I'm not one to go cuckoo for all things plaid, but there are some niceties about all that vertical and horizontal madness. But whether you're more fond of gingham, windowpane or madras ---the fact that you've seen your fair share of plaid this season isn't a figment of your imagination. It's on trend. From flannel plaid shirts to preppy pleated skirts--there will be no shortage for seasons to come. Aside from its popularity fad, here are five things that I love about the print.
1. Variety | There are six main types of the popular pattern which allows for greater variety in choice. Have your pick why don't you! Tartan - originated in Scotland, this type is mostly know for flannel button down shirts. Tattersall - originated in London, England. Worn mainly by businessmen in the form of a classic button down dress shirt. Historically a symbol of horses or equestrian culture. Windowpane - Resembling panes on a window, the check pattern made a popular insurgence last season when it became a favorite amongst bloggers and street style enthusiasts. While I'm not exactly sure of its origin, it is pretty safe to say that it is a global phenomenon. Madras - originated in India in the 1800s. This bright and colorful version of plaid is a preppy staple--popular to the New England region and destinations like Cape Cod and Nantucket. I love this print best on fitted ankle-length trousers. It is bold and I am all here for it. Gingham - you may recall Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz rocked a gingham dress. Or what about that fabulous classically tailored J. Crew button down? It is said to have originated in Manchester, London in the mid-18th century. Boy those Londoners sure love their plaid don't they? This patten touts larger light and dark contrasting stripes. Certainly one of my favorite types. Glen Plaid - this Scottish 19th-century woven wool is made suitable for---well----suits. Perfect for tailored jackets and slacks for that oh so dapper gentlemen.
2. Perfect Mix | Plaid provides a perfect contrast for mixing prints. Have fun mixing two different types of plaid. How about gingham and windowpane---perfect. Plaid on polka dots--- perfect. Plaid on animal print---perfect. Plaid on stripes---perfect. Enjoy the endless possibilities when it comes to mixing prints with plaid.
3. Plaid Everything | Seriously, this print can accommodate and accentuate any type of garment. From undergarments to a fitted cap. It is extremely versatile in nature. Plaid sheath dress? Check. Plaid shift dress? Check. Plaid summer shorts? Check. Plaid dress shirt? Check. Plaid skinny trousers? Check. Plaid pea coat? Check. A fabulous pair of plaid flats? Check. Okay---I think you get the point.
4. Durability | Some of my most long-lasting pieces of clothing happens to be plaid. It is classic in nature and has a great tendency to hide most stains and imperfections. This---in itself makes it a keeper. It has stood the test of time around my neck of the woods. Most garments made of plaid are made of flannel, wool or high quality cotton. These fabric choices are sure to withstand the test of times when properly cared for.
5. Effortless | It's an effortless and chic print. You really don't have to put in much effort when styling plaid. It kinda does all the work for you. Whether you decide to go schoolgirl or varsity chic, business conservative or street style wild---you can certainly pull off any of these looks with ease.