One of our favourite clothing patterns has to be checks. A widely beloved pattern, it simply goes with everything! Casual or formal shirts, skirts, dresses, anything! Now while the check is an infamous pattern, there are a lot of different types of it. But the one we will be focusing on today is the Plaid. Pronounced as ‘Plad’, this check pattern is one of the oldest to exist.
The credit of plaid goes to Scotland. Traditionally, plaid was actually the name of the fabric that was used by the people of Scotland. It was a heavy travelling cloak worn for protection from the harsh Scottish winters. There was a criss crossing check pattern on this cloak which was called ‘tartan’. The plaid first appeared in 1725 as the military dress in the British Army. It continued to be a full regimental uniform throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Then, by 1914, plaid was worn mostly by sergeants, officers and pipers. Any plaid clothing item owned in the family had a historical meaning to it.
Traditionally, plaid was made by using alternating bands of pre-dyed threads woven together. As the pattern gained popularity with British and American textile manufacturers, the word tartan was replaced by plaid. They recreated fabrics that looked like tartans but without any symbolic meaning. Soon plaid grew as a fashion statement than as a garment of symbolic value. Plaid is considered a cultural icon of Scotland and their contribution to fashion.
One of the most iconic plaid moments was Cher’s yellow plaid suit in the 90s movie Clueless.
Another iconic plaid would be the Burberry Check.
How can we forget Rachel Green’s plaid skirt from Friends?
Or her shirt.
And obviously as 90s are back, plaid has been ruling the fall runways. Checkout a few shows where plaid was definitely ruling the ramp.
Michael Kors Fall 2018
Calvin Luo Fall 2018
Matthew Adams Dolan Fall 2018
Here is a look at some of our favourite celebrities spotted in plaid.
Want to know how to wear plaid in your daily lives? Here are a few looks that I curated for you. Check out the video below!