Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tarty tart tartan!

I absolutely adore plaid. Even after many years of wearing the most hideous tartan in Catholic school, I still love plaid. 

Being in my late-ish 20’s, I have been inspired by fashions worn in some killer ‘90s movies. Sure there have been some crazy ensembles that may lead to you being committed if you wore them today (think Christina Applegate's work wardrobe in Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead). Two of the greatest fashion moments of the 90s (IMO) are Cher's yellow plaid skirt/blazer ensemble in Clueless and Corey's skirt/boots combo in Empire Records.

Cher in Clueless: I'm not sure of the name of the exact tartan Alicia Silverstone wears in Clueless, but “McLeod Dress Modern Tartan” comes pretty close! 

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Finding a skirt (or anything, really) from regular stores in this yellow plaid is nearly impossible. So, your best bet is to order from retailers in the UK like Scottish Lion and Scotsweb. They have a great selection of kilts but blazers like Cher's aren't so easy to find, though. Thankfully, through the magic of the Internets, you can buy your chosen tartan online and take the fabric and a pattern to your local tailor (or your mom!). 

The vest, tee, knee socks, and Mary Janes are pretty easy to find so I'll leave that legwork up to you ;) Oh, and adding the beret is up to you. 

Liv Tyler in Empire Records
Ok so this is definitely one of my favorite looks from one of my favorite movies. Corey's sweater/skirt/Dr. Martens combo is a classic look. The Dr. Martens may seem a little out there, but to me, that's what fashion is. Combat boots and a pleated skirt isn't a logical combo, but it completes the outfit better than any other type of shoe. Here are the deets: 
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Her bright blue (slightly) cropped sweater is pretty easy to find. And if you can't find one that's the right length, be daring and grab the scissors. Just sew around the bottom so your sweater doesn't unravel. Plus, one of my favorite trends for fall/winter is slouchy Dr. Martens. This investment piece will carry from season to season. L.O.V.E.
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As for the skirt (my favorite part), the "Campbell" tartan is a close match. Both Scottish Lion and Scotsweb carry skirts in this fabulous plaid. 

So there you have it! My two favorite plaid movie moments. So be Scottish for a day and play around with plaid! Just don't take it too far. It was cute when Britney did it back in '99 but we're all 12 years older and hopefully a little wiser. 


The Shop Therapist 


  1. I love it too... it's timeless really. And such fun movies. I was just finishing high school when these movies were out, done with my Catholic unis and still, wearing the same thing on the street, lol.

  2. Oh man my first blog comment ever and it's from one of my blog-spirations!

    I wish my grade school's plaid was half as cute as Alicia's and Liv's. I definitely got stuck with the most boring red and blue pattern ever -- But that hasn't stopped me from raiding my mom's closet for her old kilts and rocking the plaid! It's for sure a pattern that will never go out of style ;)


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