Throughout its storied sartorial history, tartan has taken on a multitude of forms. The timeless pattern has roots in ancient Scotland (after all, Braveheart's William Wallace went to battle wearing a kilt), but over time, it also became synonymous with movements from punk to grunge (Kurt Cobain's uniform often consisted of a tartan flannel shirt). With undertones both classic and subversive, tartan's proved that it's one of the most versatile and enduring patterns in fashion. Read on to see how a number of stylesetters are wearing tartan now, and how you can get their look today. Don't forget to check out our on-trend tartan picks too!On The Runway
Michael Kors Look 24 from F/W 12 collection
Luxe ladylike looks dominated the runway at Michael Kors. A lavish Black/Ivory Plaid Chesterfield Coat With Coyote Collar ($3995) tops off the Banker/Ivory Handknit Tweed Cashmere S/S Turtleneck ($1395) and Black Beaded Lace Skirt ($5995). The outfit's completed with subtle accents, including the Black Littleton Frame Satchel In Grained Leather With Silver HW ($1395), Black Thick Strap Leather Mary Janes ($995), and Black Monroe Sunglasses ($205).
Get The Look: Katherine Barclay Boiled Wool Plaid Coat ($90); Theory Riona Fine Ultra Turtleneck ($345); Motel Lace Pencil Skirt ($31); Chinese Laundry Next To Me Mary-Jane Court Shoes ($60).
Inject the plaid pattern with a little edge like Peony Lim. The blogger gave a crisp Prada blouse and vintage tartan skirt a dose of attitude with an embellished vintage belt, vintage Azzedine Alaia shoes, and a studded Valentino bag.
Get The Look: Ann Taylor Cotton Short Sleeve Button Down Shirt ($30); Limi Feu Tartan Wrap Skirt ($920); ASOS Wide Stud Panel Waist Belt ($26); Mango Touch Stud Messenger Bag ($70); Salvatore Ferragamo Tyla Suede Beaded Lace-Up Sandals ($1290).
At Kinder Aggugini's S/S 13 show in London in September, Laura Bailey experimented with clashing prints--Topshop's Toile Print Shirt ($76) and a vintage tartan skirt. The chic look, accented with Stella McCartney Round Sunglasses ($225) in Soft Pink, a Laura Bailey for Radley clutch, and Camilla Skovgaard boots, works as both pieces belong in the same color family.
Get The Look: Wildfox Twiggy Shades ($190) in Pink; Lord & Taylor Button-Down Cotton Shirt ($91); Lands' End Regular Plaid A-Line Skirt ($45) in Clear Blue Plaid; UGG Australia Carmine Wedge Booties ($180) in Black.
Coco Rocha combines punk with a touch of polish at Glamour Presents "These Girls," a series of original monologues, in New York last month. The model's Attitude by Jay Manuel's cool tartan trousers take center stage when paired with a vintage velvet blazer, Beta Unit t-shirt, and Paul & Joe boots.
Get The Look: Banana Republic Timeless Velvet Blazer ($150); Warehouse Stud Pocket T-Shirt ($32); J.Crew Café Capri ($168) in Red Tartan; Faith Calipso Black Shoe Boots ($91).
While feting Saks Fifth Avenue's new shoe floor, 10022-SHOE, in New York a couple months ago, Hannah Bronfman stepped out in a modern take on prep school plaid. Her Maggy Frances Emilie Mini Skirt ($225), a Clueless-era throwback, looks decidedly current worn with a leather jacket, matching top-handle bag, and ankle boots.
Get The Look: Velvet Blush Faux Leather Jacket ($170); Princess Vera Wang Plaid Pleated Miniskirt ($18); Melie Bianco Jelly Satchel Bag ($28); Dolce Vita Halle Ankle Boots ($198) in Black.
When it comes to mixing prints, a subtle tartan skirt in muted tones pairs perfectly with a striped crew-neck. This street style savant grounds her outfit with sleek accessories, like strappy Alexander Wang heels and a black satchel.
Get The Look: By Malene Birger Striped Jumper ($205); UNIF Gwen Skirt ($92); Elizabeth & James Love Strappy Sandals ($352).--Tiffany Tse
Michael Kors runway photo, courtesy of Michael Kors; photo of Peony Lim, courtesy of Vanessa Jackman; street style photo, courtesy of Stockholm Street Style; photos of Laura Bailey and Coco Rocha, courtesy of Getty Images; photo of Hannah Bronfman, courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency.