Editor trend report
by Daina Reed
I think the moment I knew for sure the checked/plaid/flannel/tomboy shirt was going to be huge was when Madewell released their lookbook ‘Wildly Simple’ featuring Caroline De Maigret, a French music producer/model. Yeah, I already want to be her.
Flash forward and all I see on the streets is a sea of plaid, even on the waitstaff as I enter this very cafe to write this post. So I wonder: is everyone including myself just following what’s cool? The answer I think, is that this shirt has ALWAYS been classic, and everyone’s been wearing them for years. This is the universal shirt that unites all identities: Scottish, Americana, small towns, blue collar, punk, grunge, hipster, young or old- these shirts represent a symbolic meaning we can relate to and pay homage to worn by everyone from wageworkers to celebrities.
Street style bloggers showing off their plaid
The origins of Plaid
Whether stylish or not, plaid flannel shirts have a history of culture, rebellion and war. The first flannel is accredited to Hamilton Carhartt, a businessman who produced functional clothing for railway engineers. Even more interesting- the plaid fabric was banned for 37 years as it was a symbol of Scottish rebels of the 17th century (source: Vancouver Observer)
These days we can get our plaid not just in flannel but in sheer, silk, cotton blends and more, to achieve any style from casual to professional to dressed up!