It’s FINALLY cold enough to start wearing my winter wardrobe, yay! I have always been obsessed with plaid and truly consider it a staple in my wardrobe. It seems that the winter months bring out the plaiditude in everyone!
The History of Plaid:
Did you know plaid isn’t technically the correct term to use? This fabric named “tartan” originated in Scotland and has been traced back 3,000 years! The Scottish used tartan to differentiate between clans and some even had their own family tartan (I want to have one for my fam!). Plaid was actually a term used to describe a heavy cloak or blanket used to keep them warm- similar to a modern blanket scarf or poncho.
Tartan was originally made from wool and the color draft is called a sett. With modern technology we use machines to create tartan but back in the day they used the sett to specifically describe the color combination of threads. Now the sett is used to describe threads but also to play with sizing for different garments and accessories. For example, a men’s tie sett would be much smaller than a sett used for a skirt.
It wasn’t until the 19th century that tartan was actually a fabric used for women’s clothing. It is now a classic for men, women, and kids of every age. Once the tartan fabric was popular with American and British textile makers, it received the name plaid. Although tartan has become plaid, the history of origin still remains. It’s been recognized more for its beauty than for its deep rooted history.
This outfit post was inspired by my love for plaid. The simplicity of everything else lets the plaid bag stand out. I chose to pair the dress with some suede boots and simple jewelry to finish the look. This simple outfit would have been rather boring without the plaiditute this bag brings. I have linked some of my favorite plaid bags below and stay tuned for next week’s gift guide for the plaid lover in your life!
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