Style Glossary: They’ve Gone Plaid!

Greetings, Modsters! Excuse the Spaceballs reference, but I’m excited! With grunge and retro-inspired fall looks showing up the pages of our favorite glossies, as well as our new vintage stylebook, I have plaid on the brain.

Big plaid, bright plaid, intricate plaid this week’s Style Glossary definition is going to help you get to know this classic print beyond kilts and flannel shirts. We’re going to discuss three hot patterns so you can know your stuff once back-to-school shopping season starts.

Glen Plaid: Checks of all sizes (at least one small and one large) make up Glen plaid, named for a town in Scotland where this plaid got its name in the 1800s (although the name itself wasn’t adopted until 1926). Classy and sassy, once exclusively a tweed pattern, you now find Glen plaid gracing the collars, cords and cowls of many different types of fabrics. Sometimes nicknamed ‘the Plaid of Wales’ thanks in part to a very stylish Duke of Wales, our Darling Detective Coat can get the town talking about your own Glen Plaid ensembles.

Buffalo Plaid: Buffalo plaid is a large check pattern, generally consisting of two colors (although a recent comeback of this favorite has seen a kaleidoscope of hues). This pattern is said to have been invented in the 1850s by a plaid designer who found inspiration in a herd of buffalo he owned. This is why you most commonly see this check in red and black! Check out our Happy Days Shirt in Friday if you’d like to add this great-outdoors friendly print to your stylish arsenal.

Madras Plaid: Take one part random pattern, two parts summer barbecue, and whatever mix of colors you want, and Madras is the plaid you’d create. Mainly printed on light, airy fabric, this plaid often uses bright colors and a unique pool of designs making them perfect for any summer outing. The name comes from a region in southeastern India where this plaid got its start. Our Spun Sugar Skirt will have you falling madly in love with Madras in no time!

Are you plaid-clad, and if so, how do you like to wear this pattern?

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  1. Marisa 07/26/2010 at 9:32 pm #

    Love the coat.

  2. I V Y 07/27/2010 at 6:19 am #

    i am sherlock holmes and i think that these are lovely!
    ahaha that was so lame 😀

  3. Victoria 07/27/2010 at 11:36 am #

    That coat is darling!

  4. Vicki 07/27/2010 at 12:07 pm #

    I am loving the plaid!! it works for every season 🙂 x

  5. Tracy, The Wardrobe Wanderer 07/28/2010 at 12:37 pm #

    I love the plaid coat! big fan of the Sherlock Holmes look!

  6. Loni Carter 07/28/2010 at 2:52 pm #

    I am a huge fan of plaid. Love, love, love the coat and the skirt!!

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