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This fall, one word will be on everyone’s lips: TARTAN.
Adopted by rebels as well as major designers, this historic fabric has known just how to weave its way into our hearts since its very beginnings. Reinvented season after season, the famous plaid pattern has lasted throughout the ages without so much as a wrinkle, which is quite a feat.
At Simons, “tartan mania” has started to invade menswear,
womenswear, and accessories. Get ready for the takeover!
The origin of Scottish tartans is somewhat unclear but a possible ancestor
of this type of weave appeared in the 3rd century. Only Scottish Highlanders initially wore tartan before it spread to other regions of this lush country. Traditionally, each tartan was associated with a family in order to distinguish clans and it was also used
as a sign of gratitude, allegiance, and pride.
In 1745, wearing tartan was outlawed in order to control the Scottish rebels.
Already at this time, the popular plaid was so widespread
and universally appreciated that the people took a stand against this law.
Gradually, tartan regained its former glory and became a national emblem
as well as a symbol of royalty.
Over the course of its history, tartan has regularly flirted with fall fashion, proving itself to be preppy and chic at times, like at the beginning of the last century, and even a key component of punk and grunge, as it was from 1970 to 2000. Many of the biggest names in fashion have adopted it either permanently or for certain collections.
Labels like Burberry and Ralph Lauren use this pattern as a symbol of elegance.
The British fashion house, Burberry, has used its tartan as a trademark
for over a century. Its utilitarian designs, like its plaid-lined classic trench coat
and all-over check scarf, are now must-haves for fashion fans.
Other designers rework tartans in a provocative way, like Alexander McQueen, Junya Watanabe, and, of course, Vivienne Westwood. Tartan is Westwood’s signature, her utterly irreplaceable trademark. She not only uses it on dresses, handbags, and coats for women, but also incorporates it in her menswear, creating suits and shirts with plaids of varying colour and size.
At Simons, we have a wide selection of designer clothing that sports tartan. We’re thinking here of Astrid Andersen, See by Chloé,
Comme des Garçons Wallets, HUGO, and Vivienne Westwood to name a few. The pattern is as popular on pants, ties, and dresses as it is on wallets and cufflinks.
Sometimes refined, sometimes bold and provocative, tartan continually
comes in new forms and has evolved a great deal since it emerged.
We proudly play with its different dimensions and new hues, rewrite the rules in favour of excess and poking fun at ourselves, and openly remove tartan from its royal origins by wearing it as boldly to the office as we do to our after-work get-togethers, whether that's on a pencil skirt, blazer, coat, or handbag.
Our designers and buyers have created a sublime selection of clothing and accessories enhanced by this popular pattern, which can be found in our different departments including Twik, Le 31, Djab, Icône, Contemporaine, and Simons Maison. Whether you prefer to wear it as an accent or as an integral part of your look, you’ll definitely find the perfect product in our lookbook created to teach you the different ways you can sport the season's most on-point plaid.