Tarty dressing 101

Photos by Style.com, Collage by me. 
(L-R) 3.1 Phillip Lim, Dries Van Noten, Dries Van Noten, Chanel, 3.1 Phillip Lim, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Dries (again, I'm sorry, he's my fav!)

When you stay up during fashion month on Style.com filtering through each designers runway looks and eagerly waiting for the next to be uploaded, it is every bit likely that one would not know where to begin when describing their favourite looks. But after (weeks) of not blogging in deep thought of what I wanted to post, it came to me in my (wishful) reoccurring stylistic choices of late. Tartan, I want to wear tartan all day long! Dries Van Noten stole my heart with his wrap style tartan dress layered over the tartan shirt, finished off with rolled up sleeves. After venturing into the depths of my closet it was revealed to me - I have no tartan print - none, zero, z i l c h. It turns out Aussie retailers don't have too much of it either, well not yet anyway. To get myself inspired I turned to ye ol' online faithful ASOS, Topshop and River Island and found myself in Tartan heaven. (However for visual reasons only, I left out the ASOS pieces - why don't they flat lay their product pics? C'mon Asos, help a sister out!!) 

The first look on the left was inspired by the edgy rocker in me - although by connotation tartan is quite edgy so I couldn't really side step that one, but I added the stripe Tee by J.W Anderson x Topshop, Ksubi leather vest and gold metallic 3.1 Phillip Lim boots to compliment the Tartan trousers by River Island for the ultimate rocker-chic vibe. Tartan + Stripe + Leather + Gold = What more could you want?

I wanted to try to soften the tartan look like Dries Van Noten and Phillip Lim did in their latest collections. So I give you outfit 2 and 3. 

Outfit 2 (Center) Starting with the Topshop tartan blazer and Ksubi Jing shorts - feel free to insert your own top here, I'm thinking possibly a lace bra from Cotton On under a Bassike tank or Paisley Topshop peplum blouse if that is more your liking. What do you think?
 Pair the look back with simple Tony Bianco heels, beautifully beaded ASOS iridescent clutch and a popping red lip. My personal fav red lip is YSL's Rouge Pur Couture in 13 or Russian Red by MAC. So much love for red lipstick!

Outfit 3 (Right) This is a subtle take on using Tartan especially if the print is a bit too much to handle, although for me I don't think this would ever be the case. It would more so be if my friends realised I was repeatedly wearing the tartan pants or Blazer more times than.. 1 10. I'd still creep the tartan print in with some cute loafers to off set the sexy Topshop Boutique Mini skirt and Khaki Bassike top - obsessed with Khaki and Tartan together - they are like Ying and Yang. To keep the look fresh I've added a season must-have: the reflector iridescent sunglasses and equally cool ASOS earrings. You like?

Viola! There you have it, 3 takes on tartan. How will you wear it?