Never trust a man who irons his plaid shirt – Anonymous
Plaid is one of the most ubiquitous patterns around. Actually, it is everywhere you care to look. I never really paid attention till about a month ago when I was out at the mall. I could have sworn to have seen at least 5 people in plaid shirts in the short time that I spent there.
By the intended Scottish definition, a ”plaid” was a Celtic kilt or blanket, which served as an outer layer to brave the elements. Plaid or Tartan as it was called (because of the material used) was literally forbidden in Britain during the 18th century. The fabric’s uniform association with the Scottish Rebellion of 1745 against the union of Scotland and England, resulted in a ban for almost 50 years under the Dress Act.
Eventually it became the choice of outdoorsmen like Lumberjacks and the more recently risen clan of Hipsters! Just take a look at what Hedi Slimane designed for Saint Laurent’s Fall 2014 line. So hard hitting, the way the plaids conveyed the devil-may-care attitude. And not to be ignored this winter.
I HAD to pick one up for my wardrobe and checked out a few brands but nothing came close. The shirt that caught my fancy was part of Nautica’s Fall Winter 2014 collection. Although I strolled in to check out their polo tees, I fell in love with the Plaid shirt they had on display. The bright spinnaker logo on the pocket is just perfectly subtle. Surprisingly, Nautica is a lot more diverse in their collection than sticking with the seaman/naval theme.
No matter the set up, Plaid will always be relevant. Be it with a pair of loose denims or crisp chinos.
This image set was the handiwork of my bud Jonathan Isacsson, who is an aspiring movie-maker and is currently dabbling in still photography.
We shot at my favorite Bistro, Eddies that is located in Bandra. I love the vibe at this place, the staff are excellent and the food delicious. And they have what the current generation expects of any respectable place “Free Wi-Fi”! But seriously, try out their Lamb Sliders and Ginger Punch, you will love it!
Let us know what you make of Plaid shirts. Would you wear it unbuttoned with a tee or rather all buttoned up to the neck? Or would you just wear it like any other shirt? We are eager to hear from you.
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