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Head to Oxfam to find Winters Tartan Trend

Posted by Emma Waight Oxfam Fashion blogger

15th Oct 2013

I've always been a massive fan of tartan. As a child my Gran bought me a proper Scottish kilt, sadly I'm not sure what happened to that. When I went to University the first piece of clothing I bought was a tartan mini skirt at a student discount evening at Topshop. I wore that for years, but it's really not suitable for someone in her mid-twenties anymore. What I need is something a bit more grown-up, more demure, and luckily for me, tartan is bang on trend this winter.

Tartan was all over the A/W catwalks including collections by the likes of Stella McCartney, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Lanvin and Tommy Hilfiger. The cosy check was seen on coats, jackets, trousers, skirts and dresses. I don't know what it is about tartan, but it just looks comforting and cool all at once- don't you think? Plus its appeal is wide; you can integrate tartan in punk, heritage or preppy style.

As always, the high-street have caught on and tartan finds are aplenty. The skirt pictured here, for example, is £35 on the high street but the great thing about tartan is that it's been around forever so you are bound to find something knocking around the charity shop. The charity shop gods must have been smiling down on me last time I went out for a browse because I came home with a 100% wool tartan Aquascutum skirt. For £6.99!!

Whilst thrilled with my designer bargain, I agonised for a few weeks with what to do with it. It's a proper granny length so although I do love it I decided it would be more wearable if I shortened it. The question was, how short? And did I really want to cut up an Aquascutum skirt? What if it frayed? I decided to just go for it and settled on a length just below the knee, perfect for wearing with winter boots.

The skirt had been hemmed by hand which meant the stitches were not visible on the outside so I decided to do the same. I didn't have an over-locker so I secured the edge with double zip-zag stitching.

Step by step

If you want more ideas of how to transform a pleated skirt check out fellow Oxfam fashion blogger Helen's genius idea to turn a pleated skirt into a cape!

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