Plaid shirt? Yes, she is still in fashion in all forms of tiles! This motif has stood the test of time and even under the vintage label, it has known how to please and is even more pleasing today !
Plaid shirt: why this pattern seems eternal ?
From the Scottish tartan which expressed belonging to a particular clan with a discreet pattern, to the elegant and chic models that exist today, we have seen and known checks! And although even today we imagine the typical American shirt as soon as we are told “checkered shirt”, we assure you that there is such style and elegance in certain checked patterns that it is. hard to believe his eyes. Stay with us to be able to convince you !
Plaid shirt: Celtic origins !
What is tartan and why do we talk about tartan first? First, tartan is a pattern of horizontal and vertical stripes of different perpendicular colors. The Scottish plaid is the Scottish woven woolen fabric where the tartan is found in its authentic appearance. The plaid shirt therefore has Celtic origins! Membership of family clans and the uniqueness of this motif among the Scots have already been mentioned. Being a symbol of Scottish culture, the wearing of tartan was even banned at a given time by the English but Scottish Prince Charles Edward Stuart did not really obey..
Plaid shirt and her arrival in the United States where she ultimately becomes an icon
Why then when we talk about a plaid shirt, we immediately imagine a typical American shirt. Well, because the shirt crossed the Atlantic Ocean and ended up in the United States. We all know Americans have a knack for making good use of anything that can be put to good use..
The probable trade link between Scotland and England
It is said that a Scotsman arrived in Montana and traded his tartan material to the Native Americans for buffalo hides. At the same time, John Rich, son of an English wool carder, moved to the East Coast in the United States to found the Woolrich Woolen Mills..
He produced woolen clothing for American pioneers, lumberjacks and farmers who had to contend with the extreme climate in the United States. At one point, he came up with a plaid shirt model in red and black named Buffalo. This name would have been given to him because John Rich bred buffaloes in parallel in Montana, it seems. In any case, this shirt in red and black is a huge hit in the United States. This “red plaid shirt” would have given the beginning of the immense success of the plaid shirt, which has become an icon even there..
Plaid shirt for everyone !
The checkered shirt appears in the comics to showcase the American lifestyle. And the ad is now launched! From then on, the Pendleton wool company decided to create such shirts but in a more sporty style. Thus, the checkered shirt is not intended only for lumberjacks, farmers or workers in general, but for all !
Towards the end of the forties, female models were also created. Later in the 1960s, members of the American group Beach Boys wore a Pendleton model on the cover of one of their albums, Surfer Girl. In the late seventies, the American series Sheriff, Scare Me, Wears Sexy Daisy in Such a Shirt.
… really for everyone !
Then, who does not remember the television series The Little House on the Prairie where all the characters, even the three girls wear plaid clothes? In the Eighties, in the series A Funny Family, the characters also dress in plaid shirts. Finally, in the nineties, Kurt Cobain himself, the singer of Nirvana, imposed the plaid shirt as a dress code. And this not only among fans of grunge, a musical style and a real way of life, but among young people in general..
The tartan seems eternal !
This Scottish fabric is over two hundred years old and not only is it not dead, it hasn’t aged! Long live the tartan! Over the past twenty years, it could be said that he has even become younger. Appeared on the parades of the greatest couturiers, in all shapes, sizes and colors, he knows how to brag and please.
Plaid shirt and large distribution
Major brands in the textile industry now offer variations of the checkered shirt and all kinds of checked clothing. The material is no longer just wool, the colors are varied. We are moving away from the Scottish fabric but the originality is in full swing. Both women and men benefit from it. The pattern comes and goes without disappearing. Everyone has something for them, from the great couturiers to the children in the street.
By way of women, one of the biggest consumers of checked clothing. They find simplicity and elegance in it! The simpler the pattern in terms of color combinations, the more there is an unmistakable elegance.
Today, do we associate the checked shirt with a new generation of young people? ?
Do we associate the wearing of checked shirts with the new geniuses on the planet, the hipsters? Who are they already? At that time, when the word first had meaning, Hispsters were white people who loved jazz, drugs, and the jazz-era lifestyle. Today that word has quite a different meaning. These are hip kids who don’t give a damn about anything conventional. The only resemblance to yesteryear is perhaps the typical “cool attitude” for both generations of hipsters.
So, the hipsters the plaid shirts? And yes, today’s hipsters tend to own the pattern. They like to wear shirts like that. But second-hand clothes do not make the identity card! To be a hipster, you need more than that! You have to be 18-25 years old at the most, a beard of at least three days and have a retro-quirky look! Well, it takes more to qualify as a hipster but we’ll come back to that later … in another article maybe !
The plaid shirt and famous movie stars or singers
These people are fashionable people, but at the same time they are like everyone else. In the street, on vacation, they are worn like everyone else. If there are plaid clothes for everyone, there is something for them too. We have already seen in celebrity magazines several actors or singers walking with their families in jeans and checkered shirts..
Other checked clothing: scarves …
You know that a scarf is one of the most popular accessories that almost everyone has and wears especially in winter but also in autumn and spring. Having the check pattern on your scarf is good because the multicolored checks bring a lively touch to an outfit not very rich in color..
Other checked clothing: skirts
Plaid skirts have always been in fashion. Wearing the Scottish tartan as a skirt was extremely modern during the 1980s. Today, we prefer mono or two-tone checked skirts. Simplicity and sobriety often go hand in hand with elegance.
The cut of plaid skirts has also changed since the Scottish tartan is no longer the only plaid pattern in existence. Before the Scottish tartan was worn on pleated skirts. Today, the skirt has various cuts: mini-skirts, long skirts, etc..
Other checked clothing: coats
Checkered coats are so chic, so elegant! Black and white tiles are obviously the most elegant pattern there is. Then there are the checks in beige, black and white as offered by the Burberry brand..
Dress-type plaid shirt
The pattern in red and black always pleases. It is a combination of colors that will always please because it is very symbolic. We already told you the story of the red plaid shirt, so it’s only fitting that if this shirt in red and black liked so many people before, it would like a lot of people today too..
Tiles are of very different types. The variety in colors is immense. Originality knows no bounds. Realization, that is, the application of ideas related to color combinations knows no bounds either. Plaid clothing can be of any style. From the original old or vintage plaid shirt, through skirts, dresses and suits to finally arrive at ponchos, jackets, raincoats, coats, etc. : from sporty and relaxed style to elegant haute couture style …
A few more pictures of pure elegance coats