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Plaid. Where we were & where we are now.

Plaid. Where we were & where we are now.


What is plaid? Plaid originated from Scots Gaelic in 1510. It is any fabric woven of differently colored yarns in a cross barred pattern. It also means it's a pattern of a long, rectangular piece of cloth, usually with such a pattern and worn across the left shoulder by Scottish Highlanders.

Whatever the history, plaid is cute and can be worn with so many outfits! There are a few different types of plaid. The most popular and most worn is Tartan. Many plaid button down shirts and vests come in this style. It originated from Scotland and is Kate Middleton's favorite plaid. If this is also you favorite, it means you are classic and a traditionalist. 


Madras plaid is also very popular. It originated in Chennai, India in the 1800s. The look is bright colors and is usually cotton. It's preppy and fun. Blanket scarves are a great fun way to show off your madras style. If you love this pattern as much as me, you are someone who is carefree and bold. You're not afraid to wear colorful attire. 


Other plaids include Tattersall - from London. The name comes from the Tattersall's horse market which opened in the 1700's. Blankets with the famous plaid were popular to use on horses. Business men usually are sporting this pattern as well as the Beach Boys. Wearing Tattersall says you are versatile, since they are stylish in any season. Or you could be an equestrian lover.

The Window Pane Check plaid looks like lines in a window pane. This pattern is popular in women's tops and dresses.

Check Plaid is even squares of color that don't overlap each other. This is a great pop of pattern to add to any pocket dress

Gingham plaid is from the mid-18th century Manchester, England. You've seen this pattern before. Like Dorothy's dress in the Wizard of Oz. This pattern says you are fun, casual, and that you don't take yourself too seriously. You're probably fun and easy to hang out with! 

Houndstooth checks that make up the houndstooth are broken/uneven and pointy-shaped (like a hound's tooth). The houndstooth pattern is traditionally black and white but can be found in a variety of colors and on a variety of garments and accessories, such as a reversible infinity scarf. 


Glen plaid originated from Scotland. This checked wool was used first in the 19th century. It's two dark and two light stripes that cross over four dark and light stripes, creating a pattern of irregular checks, usually on women's and men's business suits. The Duke of Windsor made this pattern popular and so did the Prince of Wales. Worn by presidents and CEOs, this plaid says you're defines you as important and dignified.


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