Fashion Compliments of Rob Roy


This bold pattern might be thought of as one used most in menswear, but the iconic pattern will never really go out of style. In fact, more and more designers from the runway to the retail industry continue to produce it and in a pleasing way in women's apparel!

Originally named MacGregor Red and Black, also understood as the Rob Roy (MacGregor Tartan), additionally in America the infamous pattern was respectfully deemed the name that many people know today as the Buffalo Check or Buffalo Plaid. MacGregor is a Highland Scottish clan. 

After doing more research there were several versions of where the actual name Buffalo Check came from. The most reliable were based on the fact that in the 19th Century Big Jock MacClusky brought the cloth over to America for commerce during that time.(1) In 1979 the first use of the term Buffalo Plaid was known.(2) But, the rich Scottish heritage and record of the Rob Roy MacGregor Tartan's details goes beyond a fashion trend. 

I am always intrigued by origins of patterns and fashioning elements, especially the history behind fabric names. According to The Scottish Register of Tartans the name 'Rob Roy' surfaced during the Victorian period.

Years or perhaps a decade ago, I would not have thought that I would acquire a dress specifically like this one! Although, I do love prints, stripes, and patterns in general I had only found shirting or coats that were well suited for my wardrobe in earlier years. Then, this little dress came along a few years back. 

Before trying the dress on I knew it was for me, and thanks to a good friend it was highly considered! Hanger appeal it had, yes, but a custom touch of modern was needed. So, I added a few accessories, including my printed scarf.


A vintage slip layered with stripes and skulls never felt so good. A woman at the grocer asked me loudly where I was going, as if you needed to be going somewhere special with a red and black dress. Hmm, well, I wasn't going camping!

"To the park actually to sit and draw for a bit, I calmly replied!" But, then she just looked confused. One does not need an occasion to wear whatever you feel, whether it's a playful, bold, extravagant, or even a casually classic ensemblemake the reason simply living life, and wearing happy!

Per usual, I did wear happy that day ... and it felt great!

Wishing you a joyous week lovelies!

The goods: Dress-To Love Kuvaa, Cuff-DIY,Vintage-lace slip, Striped belt and flats-F21, Scarf-gifted *Sources: Wikipedia, The Scottish Registery of Tartans, Blueridge Outdoors. Notations: (1): Braeval (2): Mirriam-Webster..*Further reading on MacGregor Tartan.



  1. I love this print and your dress is gorgeous! I love how you gave it some little unexpected twists with the printed scarf, the striped belt and the lace slip, really completes this dress! I also love your flats. 

    Haha don't people like that just make you smile, why dose there have to be an occasion?! :) 

    Take care,

    Daniella xox 

  2. Oh wow, how beautiful and stunning is that dress? It looks absolutely fantastic! I love it! You have such an amazing style!

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls

  3. it's a great plaid/tartan! looks fabulous on you. i love the slip you added underneath. so pretty :) i never knew the history behind it! thanks for sharing that information.

  4. sartorialsidelines04 October, 2012

    I love this! The little history lesson is awesome and I am such for a black and red plaid - plus it's just so cute!

    Courtney ~

  5. Where are you going? tsk! As if you need to be going somewhere! Good for you for getting dressed up I say! I love the little lace slip peeking out from beneath.

  6. love this pattern on you! you look BEAUTIFUL!

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

  7. love this pattern on you! you look BEAUTIFUL!

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

  8. I like the fashion movie inspiration! Your dress is adorable, this is one of my favourite prints and it looks especially lovely in red and black. Fab look hun!

  9. alwand blog05 October, 2012

    great look, i love the dress

  10. francesca romana capizzi05 October, 2012

    today I have learnt something new!!
    I love the rob roy, check, plaid or whatever you call it dress that you are wearing!!
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  11. Closet Fashionista05 October, 2012

    I love that dress on you! The slip is such a nice finishing touch :)

  12. While of course I knew the pattern, I never knew the history---- until now!  Thanks for teach the lesson (and looking so chic in the process)!!!

  13. Thechicsheet.net05 October, 2012

    Plaid is making a come back! ;)


  14. haha, thanks dear. I had to add some lace, of course! Enjoy your weekend. :)

  15. Thanks hun for your sweet comment. -xxoo/Madison

  16. Sweety - YOU make this dress/pattern!  The vintage slip is classic and who doesn't love a few skulls here and there!

    Loved reading your research - so very interesting to know the history behind this print!

  17. Fabulous! I am in love with this dress! 


  18. The Dainty Dolls House05 October, 2012

    Finally someone calling it tartan and not plaid!! Once I found out what the Plaid actually was, I stopped saying plaid. (it's a scarf/blanket type thing worn on the shoulder with the full Scottish kilt). There are masses upon masses of different tartans and one clan can have a number of different ones for different events and occasions. You can even create your own tartan if your family is Scottish here. This dress is so pretty, love the lace added at the bottom. You suit the colours too :) Hope you have a wonderful day doll & weekend to come :) xx

  19. Ohhh such a pretty dress honey!:)

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  22. I love fabrics and fabric history too!!! but not as much as I love that scarf in your hair! Such a great combo!

  23. Beautiful dress and so unique layering over a lace slip, ahhhhhhhhhhh.
    Must try!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend, dear Madison.

  24.  You're very welcome. Thanks so much for reading dear. Wishing you a happy weekend. -xx

  25. Thanks so much Ivana for the lovely compliment. :)

  26. Oh to Be a Muse05 October, 2012

    I had no idea Rob Roy was the official name of this pattern. I really like how the dress looks on you when belted. Also, I must have those zipper flats.

  27. Exactly! Yes, I thought it was really interesting as well learning about how they can produce their own tartan by family, how amazing! Thanks so much for your comment dear Kizzy. xx Enjoy your weekend.

  28. Glad that you enjoyed this post! Thank you.

  29. Rowena Rolala Loves05 October, 2012

    You look fabulous! That plaid rocks and it has a cool name too.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  30. I have always been intrigued by the origination of fabrics and styles too.  But plaid will probably never fully go out of style.  I love this dress!  The lace at the bottom is just the icing on the cake!

  31. alessia milanese05 October, 2012

    Love this outfit, the dress is soo cool! :)

  32. Lorena Lorena05 October, 2012

    I love learning new things :)
    Don't you just laugh a little at yourself when you know you would have never EVER worn something a few years back and now you love it ? I KNOW I DO!

  33. Such a cute dress! Love the print and color.

  34. you look soo pretty i love that dress a bit retro :)
    kisses dear thank you for your lovely comment!

  35.  You too Sacramento. Thanks! x

  36. Thozhi Mitr Friend06 October, 2012

    Very bold, but very well balanced with the feminine lace! Love it!!!
    The shoes are awesome!!!
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  37. I like the pattern. You've done a detailed research on it!

  38. Stylish ByNature06 October, 2012

    Great retro the lace details :) You look so pretty !! Kisessss

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  39. Looking awesome in checks again! This time in red and black... the additonal layering is a beautiful twist!
    Have a fantastic weekend!

  40. Amazing look, darling!
    Love the lace slip!


  41. Jelena Zivanovic06 October, 2012

    I adore tartan print, I have quite few skirts with this pattern!:)  You look so good wearing it, and I love your hair decoration!!:) Happy Saturday dear!

  42. What a gorgeous dress.  Presented beautifully.  You have style in abundance.

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  44. I adore that dress!  It looks amazing on you and those shoes are to die for :) xoxo

  45. Vanisha Mishra-Vakaoti07 October, 2012

    I love the addition of the vintage slip to that outfit, it adds a beautiful touch of old school femininity xoxox

  46. I loved reading the history behind the fabric and how it was brought over to the US. You're right it is usually associated with menswear but occasionally crosses over into womenswear.

    I loved what you said about not needing an occasion to wear something. Too many clothes go unworn because they sit in our wardrobes waiting for that 'special occasion'

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  49. Thanks Arash! Yes, sometimes you just need to bring out certain items and create your own occasion, instead of letting it sit forever in our closets. :)

  50. SACRAMENTO Amate01 June, 2013

    I trek Rob Roy´s run A FEW YEARS BACK IN sCOTLAND.
    Have a fabulous weekend.


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