Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are reviving a ’90s grunge staple — and you can, too

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton match in tartan coats. (Photo: Getty Images; art: Yahoo Lifestyle photo-illustration)

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle just had their second twinning moment — this time, in a retro ’90s grunge print–tartan.

On Tuesday, Middleton recycled the old favorite, a tartan coat dress by McQ by Alexander McQueen, to open the V&A Dundee design museum in Scotland. It was a fitting sartorial choice by the duchess, as the specific green, blue and black is Black Watch tartan, a heritage print from Scotland. She finished the look with a matching green scarf and Manu Atelier handbag. Middleton was first seen in the look during a 2012 to visit St. Andrew’s School in Berkshire, England, and then once more over Christmas in 2013.

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, officially opens the V&A Dundee museum and greets the public while wearing a McQ by Alexander McQueen tartan Black Watch coat on Jan. 29 in Dundee, Scotland. (Photo: Mark Cuthbert via UK Press)
Meghan Markle arrives at Edinburgh Castle wearing a Burberry tartan coat on Feb. 13, 2018, in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo: Getty Images)

Similarly, Markle wore a long tailored Black Watch tartan coat by Burberry to visit Edinburgh, Scotland, with Prince Harry back in February 2018, a few months before the couple got married at Windsor Castle. Tartan may have originated in Scotland, but it possesses a rich, enduring fashion history.

The signature criss-cross print played an important part in the cult-favorite 1995 film Clueless, in which character Cher Horowitz helped popularize the look, head-to-toe. Tartan soon became synonymous with the era, when grunge style, including plaid flannel, dominated.

The trend was revived last year when Donatella Versace brought back this Scottish textile and incorporated it throughout her fall 2018 runway show, reinvigorating the print on skirts, blazers, trousers, berets, handbags, hats and scarves for the modern-day fashionista.

If you love this classic print, below are 10 ways to incorporate it into your wardrobe today.

Brooks Brothers Tartan Wool A-Line Dress

Brooks Brothers Tartan Wool A-Line Dress. (Photo: Brooks Brothers)

We can easily see Kate and Meghan wearing this dress. Its A-line proportions are conservative but flattering, making it a fantastic business or office look.

Shop it: $119 (was $158), brooksbrothers.com

Amazon Essentials Women’s Long-Sleeve Classic-Fit Lightweight Plaid Flannel Shirt 

Amazon Essentials Women’s Long-Sleeve Classic-Fit Lightweight Plaid Flannel Shirt (Photo: Amazon)

Ease back into the grunge trend with a chic tartan button-up shirt that will go great with your skinny blue jeans.

Shop it: $20, amazon.com 

Lauren Ralph Lauren Tartan Stretch Cotton Skinny Pants

Lauren Ralph Lauren Tartan Stretch Cotton Skinny Pants. (Photo: Zappos)

If you prefer wearing trousers to work instead of a dress, this pair has an ultra-flattering skinny fit and is made of a comfortable stretch fabric. We suggest styling it with a crewneck sweater and black flats for a comfortable, all-day look.

Shop it: $81 (was $115), zappos.com

H&M Double-Breasted Coat

H&M Double-Breasted Coat. (Photo: H&M)

Style this coat with black slacks, heels and a cross-body handbag. It’s an outerwear piece that won’t expire after just one season.

Shop it: $50, hm.com

Collectif x MC Ever Lovely Intellect Midi Skirt

Collectif x MC Ever Lovely Intellect Midi Skirt. (Photo: Modcloth)

Indulge your penchant for tartan skirts with this version, which is a steal at just $20.

Shop it: $20 (was $69), modcloth.com 

J.Crew Mini Harper Leather Satchel

J.Crew Mini Harper Leather Satchel. (Photo: Nordstrom)

An easy way to incorporate tartan into your wardrobe is via accessories. This bag’s compact size makes it a versatile one to carry for all occasions, but its bold print will make sure you stand out from everyone else.

Shop it: $99, nordstrom.com

Willamette Wanderings Plaid Blanket Scarf in Classic

Willamette Wanderings Plaid Blanket Scarf in Classic. (Photo: Modcloth)

At $8, it’s a price that’s hard to refuse and one that will keep you warm and cozy no matter where you are.

Shop it: $8 (was $19), modcloth.com

Pendleton Heritage Black Watch Tartan Tall Waterproof Boots

Pendleton Heritage Black Watch Tartan Tall Waterproof Boots. (Photo: Nordstrom)

These Pendleton boots are a chic alternative to traditional rain boots and come in Meghan and Kate’s Black Watch print.

Shop it: $98 (was $140), nordstrom.com

Topshop Fellow Tartan Coat

Topshop Fellow Tartan Coat. (Photo: Topshop)

For the fashionista who is unafraid of making a statement, this bright yellow tartan coat is for you.

Shop it: $170, topshop.com

Matiko Lisa Point-Toe Mules

Matiko Lisa Point Toe Mules. (Photo: Shopbop)

If you love wearing mules as much as we do, this Matiko pair puts a playful twist on your typical black and nude heels.

Shop it: $41 (was $136), shopbop.com

Set About Your Work Sleeve Dress

Set About Your Work Sleeve Dress. (Photo: Modcloth)

We love the vintage quality of this A-line dress. It’s fun, flirty and appropriate for all types of occasions.

Shop it: $99, modcloth.com

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