Guest Post: Tartan on Trend by Paula Holmes

This week we welcome our first Guest Blogger, Paula Holmes of the fashion blog, the P-Ho Diaries as she discusses one of her favourite trends this season, tartan. As we head into the second week of September, the weather is getting colder and sweaters and boots are top of my shopping list, it really is starting to feel like Autumn has well and truly begun. One of the major trends for Autumn/Winter fashion this year is Tartan which was seen across all the catwalks from designers such as Moschino, Versace, Celine and John Paul-Gaultier. Models wore checked coats, dresses, skirts, scarves, hats, you name it, it was everywhere. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of tartan is a kilt, which you guessed it is a must-have item for this season, but please don’t let that put you off. Pieces also have a punk edge by adding embellishment such as spikes, studs and zips. The Met Ball which took place in May earlier this year in New York, saw celebrities decked out in their finest punk attire. Christina Ricci ditched her goth black attire for a Vivienne Westwood tartan dress and Madonna was seen mixing the two trends together in a tartan jacket with studs and spikes teamed with just a pair of fishnets. However there is an easier way to wear tartan and punk, without going all Madonna and makes it much more accessible to wear. They are some great coats and jackets with tartan checks in stores right now and it really works well as a statement piece. I have chosen a tartan bomber jacket as one of mine and teamed it with some navy blue skinny jeans and a simple black t-shirt. If you are going to go for a statement tartan piece don’t feel like you have to keep the rest of the look simple, as seen on the catwalks the more tartan the better. However I think for this jacket it works well on its own. PhoDiariesTartan The best way to accessorise a bold statement tartan piece would be with some punk style jewellery. Try something like a studded wrap bracelet or metal skull bangle for that extra punk feel. If you are not feeling as bold to wear a statement jacket, then opt for little hints of tartan in scarves, tights or headbands. Whichever you choose you are totally on trend! Will you be joining the tartan army this season? This is a guest post written by Paula Holmes