I beg your pardon but is that tartan? I prefer to call it plaid. Potato potautoh, right? Well kind of depending on where you live. Scots would tell you there is definitely a difference, but North Americans lump it all into the same category.
I am just the teeniest bit mad for plaid. I appreciate a good Glen check (or Glenurquhart check), a Prince of Wales pattern, a lumberjack black and red check (because I’m a good Canadian), and hoodstooth really is the cat’s meow, but there’s nothing quite like a standard plaid.
The most popular of all the plaids is probably the Royal Stewart plaid. That’s the one that has a predominantly red background with blue, white and green stripes throughout (below). It’s a favourite for sure, but I love a good plaid that is a bit more unexpected. My current favourite is a plaid blouse that I picked up a few years ago from Babaton at Aritzia that has a purple base with navy and green plaid stripes throughout. The colours are different and that makes my inner fashion girl tick.
Plaid truly is the quintessential print, the mother of all patterns, because of its timelessness. It has been around longer than William Wallace and the early Highlanders, but is still worn to this day and throughout the world. Plaid is also ageless. It looks as adorable on a two year old as it does elegant on an 85 year old. It is demure when seen on a Catholic school girl in uniform, but takes a bad ass turn when it shows up in punk fashion.
Plaid takes the most conservative of outfits and adds visual interest. It is preppy when paired with a pea coat and works equally well with leather, lace and a pair of Doc Marten boots, chains, spikes and piercings. Same print, different take.
There are endless ways to do plaid – scarf, shirt, pants, blazer, coat or shirt. It can be casual, evening, weekend or work. It is all around the perfect print. I am particularly in love with the plaid shirt with floral cuffs and lapel binding (as seen below). It adds several of my favourite elements – girly, casual and rock ‘n roll.
Nothing is quite as great as plaid which is why I am crazy for this print. No need to say more.