Plaid’s Checkered Past: An Infographic

Since we’re heading towards the forefront of fall, it’s prime time to consider the classic, tried-and-true styles that have become synonymous with the season. There’s nothing that goes better with crisp air, changing leaves, and hot cocoa like the perfect plaid button-up top, blazer, or skirt. At ModCloth, we’ve got plenty of plaid styles for an awesome autumn wardrobe.

We crafted this infographic as a guide to many of the different types of plaid, where they originated, and a few of their iconic moments. Find out how these popular patterns took shape…

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We found way more info than we could fit on one infographic, so check out more rad plaid facts below:

Plaid by the Numbers:

  • 7,000: The approximate number of tartan patterns registered by the Scottish Tartans Authority.
  • 1746: The Act of Proscription banned the wearing of tartans for nearly 40 years.
  • July 1: International Tartan Day, marking the anniversary of the act’s repeal.
  • 1861: The world’s first color photograph was taken, depicting a tartan ribbon.
  • 1924: Pendleton creates the first mass-produced plaid shirt in the USA, popularizing plaid & flannel.
  • 1960s: The Beach Boys were originally called the Pendletones, and they sported Pendleton plaid shirts over tees and khakis. They made the look synonymous with surf style.
  • 1970s: Punks begin reappropriating tartan patterns to rebel against the established rulers of British society & as a “protest to fashion.”
  • 1993: Vivienne Westwood releases her “Anglomania” collection featuring tartan patterns. Her signature look has relied heavily on it ever since.
  • 1990s: The flannel becomes an iconic fashion trend for grunge counterculture.
  • Today: Plaid remains both a multicultural classic & a rebellious statement maker.

+Are you ‘plaid’ to the bone? Shop for your perfect pattern right here at ModCloth.

About Cindy

Pun intended. Cindy loves dreaming up witty quips and groan-worthy wordplay. In fact, you could say this girl just wants to have puns. As an avid fan of the written word and a librarian at heart, she also loves used bookstores, especially ones that harbor cats. A lover of all things old, she takes every opportunity to nerd out on nostalgia.

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1 Comment

  1. Robin 09/14/2016 at 2:59 pm #

    This was really interesting! I’d love to see more of these types of articles alongside other fashion elements.

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