I had a little kilt as a kid, like most children of the Sixties/Seventies probably, and I vaguely remember a short tartan pencil skirt in the late 1980s (long gone) but I haven't owned any other tartan clothing. Ever.
Maybe if I think of it as check fabric, I'll be OK with it. I just don't want to look like Andy Stewart singing "Donald, where's yer troosers?"
Ali and Jules - is that tutting I can hear? Ladies, I am only unsure about the fabric, I have no issues with Scotland and the Scots!
But if you're going to wear tartan - wear lots of it! No point holding back now.
So an outfit that started as this....
... became this. De trop? No no no!
Balmoral wool tartan dress, Urban Outfitters tartan cape, tan boots (Ebay), tights, brown top and Tam o'Shanter (charity shop), fur scarf (Christmas present from lovely sister)
This dress is much shorter than I usually wear, but the high denier opaqueness of the tights makes me feel a bit less exposed!
Now while we're talking frocks, here's the Susan Small dress I bought at the weekend.
Trademark 1970s fuck-off pointy collar and a wonderful print meets 1950s shape and length - that's a great combination for me.
But I have a dilemma. I bought it at this length, and I like it at this length. However, there is a huge hem where a previous owner has shortened it without hacking off the bottom so I could let it back down to its original full length. And just look at the print that is being hidden away underneath - it's fabulous!
What is a girl to do?
You don't usually hold back with your opinions, so go on, tell me what you think!