Ways To Style Tartan | With Clean Cut Black & White

Black & white with grey tartan check

I have to say I’ve found a new favourite combination: tartan with black and white.

Since I saw this outfit and Pinned it to my Autumn/Winter board I’ve been wanting to recreate it, except that I was lacking a black sweater. So until I find the right one (oh, to own more cashmere!), I’ll make do with the husband’s. I rather love the “Puritan” look of a white collar peeking out from a black crew neck – if you make sure the cuffs are showing as well it looks uber chic. The bag was a Christmas present (from Next) and is a dead ringer for the 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Hour bag I saw on ShopBop last year. Who needs a £500 designer bag, eh…?!

Are any of you loving the tartan trend – if so, how are you styling it? (These tartan trousers are still on sale at Asos if you love them as much as I do!)

Black & white with grey tartan check
Black & white with grey tartan check
Black & white with red hair

Sweater: The husband’s, Shirt: Reiss, Trousers: Asos, Boots: New Look, Bag: Next, Watch: Lipsy at Asos, Gold ring: Debenhams, Fingertip rings: River Island, Nails: Models Own Utopia

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  1. 2 February 2014 / 9:23 am

    Very beautiful bag. I love how it picks up the black and white from the sweater and blouse. Really nice.
    As for tartan…. I have a pretty blouse (blues and pinks) and no creativity at all. So apart from wearing it on skinnies, I don't get anywhere with it. Sad isn't it? Blogging about outfits when you have no styling abilities. Fortunately I have lots of friends, shop assistents and a creative husband to help me.

  2. 28 January 2014 / 6:35 pm

    Super cute! Love your style and love the plaid pants!

  3. 26 January 2014 / 11:11 pm

    Love this look, Catherine! The pants are really cool! Have a great week!

  4. 26 January 2014 / 10:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, too! xox

  5. 24 January 2014 / 3:14 pm

    Ah those trousers look so wonderful on you.

  6. 22 January 2014 / 8:15 pm

    Nice! Never would have thought of putting black & white w/ tartan but I love it 🙂

  7. 22 January 2014 / 4:54 pm

    I am completely in love with the tartan look, I need these trousers!

  8. 22 January 2014 / 3:41 pm

    Catherine I love this look sooo much! The tartan trousers are perfect and they look so chic with the classic black sweater and shirt! Also loving the bag, its monochrome amazingness. 🙂

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

  9. 22 January 2014 / 2:01 pm

    I definitely think you've made a "puritan" neckline and tartan trousers anything but buttoned up. There is a definite cool relaxed feel to it all!

    ~Alexis Grace of North On Harper

  10. 22 January 2014 / 7:46 am

    Fabulosity!!! The contrast of the bag with the pants=perfection!

  11. 21 January 2014 / 10:14 pm

    These plaid pants are adorable on you, Catherine!! And with those amazing booties and the shirt and sweater combination, you have a kind of "Puritan/Punk" aesthetic going on…do I smell ANOTHER new trend?! 😉
    P.S. Regarding your fitness post from before Christmas?! I thought you might like to know that I'm walking to work again!! (At least on the days when the weather isn't too bad!)


  12. 21 January 2014 / 9:34 pm

    Gorgeous outfit!!! It's adorable on you, plus those pants are rockin'!

  13. 21 January 2014 / 5:42 pm

    So fun and fresh – I love seeing you in these pleated plaids. xo

  14. 21 January 2014 / 5:25 pm

    I am SO into the tartan/plaid thing. In fact, I'm planning to do an entire week's theme wearing plaid, perhaps next week weather permitting. Thanks for giving me yet more inspiration and impetus to do so. Stunning as always!

    M @ http://www.myclosetcatalogue.com

  15. 21 January 2014 / 4:43 pm

    Those trousers are divine!

  16. 21 January 2014 / 3:52 pm

    I love plaid. Nicely done. I wouldn't be able to sport those pants though. Front pleats with my flubbery tummy are a no go. You do not have this issue. They look great on you.

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