Two Kilts Six Ways.
Ever wondered how to wear a mini or a midi kilt? Wonder no more. This is a battle of two clans, Stewart Royal Dress V Menzies Black and White. One short. One long. Let the battle commence.
ROUND 1: OFFICE DRINKS v LAUNCH NIGHT
When you are wearing a short skirt with high heels, break up the length with a longer layer. I picked up this sleeveless coat to give grown-up tailoring an office vibe. I am a fan of clashing prints, so stripes with tartan are tamed with natural accessories.
Top tip: Keep a statement necklace in your tote bag to take the look to evening.
When you are wearing a midi skirt, it is important to think about your proportions, to avoid looking box shaped. For me, showing off a hint of midriff works to elongate. Now, there are some tight regulations on this... make sure the skirt sits high on the waist, completely concealing the belly button. Then go for a shoe that shows off the ankle, to draw the eye to the smallest parts of your figure. Long sleeved crop tops work really well while giving an air of French elegance over the full pleated skirt.
Top tip: Keep accessories to a minimum.
ROUND 2: SPORTS CASUAL SATURDAY v SUNDAY BRUNCH
This is a look I am really comfortable in. It is just my personal style. This is how I do it. Select a simple polo shirt, teamed with a mini kilt and trainers. Itâs mod-tastic, and a nice alternative to wearing jeans at the weekend. Throw a denim jacket over it for an easy cover up.
Top tip: Donât be frightened of wearing colour with tartan. Pick a block colour from the tartan design and keep it simple.
Letâs face it, dressing up for your girlfriends is a hoot. You get to play with textures and proportions and trial new styles. I adore embellished oversized jumpers - they go with everything. This kilt included. Inject a little sports lux to this look by wearing sweatshirt material and chunky flats.
Top tip: Clash your accessories, I like tartan scarves in the same monochrome family.
ROUND 3: DINNER AND A MOVIE v DINNER AND A MOVIE
This is a preppy look for me. Think Rachel Greene from Friends mixed with Cher Horowitz from Clueless for a lovely 90s style nod. Team a super cute lace collared knit with the skirt. Add knee high socks (obviously) with brogues to dilute the girlieness.
Top tip: Team with some leather for a more contemporary vibe.
Leopard print and tartan are two of my favourite things. Yes, together. Itâs not for the faint-hearted as it hardly says wallflower. But the style juxtaposition works for me. Fashion should be fun after all. Monochrome and tan sit well together as a pallet so feel free to experiment. Throw in some fun statement accessories to complete the madness.
Top tip: Be confident. Otherwise this kind of dressing with consume you.