Tartan and checked items don't automatically mean you have to go punk. A lot of the stuff that's emerging this season is much smarter and more feminine than the mini kilts and skinny trousers you might be used to. River Island's cute little cinch-waist jacket caught my eye for its vintage charm, but I wanted to do something a little bit unexpected...for once there's not a pencil skirt in sight!

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Tartan check button jacket £34.99 River Island
Red skinny fit jeans £24.99 Uniqlo
J'aime Paris brooch £8.50 Dolly Dagger
Pure quilted heart lock bag £45 ASOS.com
'Amy' zip front double buckle boots £80 Topshop
Red bow stud earrings £5 Diva at Miss Selfridge