Probably the most common question we're asked at CLAN Scotweb HQ is "what tartan can I wear?". We always find a few plaids to wear with pride. But which tartans should you wear if you've no connections with Scotland? Here are seven ideas for universal tartans that can be worn by anyone. And we'll save the best for last!
Today some tartans are seen as universal, so anyone can wear these plaids whatever their background. Most famous is Royal Stewart tartan, originally designed for Queen Victoria. Then there's Black Watch tartan, which now commemorates Scotland's most famous regiment. Other examples include Macleod Dress or 'Loud Macleod' to its fans, Lindsay which is so popular it's almost public property, Dress Stewart which is much loved for womenswear, Scotland Forever that is Scotland's gift to the world. Lastly (wait for it!) there's... almost any tartan on earth. Want to know why?
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