Autumn is all about a return to the basics. Classic patterns, traditional cuts, and good old-fashioned standbys are what we reach for as the days get shorter and the leaves are in full splendour.

Typical patterns and fabrics you might see as back-to-school season is getting underway are tweed, houndstooth, wool, corduroy, and of course plaid. Also known as tartan, plaid is one of the patterns that comes to mind in the fall because it’s commonly used in school uniforms, warm blankets, and fuzzy flannels.

Tartans have traditionally been created and worn by British families, who throughout history have designed their own personal pattern to be used only by that family, or clan. But the criss-cross fabric caught on and now anyone can wear plaid — on hats, skirts, dresses, towels, and more.

An Easy Way to Add Interest to Any Outfit

The holidays are approaching quickly, and once again, it’s time to start focusing on festive, fun patterns and eye-catching colours — two of the things that contribute to making the season bright. One easy piece to put in the mix? The Wearable Stories Lauren dress in red check, a simple, timeless tartan in notice-me red or more subtle blue and grey. With a knee-length cut and a cinched waist with a fabric belt, Lauren hits all the marks for simple fall dressing that looks great under a classic trench coat or on its own.

Classic Pattern That Stands the Test of Time

Tartan fabric, whether it’s in shades of green, bright red and yellow, or more subdued blues and greys, lends a sophisticated edge to simply cut dresses, pants, or sweaters. Its versatility has made it one of the most recognized, traditional patterns throughout history

Tartan is one of those styles that never seems to fade into the background. It’s just as at home in an office setting as a more playful, casual event, and you can always trust tartan to make you feel polished, chic, and put together