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Splurge vs. Steal: Tartan Fashion

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I have a real soft spot for plaid and tartan fashion. Call it being stuck in my 90s grunge rock obsessed youth. Call it a product of current trends. Whatever you want to call it, I am obsessed.

I usually start getting plaid crazed in September. The fall automatically turns my brain towards plaid (I guess it’s the whole back to school thing, even though I was never forced to wear a nicely pressed skirt/button down shirt uniform combo). But this year, my little obsession has really dug in and seems to be intent on riding out the winter.

I’ve been finding myself drawn to tartan holiday pieces more and more. At first it was just “Oh that’s cute. Ooooh that too!” until I suddenly realized that any tartan piece I saw was getting that reaction. I just love the pop of pattern and the color combos. It’s so perfect for the season, don’t you think?

Since I love a good deal (read: I’m seriously cheap) I went on a hunt for lower priced options for a bunch of high-end tartan pieces–because for some reason tartan seems to equal high price.

tartan fashionDolce & Gabbana pants, $725 / Topshop pants, $76
Alexander McQueen tartan jacket, $799 / Merona blazer, $34.99
Oscar de la Renta, $325 / Chaps dress, $62
Cut25 dress, $460 / Tommy Hilfiger dress, $149.50
Drakes London scarf, $300 / Gap scarf, $29.95

Obviously there are times when the investment is totally worth it. If there’s a piece you can see yourself wearing regularly for a long time, go for it.

But something like a child’s holiday dress? Yeah, I’d rather just set the $300 on fire. It’s a much easier way to get to the same ends. Because if I put this child in an expensive dress, you better believe she would destroy it before I managed to get a non-blurry picture of her in it.

What are your thoughts on this trend? Are you feeling it as much as I am?

Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she’s not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.

14 thoughts on “Splurge vs. Steal: Tartan Fashion

  1. I’m kinda on a plaid kick right now too! I love mixing it with other patterns. That Tommy Hilfiger dress is gorg. Thanks for commenting on my blog so I could find yours, Jen! ~Sarah

  2. If I could go back in time and save ALL my clothes from the 90s, I wouldn’t have to buy anything new. Sheesh. The one thing about being old, you can always figure out what’s going to be in style before the young people… 😉

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