Tartan is a bit of a divisive print. Rich in heritage, the design hails from Scotland, and while it is a long-standing part of Scottish tradition, it has gone in and out of favour with the fashion crowd depending over the years. One person who loves a bit of tartan is Kate Middleton. And it makes sense. Both sophisticated, stylish and chic. Here's how to wear tartan like Kate Middleton.
Kate recently stepped out in Dundee, Scotland, wearing a beautiful tartan coat designed by Alexander McQueen. She paired the coat with sleek opaque black tights, black heeled boots, a small green bag and a luxurious-looking green scarf. The Duchess and her husband Prince William were in Dundee to celebrate the opening of a new branch of the Victoria & Albert Museum — and Kate was certainly dressed for the occasion.
It's fair to say the Duchess absolutely nailed the look, and gave us all a lesson in how to wear tartan. However, this isn't the first time we've seen her sporting this beautiful coat. She was first spotted in it in 2012, and a year later in 2013 at Christmas time.
Check out all the different ways she's rocked this look below.
She's also been known to wear tartan on several other occasions, most recently around Christmas time in 2018.
Meghan Markle is also a fan of the print; before she and Prince Harry were married, she wore a straight tartan coat on a visit to Edinburgh.
So it's pretty clear that tartan is a staple look for the royal family's fashionistas. But the key is to wear it in the most chic, sophisticated manner if you want to emulate Kate Middleton. You won't see a tartan flannel shirt anywhere near the Duchess, for example, so follow suit and opt for clean lines, well-cut coats and stylish blazers.
Here are some of the best tartan buys to rock tartan, Duchess of Cambridge style: