Trendwatch - All plaid out

On ties, trousers and every accessory imaginable, plaid* is this season’s emerging pattern (*plaid is fashion speak for “tartan”, don’t ask us why).

We know what you’re thinking. Plaid? Pah. But cast thoughts of men playing bagpipes or grunge rockers from your mind. Tartan, plaid, check — whatever you want to call it — is big news right now. Wear it on ties, trousers, jackets and scarfs, and, if you want to do it properly, wear it all at once. It’s a good idea to get in some practice, as clashing patterns will be a big trend for 2012. Trust us, you’ll be wearing plaid with a side of polka dot come spring.

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Ralph Lauren Tartan Messenger Bag (House of Fraser, £435)

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