It’s no secret that I love pattern. It’s my favorite color after all. Plaid is just one of those patterns that is synonymous with the autumn season. I love seeing all of the warm tones it is available in and this season it is everywhere.
Plaid is a pattern that is considered traditional and classic it does have a bit of an edge to it. My years in the 90′ gave me two ends of the spectrum with plaid. Grunge bands and Clueless. Because of all of the colors in the weaving of the pattern it makes it easy to work with a variety of other colors and patterns too.
Some Plaid History
Plaid made its way onto the scene in the 1700’s but it really didn’t catch on as a fashion trend until the 1970’s. Originally plaid was called Tartan, which is still around today, but as the weave got smaller plaid became the name. Plaid’s popularity surged in the 70’s and back again in the 90’s due to the movie Clueless and the grunge era (see I already told you that above.). Plaid has also become a staple of punk rock bands and fans.
Before the 20th century plaid was tied very closely to Scotland because Tartan was the cultural symbol for their clans. In 1924 Pendelton Mills released a plaid shirt and this is where the mainstream of plaid began. These shirts were also the earliest examples of modern-day sportswear. An interesting fact is that plaid is often a staple of the anti-establishment wardrobe while also being worn by private school girls. Talk about world colliding. Plaid has proven itself to be a closet staple. It was basically good enough for Travis Barker and The Queen of England. Talk about a fashion enigma.
How are we wearing plaid in 2023
Like many things in fashion plaid is one that comes in and out of trend without ever fully going out of style. This fall it is definitely having a big resurgence with suits, mini skirts, pants and dresses.
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