December 16 - Wear a Holiday Plaid!

This fall and winter we are big on plaids with the color red and you truly are seeing plaids everywhere! Yet, whatever the year, red plaid for the holidays seems to be a perennial favorite!

We love how plaids have different names.  Our big red and black check is commonly known as “Buffalo Plaid” in the U.S.  In Scotland the plaid is known as “Rob Roy” after a folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor.  We have a designer at a mill in Pennsylvania, who owned a herd of Buffalo to thank for the nickname! Our other favorite plaid is the blue and black plaid commonly called “Black watch”. Also known as the “Government Tartan”, it was worn by a group of British regiments whose mission it was to disarm the Scottish Highlanders and hinder rebels!

Although it wasn’t always so, these plaids, or “tartans” as they are called, often represent different clans – or families.  In fact, at one point, the British government even outlawed the wearing of clan tartans! Today the British Royal family has even adopted its own – The Royal Steward Tartan – think of that primarily red one you see with green and blue in it – perfect for the holidays!

A simple plaid skirt paired with a turtleneck and a pair of tights is a simple clean, yet festive look for casual get-togethers.  Add a heel, throw on some pearls and you’re all dressed up! Plaid dresses or pants also just appear right during the holidays!  So show your family spirit and wear some plaid!