Chanel Pre-Fall 2013Being a proud quarter Scottish, hailing descendant of the Fraser clan, I feel as though my fondness for a classic tartan is a celebration of my omnipresent albeit vague roots.

Tartan warms the cockles of my old tinkering heart in a way that no other pattern does.

With autumn and its succeeding season of winter, I hope to be swaddling myself up in impractical yet toasty layers of earthen tones topped with a bold and very attractive tartan.

May it be in the form of jumpers, coats, socks or scarves, I will welcome tartan into my life with a smile and a quiver as it lays its warming properties onto my freezing bod.

It seems that tartan makes a regular habit of rearing its metaphorical head on the catwalks of fall/winter. This could perhaps be a result of this patterns ability to evoke a variety of sartorial aesthetics both on and off the runway; from placid, country rambler to anarchic punk vis-a-vis Vivienne Westwood and all the preppy connotations in between. This year, Chanel acted as the catalyst for the generous smattering of tartan garments across the Pre-Fall catwalks.

Although the pattern has been reproduced in a myriad of tropical palettes in the past, I personally would opt for a more classical representation, staying within the traditional realms of red, green and navy.  A rich blanket of tartan nestled in between thick wools and supple leathers sounds like well-crafted winter attire to Ray.

Sticking with the traditional tartan colour palette of red, green and navy; lending this bold pattern to the rustic tones of a winter wardrobe will provide a spice and splash of warm colour. Creating the majority of an outfit from natural tones allows the tartan to become the focal point of an outfit, regardless of the particular garment upon which it adorns.

Tartan - Preen (Pre-Fall 2013)The swathe of a tartan scarf against an all black outfit creates a striking aesthetic, whilst a tartan jumper layered beneath browns, burnt oranges, wine reds and dark greys is slightly subtler. Worn with dark skinny jeans or thick woollen tights, the key to successful winter wardrobe outfit construction is layering. Starting with sheer and light fabrics in the autumnal months and then progressing onto thicker cottons and wools is the intrinsic element to successful layering. A tartan shirt layered with a soft leather jacket and swaddled in a thick black woollen scarf wound round a few times and knotted is a very suitable foundation for a cosy autumn and winter wardrobe.

Accessorising with accompaniments such as tartan emblazoned hats, socks, gloves and bags are more suited to those not so akin to the more blatant promotion of bold patterns but share my love of a vibrant highland print.

Images courtesy of Chanel and Preen (Pre-Fall 2013)