Your Christmas Check List

Mmmm tartan... the word conjures up images of thick textured woollen blankets with fringed edges enfolding flickering silhouettes by an open fire; rustic table decorations piled up high with dainty jingling bells; large plush bows adorning lush wreaths and garlands, and big boxes wrapped in patterned paper under a magical, glittering tree. Traditional, wholesome and distinctly British, a tartan weave evokes a festive atmosphere and is a must-have this Christmas (and every Christmas, for that matter!). Reds, greens, or rustic browns are shades of check which have the strongest festive connotations and when coupled with black or white, they seem to appear simultaneously wintry and cosy!

Whether it's a tartan scarf to help you tackle the blustery outdoors or a black-and-red check dress to wear to the Christmas party, this is a pattern that will not fail you at this most wonderful time of the year. Warming, yuletide and fashionable? Check!

V-neck: New Look, black & white tartan skirt with black tulle underskirt: River Island, black pashmina: Accessorize, red check coat with fur trim hood: Miss Selfridge, chelsea boots: Primark
Leather jacket: New Look, black high-waisted jeans: Primark, tartan open-toe stilettos: New Look, tartan scarf with large safety pin: authentic Yorkshire tweed made exclusively for Marks and Spencer, black vest top: H&M
Check dress with black collar: Blue Inc, black knee-high stiletto boots: New Look, black belt: Primark

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