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What is tartan clothing?
Tartan clothing is a criss-cross plaid printed material that typically has several colours running through it in varying shades and line widths. While some colours are related to specific Scottish history and ancestry, there are also plenty of prints that can be worn by anyone.
How do you dress a tartan?
Tartan is a statement piece of clothing so often the usual fashion advice is to pair it with a plain piece of clothing. For example, if you are wearing a tartan printed pinafore dress, pair it with a plain long sleeve top. However, in alternative fashion nothing will give a more classic look than pairing tartan with your favourite band merch.
Tartan Clothing In Alternative Fashion
Tartan clothing particularly in deep shades of red has been synonymous with alternative fashion pretty much since the beginning. A badass pair of tartan trousers or cute alt skirt is the perfect staple for pairing with a band tee and a pair of boots for a classic casual everyday style but there are plenty of other ways to style up your outfit with a splash of tartan or plaid. Other colours that look awesome with Gothic fashion include:
- Dark Purple Tartan Clothing
- Black and White Check Prints
- Bright Yellow Tartan
- A Blend of Red and Dark Blue Plaid
Here at Blue Banana, we make sure to stock classic tartan jeans but we are always trying to bring you something different for your wardrobe which is why you will also find a range of dresses, dungarees, and shorts to pair with your alternative outfits. Whether a classic all-over print or a cool distressed style with extra detailing such as D rings and straps, you can be sure that we have got you covered when it comes to tartan items. Choose from items such as:
- Gothic Tartan Skirts
- Gothic Tartan Trousers
- Gothic Tartan Dresses
Our alternative tartan clothing includes top brands such as Banner Alternative, Chemical Black, Heartless, and Jawbreaker. These classic Gothic suppliers are always on point with following the latest styles and trying their own thing so you can enjoy unusual dresses, vests, trousers, and jackets. If you wanted to, you could dress in plaid clothing from head to toe when you shop at Blue Banana!
Tartan Clothing In Vintage Fashion
Tartan clothing is popular in vintage fashion too, especially during the winter season. A vibrant orange tartan dress is perfect for bringing in Autumn and Fall then why not transition to a warm green tone or red tartan for the Winter season. Our gorgeous collection from top brands such as Hearts and Roses London, Hell Bunny, and Banned Alternative will see you dressed in stunning swing dresses and beautiful skirts in plaid prints.
If you are looking for tartan clothing womens then our vintage section is the perfect place to find traditionally feminine wear inspired by the silhouettes and cuts of the 1950s. This vintage tartan clothing for women is available in classic styles such as:
- Tartan Pencil Skirts and Wiggle Dresses
- Tartan Swing Skirts and Dresses
- Tartan Pinafore Dresses
- Tartan 50s Dresses
Can I wear tartan?
Tartan is traditionally from Scotland. The colour of your tartan is related to your family and surname but these days tartan is popular in all kinds of fashion, from mainstream to sub-cultures such as grunge, alternative, and Goth. In fact, some even consider ‘Gothic Tartan’ to be a branch of Gothic fashion. Anyone can wear tartan as part of their outfit whether it is part of your family tradition or simply a fashion trend that you would like to try out.
Here at Blue Banana, we tend to describe tartan in a couple of different ways. This includes:
- Tartan Clothing
- Plaid Clothing
- Check Clothing
Is there a difference between plaid and tartan?
Tartan and plaid are used to describe the same type of pattern. The main difference between plaid and tartan is that plaid is preferred in American English and tartan is preferred in the United Kingdom. This may be due to the traditional links between Scottish heritage and tartan items. Plaid is most commonly used when an item of tartan clothing is not associated with a specific clan.
What is the difference between check and tartan?
In contrast, check clothing tends to only consist of two colours creating a similar effect to tartan dress but without the more intricate details. A check pattern consists of squares in two colours that vary in shade which are made up from crossing over horizontal lines. The difference in tartan is that there are more colours and the lines vary in thickness, creating a colourful criss-cross pattern.
Check is often thought of as belonging to a different family of patterns such as gingham and houndstooth due to its uniform design.
Shop tartan clothing online with Blue Banana and find all our plaid printed clothing in one place so you can fill up your clothing collection with gorgeous tartan prints in all kinds of colours and styles. As we mentioned, we make sure to stock alternative and vintage clothing to suit your vibe. Alternatively, you can visit one of our 13 stores to find tartan clothing UK.
While the main attraction is definitely our collection of tartan clothing, you can also accessorise in funky plaid prints with awesome suspender braces to add a hint of plaid to your outfit or bags in a range of colours.
We are always adding to our collection so make sure to check back for more tartan clothing. We like to make sure to have staple wardrobe items such as jeans in our collection but we also love to find unusual designs for you as alternative fashion is at the heart of Blue Banana.