The History Of One Of Our Fave Prints: Plaid

11 Aug
Natacha Medeiros

Plaid is a tried and true wardrobe staple that we’re especially into for the cooler, upcoming seasons (just check out our latest arrivals). But how exactly did this heritage pattern come to be? Here’s a brief history of plaid:


Tartans (which are specific groupings of Scottish plaid based on colours, regions, etc.) go far back in history. Plaid-patterned fabrics were originally worn as heavy travelling cloaks to stay warm from the cold Scottish winters and gained their popularity around the 1600 and 1700’s. Soon after, British and American manufacturers picked up on the trend and starting replicating plaid textiles for their own markets. Fun fact: The pattern was also worn as a uniform by the Scottish military during the 1746 rebellion, and, as a result, the dark green and blue pattern that was used became associated with rebellion. Funny enough, plaid was briefly banned in Britain due to its association.


By the 19th century, plaid was all the rage in America, thanks to Scottish immigrants bringing their heritage across the pond. It became a workwear staple in the 1920s and by the 1970s, could be seen everywhere from home decor to the runway. It then made its way to the punk style of the 70s and became a staple during the grunge era of the 90s.


Today, plaid is a classic print that goes with nearly anything. It’s a closet staple that’s always in style, and luckily, we’ve got plenty of plaid styles in our Shirt Shop. This time around, they’re detailed with ruffles and embroidery. Check them out and tell us how you style plaid in the comments below!



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