The pattern of interlocking stripes called a tartan, which is often mistakenly referred as plaid, has its origins in the Scottish history decorating most of the original kilts, also known as “belted plaids“. Even though the term plaid is commonly used in fashion to describe a piece that is made of tartan design, Plaide derives from the Gaelic word for a blanket and is used in context of Highland dress to refer to a large length of material. In other words, the original Scottish kilts were called “belted plaids” as they were made of a length cloth-a large blanket in many cases- gathered and belted at the waist, however, as most of them were made of tartan pattern, the two terms were Mingled confusedly.
Even though I can still recall my favorite, red-black and white, tartan patterned, plaided dress which used to be a must-have item in a teenage-girl’s wardrobe in the early ’90s, the wooly weave of Scottish tartans tend to rule not only the fall collections of many famous designers like Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Westwood, Tory Burch and Ralph Lauren but also our everyday options. being easily mixed and matched to form the perfect outfit for every single ocassion.