Plaid, flannel, lumberjack or plain old get your axe and cut down the tree yonder — checked shirts are not just for the lazy country weekend but have been sported all over Dublin campuses, clubs and hipster pubs this year (note the axe is not a necessary accessory for urban living). The shirt was brought back with a bang over the last few years with boho and uber cool celebs such as Kate Bosworth and Mary-Kate Olson showing us that plaid can make a style statement all on its own.
For the boys the lumberjack shirt was associated with the D.I.Y. working men, yet in the '70s the buttoned-up shirt (check if you were being specific) was not about do it yourself, the check shirt was not an individualist choice but that of a conscious trend choice; it was the end of the skinhead revolution and the start of the mod revival. With both if these trends fashion provided the necessary representation. It was all about the right look; for the skinheads Dr. Martens and braces had to be brought into the mix, for the mod revival a certain cheeky yet dapper style of dress was taken on board. Ironed and fitted shirts in either check, like this week’s Fashionisto, or their signature label Fred Perry, as loved by Amy Winehouse, along with skinny jeans, a parka or a collarless sports jacket. This trend was started in the indie clubs in England and took full control over the indie and underground scene with the introduction of two tone music or ska. Music was the main component of the mod revival and continues to dominate its success and popularity through the ages with bands like Blur and Oasis sporting the trend in the '90s and Artic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs and The Ordinary Boys bringing it into the noughties.
This Fashionisto goes for the classic red and black colours of old with heavily blocked check details that allows for an air of vintage sophistication and dispels any notions of "night at the rodeo". The cotton fabric is that little bit friendlier and easier to wear than the usual woollen styles seen out and about in the winter months. The light fabric allows for layering if needs be yet works just as well alone with form fitting trousers, ala the look in general. As the cold creeps in a vintage denim jacket or an '80s sports jacket would finish the look perfectly.
The shops are laden with the plaid shirt and the trend will be sticking around for quite some time. Topman, River Island and Pennys (Primark) all have great versions at varying prices. Modrevival.net has all ypu need to know about the history, music, culture and most importantly fashion of the scene. If it a full mod revival that you wish to go for get yourself along to Fred Perry; just remember to keep it stylish!