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Message Board > Fashion Styles and Trends > Tartan for pants ok? ( Moderated by Lynnelle)

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Date: 10/9/10 2:31 PM

I've bought some tartan in black, green and red, in a woven silk. Original idea was to make up some trousers, falling straight from the hip, so not overwide at the hem, but definitely not narrow. Now I'm looking at it and wondering if it will look ok or not.

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Date: 10/9/10 3:02 PM

Tartan wouldn't be my first choice for pants, especially in silk. How about a solid color for the pants, then use your tartan for a top or jacket? Tartan would also be a nice choice for a skirt. It would look especially festive for the holidays in the colors you described.

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Date: 10/9/10 3:23 PM

see, I would disagree with Nancy. I looked at some of your posted pics, and you would look very nice in tartan pants, as far as I am concerned. The pants are to be lined, right?

Now I am thinking about making some tartan pants....

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Date: 10/9/10 4:07 PM

Yes, I'd line them. The silk isn't shiny, it has a finish like wool or silk 'tweed', and is a good weight for winter. I just don't want them to look clownish.

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Date: 10/9/10 4:58 PM

I could have sworn that I've seen brightly colored plaid pants in one of the Spring 2010 collections. I think that if you want to make tartan trousers, then you should make them. I have a favorite plaid pair from Perry Elllis (circa 1980) that I can't bear to part with.

I think that pants will look clownish if they are made from bright boldly colored fabric and if the pant's fit is loose and baggy. I think that if you make trousers more tailored then you will be more satisfied with your results.

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Date: 10/9/10 5:05 PM

Ways to wear plaid this year.



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Date: 10/9/10 5:17 PM

I've seen them in the collections this year and I'm probably dating myself again, but I can't stand the obvious plaid pant examples in the bottom row. Shades of high school!!

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Date: 10/9/10 5:32 PM

I think plaid pants would be great. I get so bored with plain bottoms. I have a couple pairs of plaid pants that I wear a lot.

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Date: 10/9/10 5:35 PM

When I was a size 4 RTW (and slightly tall)--and very fit, my wool dark plaid pants looked to die for, and were also slightly loose so no pull marks--very well fitted. At size 12 today, I would not wear paid pants of any kind.

In my opinion, if you are thin and reasonably tall, you can like get away with plain pants. Generally, plaids will make a person look a little heavier due to the way the pattern emphasizes the breadth of the hips.

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Date: 10/9/10 9:42 PM

I don't know what your silk looks like, but I love tartan pants for both men and women. I can't wear them anymore, but I still love the look..........classy...........then again, I'm visualizing wool.

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