Last night all eyes were on Bonnie Scotland, as Glasgow kicked off the 2014 Commonwealth Games with an incredible display of all things Scottish! We were wooed by the highland dancing on giant whiskey barrels, dazzled by Rod Stewart’s very sparkly, silver performance (there’s a man who likes his metallics. Fact.) and our hearts pained to see a nervous Susan Boyle forgetting some of the words to Mull of Kintyre (don’t worry about it SuBo- we don’t know the words either!)
The opening ceremony was a perfect celebration of all things quirky and colourful, many of which make Scotland great. How adorable was the inflatable Nessie donning the typical Tam o’Shanter? While the incredible bridges strengthened by Irn Bru cans just confirmed our suspicions that Irn Bru is the perfect foundation for everything (including our diets…) The ceremony did get quite surreal at several (read: many) points, and we’re still unsure of what to make of John Barrowman emerging from underneath a monstrously large kilt, leading the way in a green checked van, which we are now dubbing the tartan-mobile. And can we talk about the dancing Turnock tea cakes? Seeing those foiled biscuits prance around the stage brought many memories back of getting dolled up in shiny paper for primary school nativity plays and Christmas parties, and at Sarenza HQ we are both impressed and envious (who wouldn’t want to dress up as one of the tastiest teatime treats of all time?) with the dancers ability to look elegant and graceful while emulating the chocolate and marshmallow delight that is the classic tea cake. “I’m a little tea cake, short and stout…” – bravo!
Of course, no Scottish celebration would be complete without a bit of tartan, and last night did not disappoint. There were swathes of the traditional check fabric everywhere, and the organisers even designed their own tartan for the Glasgow games, true dedication –or should that be threadication- to the country’s beloved fabric! Barrowman’s purple tartan suit was just as eclectic as the presenter himself, more men were in kilts than ladies in skirts, and we nearly died of the cuteness overload from the 41 adorable scottie dogs wearing little tartan jackets as they paraded round the arena, representing the nations and territories competing in the games.
Scotland has a strong heritage with tartan, and although The Dress Act of 1746 attempted to bring the warrior clans under government control by banning the tartan and other aspects of Gaelic culture, the law was repealed in 1782, and it was no longer ordinary Highland dress, but was adopted instead as the symbolic national dress of Scotland.Thick, heavy tartan might not be the wisest fashion choice for summer, so save yourself from wool-induced summer sweats, and look at accessorising with tartan bags and shoes. All aboard the tartan-mobile!
Studded tartan Dr Martens? That’s the Scottish attitude we’re talking about!
Vivienne Westwood‘s punk aesthetic and love of all things heritage makes this tartan handbag the perfect ladylike accessory! The gold chain is classic of French handbags, like the Chanel 2.55, but that bold plaid pattern is a style a lot closer to home!
These lace-ups may be “Oxford” style, but there’s no denying that their bright red check is 100% Scottish influenced!
With their little golden horse bit detailing, these shoes would be perfect for watching the Equestrian events at the games!
Another wee Vivienne Westwood number, rocking a dashing pink and purple tartan printed on leather!
Wanting more tartan inspiration, or just looking for some more photos of that memorable opening ceremony? Head on over to our pinterest board to scope out the Scottish style!