Plaid is one of the most cheerful surprises of the winter season… Although it existed in the history of clothes for long years, this practical pattern completely turned into a passion in the 17th century when yarn-dyed fabrics became widespread in the fashion world. Since then, it has been taking its place among the trends, both on macro and micro level, with different colours and styles nearly every year. Although we see this pattern in sport shirts enlivened with embroidery, the plaid leaving its mark on 2018-19 Fall-winter season has a much more elegant and noble presence. The patterns referring to the style of the women that made room for themselves in the men’s world of 1970s and succeeded in not also being strong and feminist, but also staying feminine display a more elegant and classy stance in terms of both colour and cut. We see it in waist-fitting jackets with pipe details, trousers enlivened with stripe details and pleated skirts as well. How about we learn some interesting information about this elegant design that we will see around in a more abundant way this season?
- In the 16th century, the plaid was characterized as an identity card emphasizing the region that they come from for the Scots. Especially during the years with intensified immigration, this fabric turned into a symbol used for emphasizing their origins with pride.
- Although they are used as synonyms nowadays, the tartan and the plaid actually have different meanings. While tartan refers to the original colours and textures inherited from the ancestors of the Scotch clans, the ‘plaide’ (plaid) was the common name of the thick blankets used in that period. In time, the second name started to be used in a more widespread manner.
- After a rebellion in 1745, the British parliament prohibited the plaid for nearly 40 years. The plait was considered as the common symbol of the rebels and their supports in that period.
- One of the factors that made the plaid popular was the fact that an American company produced this fabric with a more intense pattern in red-black colours and used it as the work clothes for its employees. Since then, different versions of the said shirt have frequently appeared in the fashion world.
- Having gained a more assertive interpretation in 1970s, the plaid was started to be used together with free patterns. It entered 1990s with a grunge meaning.
We recommend you to not forget to make room in your wardrobe for this joyful pattern that is seen in nearly all parts like jackets, skirts, and blouses in the new season.