Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, sent a message to hospital staff at NHS Tayside thanking them for their work and wishing them well on Burns Night, Scotland's celebration of poet Robert Burns.
The royal mom appeared in the video message sporting a red tartan dress by Emilia Wickstead — despite the widely accepted practice in the style world to avoid wearing plaid outside the month of December.
It's an unwritten style rule that red, tartan plaids are reserved for the holiday season. Kate Middleton’'s look feels more 'Christmas card' ready and less 'January Zoom' appropriate. However, just like white after Labor Day, style rules are made to be broken.
And seeing how cheerful the print looks, Kate Middelton’'s commitment to plaid might just start a fashion revolution. It's likely that Kate opted to wear the dress — which she also sported to the Queen's Buckingham Palace Christmas lunch in 2019 — as the pattern is closely associated with Scotland.
In fact, the Duchess of Cambridge often incorporates tartan into her wardrobe when visiting the country. In December, she sported a tartan scarf that hinted that the couple's first stop on their train tour of the U.K. was Edinburgh, Scotland.