I hope you are having a great week so far.
Today I chose to talk about my favorite prints this season, TARTAN and PLAID.
Some call it Plaid, some call it Tartan. I just know that I have seen these two types of fabrics in abundance during this Fall and Winter season. And I am sure we will see them even more in the months to come. But what is the difference between tartan and plaid? Internet comes handy and a little research informed me that the correct way to call the pattern of the bag and shoes that I am wearing in these pictures, is tartan not plaid.
Here is a little explanation I found helpful.
Tartan is a criss cross cloth of horizontal and vertical lines that are in different colors. On the other hand a plaid is a pleated cloth that is put together with a kilt.
Tartans and plaids are historically associated with Scottish clans, particularly the Highlanders during the medieval period. While the terms “tartan” and “plaid” are interchangeable as fabric names in modern times, tartans signify a Scottish family’s clan, while plaids are now considered “blankets” or “cloaks” in Scotland that are worn as kilts.
In the United States, the word plaid is a generic word that describes checked patterns of all kinds. Here in the States, we generally use “plaid” to describe pretty much any such pattern, and “tartan” to describe a pattern with a specific Scottish symbolic meaning.
I am sure that even if we use these terms incorrectly, won’t be the end of the world, but I found this little explanation interesting.
I hope you did too.
Have you been a lot into tartan and plaids this season? and How have you styled it?
Let me know!
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