Updated: Jul 4, 2020
Plaid has been around for a very long time, in fact, it dates back to the 16th century. It is an appropriation of the Scottish tartan.
In the 1990s, plaid became mainstream by music and pop culture where it was associated with the rebellion movement, because it had been banned in Britain up until the 1800s but only gained traction in the 90s.
Many thought that this controversial print would go out of fashion, but it has proven itself as a fashion staple by its longevity and versatility in the industry.
A few great things about plaid are that it can be worn all year round, it is easy to work with, it is unisex, it can be styled in many different ways, it can easily be paired with other fabrics such as denim to create fusion looks and it can be found in numerous colours.
It is no surprise that plaid prints are currently trending globally as seen by numerous designers like Christian Dior in the spring/summer 2019 fashion weeks as well as other runway shows. With a plethora of styles and designs for all ages, shapes and sizes, plaid remains a dominant feature in the fashion industry.