual date.
Plaid and Tartan seem to be used interchangeably, so I did some research into what the difference was and I found this
- Facts: Tartan is how the Scottish refer to this pattern and in North America, they call it ‘plaid’. However, according to Wikipedia, a plaid is actually the “is a tartan cloth slung over the shoulder as a kilt accessory”. So yea, for the sake of consistency and correctness, I would use Tartan throughout this post.
The decision to choose this jacket as one of the pieces to style was easy because I own nothing like this in my closet. The Jacket is light weight, perhaps a bit too light to wear on its own during the cooler months; however, if you have an oversized coat then you have nothing to worry about. Remember, oversized coats are well known for their layering-up potential.
This blazer is real deal, the colours are incredibly beautiful and mesh so well together. The style and cut of the jacket is quite unique. This jacket has a boxy shape and is cropped. It has a black collar with no lapels, black buttons that run from top to bottom at the front of the jacket and a black trim on the front that creates the illusion of a pocket. All these little accents add some contrast and dimension to it, thus creating a one of a kind beauty.
Styling around the tartan jacket
Red, red and more red; Yes! red is the colour of this season(AW17) and I had to play around with it in this outfit. One of the things I adore about this jacket is the colours. The 4 different colours make it relatively easy to form different outfits.
My favourite way of styling this tartan jacket is with a pair of jeans and bright coloured pumps.
- First off, with little or no help, jeans look incredible when paired with a blazer and heels, if you don’t believe me then check out the pictures of some of your favourite bloggers and celebrities. Seriously they are the ultimate trio and have that effortless classic chic look.
- The simple nature of a pair of jean gives us the opportunity to pair it with a statement piece; if this tartan jacket does not scream statement piece to you then I don’t know what does. This jacket would also look amazing with washed grey jeans and a pair of grey heels.
- The cut of the jacket gives it a baggy look. The good news is that it is cropped which means the bottom half is still very much visible. In my case, I found that skinny jeans and heels are pretty flattering; they tend to elongate my legs and bring out my curves :D. The boxy top and skinny jeans add some proportion to the outfit.
Tell me, given the chance how would you style this tartan jacket to suit your style? I have to say, this is arguably one of my favourite casual looks on my blog 😀