Going mad for plaid this fall? Fear not! The Scottish tartan pattern is racking up the store shelves this season. Although considered a fall and winter trend, plaid has actually been an enduring trend around for centuries. We never really think about the woven look when we wear it because it’s become so mainstream, but the history behind the look is quite fascinating.
The word tartan used to describe the fabric (plaid) was originally from the French word tiretain, most likely derived from the verb tirer which means to weave (French class in college is definitely paying off, everyone). In Scotland, the different patterns of plaid were most likely associated with regional backgrounds of Scottish clans or institutions to identify themselves from one another or link back to Scottish heritage. Now, in 2013, we identify plaid (especially with flannel) as the quintessential fall must-have that hits the runway for almost any fall/winter collection (i.e. Valentino’s fall 2013 menswear collection).
Since plaid is such a fad these days, I couldn’t help but notice this Fashionisto sporting his cooly colored plaid with his gray chinos and classic suede oxford shoes. The plaid button-down adds the perfect touch to this crisp, clean look. I loved how he paired the neutral colors together with the multi-colored plaid shirt and made it stand out from the rest of the outfit. From all the many reasons to wear plaid, the best of all is that it’s the most comfortable garment to wear and is versatile enough to coordinate with almost any ensemble. While I don’t want to kilt you into wearing plaid, I encourage you to go try it out and not cross this criss-crossed pattern off your shopping list this season.
Hint: For a warm fall look, search for plaid button-downs made from flannel material instead of linen and opt for more red and merlot undertone patterns.