etsy sunday: preparing for burns’ night

24 Jan

With Burns’ Night approaching, adding a bit of tweedy plaids and tartans to the everyday is becoming ever more necessary. When we feted with Bobbie and Lola back in the summer they didn’t have this cape with them at the time, otherwise I’d already be halfway there.

Though not a real plaid, it has the right sort of look about it, and that’s the trick, really. You want to get it just right. Nothing drastic; too much and you risk looking like an overzealous tourist. Something like this cloche would be perfect. It’s adorable and would make a delicious complement to my winter coat.

Paired with a white blouse and maybe a pair of sharp brogues (pun not intended), these fab plaid shorts are perfect for this time of year. Long enough to lend some warmth yet optimistic that spring is round the corner.

Paired with some thistle earrings and you could hardly be blamed for feeling in the mood for some verse.

You’d be hard-pressed not to feel at once festive and a little pleased with yourself if you knew under all your winter layers you were sporting this dress. The dainty puffed sleeves and mischievous hood could add a touch of whimsy to the night.

Although, if you wanted to go for a somewhat more sophisticated look, this quite divine tweed-and-lace detailed number might be what you’re looking for. Though not particularly traditional, it is made in Scotland and gorgeous to boot.

But I did begin this with an eye on looking more at those small touches, those gentle accents that might add a bit of Scottish heritage to your everyday as part of the greater celebration. Like adding a bit of Scots to my stash; this reversible bag would be awesome. The hint of plaid on the inside is marvellous. (Though, dare I say, a fitting rival might be our Highlander Sock-Perfect bag and a bit more portable, say for taking out to a Burnsy feast).

Or a sweet Scottish bib, perhaps, to start them off young.

A cute Scottie brooch, to blazon your coat.

Or a perfectly pleated bag, slung over your shoulder.

Or simply a plaid French press cosy.

Because nothing quite kick starts the morning after Burns’ Night like a bit of plaid.


2 Responses to “etsy sunday: preparing for burns’ night”

  1. Kate 24 January 2010 at 4:47 pm #

    I am going to a vegetarian Burn’s night feast tomorrow and I have a tartan dress to wear, I don’t care if it’s over the top – I can’t wait!

  2. Joyce 25 January 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    Thanks for featuring my cape, I’ve just got some nice vintage wool and I’m about to fire up my sewing machine to make more! Those two dresses are so pretty…if only I had a bottomless bank account :(

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