The Coolest Autumn Outfits Have This Old Trend in Common

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Whenever someone finds out I’m Scottish, they always ask two things: 1) Do I like haggis? And 2) does everyone wear tartan? Stereotypes aside, these are my answers. 1) No, but lots of my family and friends do, and 2) no, but me? I wear all the tartan I can get.

I’ve always loved tartan outfits, particularly in the colder months when the thick weave loans itself perfectly to the plummeting temperatures. And now, for autumn/winter 2021, I have a feeling lots of you will be joining me in my show of tartan appreciation, as the timeless check is already trending for the season ahead.

Vivienne Westwood, Molly Goddard, Dior, Alessandra Rich, Longchamp, and Charles Jeffrey Loverboy are just a few of the brands noted in our bumper trend report that dedicated runway looks to the heritage motif, thus firmly cementing its status as one of fashion’s longest-standing and best-loved prints. Not only that, but I’ve already started seeing lots of influencers styling up their own takes on tartan outfits, which range from wearing a pair of bright-red trews with oversized cashmere to going all out in a top-to-toe check suit.

Out of all the tartan outfits I’ve seen, I’ve assembled an edit of my favourites, which are sure to inspire you to wear tartan in some form this autumn too. Scroll on to see them and to shop any pieces you might find are missing from your wardrobe to re-create them with.


Style Notes: Checked outerwear always makes a comeback in autumn, and tartan is just one of the many ways you can channel it. Wear yours with leather as a cool reference to the punk era, with which tartan was so synonymous.

Shop the look:

Ted Baker Jessel Tartan Coat (£550)

Free People Light Up Layering Top (£40)

Karen Millen Curve Leather Five Pocket Straight Leg Jean (£240)


Style Notes: There’s no shortage of tartan dresses right now, from Princess Diana–inspired blazer dresses to midi hemlines, just like Hannah Crosskey’s. Add an on-trend knitted bolero for a chic, toasty layer.

Shop the look:

Zara Knit Arm Warmers (£18)

Alice+Olivia Julietta Checked Dress (£450)

Mango Pointed-Toe Ankle Boots (£50)


Style Notes: Over the last few years, jackets have become non-negotiables in our autumn wardrobes, with checks adorning many of them. Look for a tartan shacket to tick off two trends in one.

Shop the look:

Zara Cropped Check Overshirt (£50)

Marks and Spencer Split Front Skinny Trousers (£35)

FitFlop Rally Leather Tennis Shoes (£90)


Style Notes: Have your own Highland fling in a pretty tartan skirt. Mini, collegiate-style options are always out there, but I think they look most expensive in pleated midi form.

Shop the look:

& Other Stories Oversized Wool Blazer (£165)

Ralph Lauren Tartan Pleated Georgette Skirt (£179)

Dune Pella Leather Ankle Boots in Black (£150)


Style Notes: Monikh Dale has a knack for creating the coolest looks, so consider it your marching orders to style up a pair of traditional tartan trews with an oversized jumper and black accessories.

Shop the look:

COS Oversized Cashmere Jumper (£180)

P.A.R.O.S.H. Tartan-Print Trousers (£196)

Iris & Ink Amélie Leather Shoulder Bag (£125)


Style Notes: I’ve had this Camille Charrière look bookmarked in my brain since earlier this year, and now’s the perfect time to try it. Take a checked jacket or blazer, belt it, and presto—your daily jeans outfit will feel significantly more exciting.

Shop the look:

MM6 Maison Margiela Green Tartan Check Blazer (£290)

Abercrombie & Fitch Curve Love 90s Ultra High Rise Straight Jeans (£51)

Marks and Spencer Leather Chelsea Chunky High Leg Boots (£69)


Style Notes: If dresses aren’t your thing, but you're keen to embrace a full tartan outfit, take your cues from Tiffany Hsu and don a dapper tartan or heritage checked suit. Make the two-piece feel more modern with a pair of bright heels, and it'll work for everything from weddings to drinks out with friends.

Shop the look:

NA-KD Marked Shoulder Checked Blazer Multicolor (£49)

NA-KD Straight Checked Suit Pants Multicolor (£41)

The Attico Venus 85 Satin Pumps (£547)

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