Red alert: this summer’s throwback to 90’s tartan

This summer the classic tartan prints are having a revival. A throwback to the 90’s days when Cher, Dionne and Tai wore those matching tartan skirt and jacket twinsets in Clueless; and the likes of Nirvana were rocking the grungy tartan flannel shirt, this summer has seen the timeless tartan prints make a comeback. Earlier this month former Doctor Who starlet Billie Piper made a statement and stepped out in a classic red tartan dress, which brought mostly positive reactions from the press and online fashion bloggers who commended her on the overall boldness of her look. Donning a full-length, oversized maxi dress - matched with red platform wedge heels and crochet clutch bag - Billie was attending the premier of London Road at south London’s Ritzy cinema. Although not exactly the most figure-flattering dress we’ve seen, she somehow managed to pull it off with minimalist hair and make-up. I think it was her unwavering confidence that made her carry it well. Top-to-toe tartan is not for the faint hearted, so we can only applaud you Billie! Only last week Rita Ora was also showing off her wild side in head-to-toe tartan as she posed for a photoshoot with renowned photographer Rankin for Hunger TV. In homage to Cher from Clueless, Rita donned a super-fitted matching yellow tartan trouser and cropped jacket set, as well as a punky, bold, long, red tartan jacket and grey fitted trousers. Think 1995 Alexander McQueen couture and Vivienne Westwood. Nice work Rita! In honour of this summer’s classic tartan revival, we’ve selected our gorgeous Harris Tweed ‘Mandy’ jacket to firmly put you right on trend with Billie and Rita. Tailored to perfection, this is a great statement piece that will also stand the test of time right through until winter. With a limited edition Harris Tweed certified paisley pattered lining, velvet lined collar and a velvet three-button cuff detail; we recommend teaming with a pair of fitted jeans and flat brogues for a fresh, modern take on a classic preppy look. And to go the extra mile (and be the envy of every dog walker in the park), team it with the adorable Harris Tweed matching jacket for your pooch. The lightweight and breathable nature of the tweed will keep your canine pal toasty in the winter and cool in the summer. So, in the words of Cher, there’s no need to be ‘ensemble-y challenged’ this summer - take your take on the classic tartan!