Don’t blame me for the brownish tones, I would like to stress that I did not Instagram these scans, the editors of L’Officiel Hommes in 1984 decided this fashion spread would look better with a sort of pseudo-vintage ‘Valencia’ filter. Perhaps to suggest some sort of turn-of-the-century atmosphere? Anyhow, I would like to focus your attention on the combination worn by the male model in the second picture, the navy single breasted blazer (with mocked up coat of arms on the breast pocket), a pair of Blackwatch tartan trousers and a quasi regimental tie. The kind of informal ‘uniform’ you can nowadays only spot shown on the runway (at Ralph Lauren or maybe Jeremy Hackett) or on occasion worn by ageing WOII veterans and retired Luitenant-Admirals. For good reasons too; Blackwatch, like other obnoxious Highland checks, is so ugly, that it has the weird ‘quaint’ quality on which British (country) attire seems to have a monopoly. Rule Britannia, a strong dose of international anglophilia and the combined efforts Edward VII, Edward VIII and Coco Chanel made tweed and tartan the Scottish export products that they are today.