What makes plaid plaid?
Today most people consider any number of weaves to be 'plaids'.
Technically speaking neither of these shirts are plaid. Each shirt contains only two colors. These could probably be termed as gingham? Though when the 'G' word comes up we usually get this sort of image in our heads:
So, when does plaid become tartan?
tartan history here. Many families have their own tartans, as do groups, institutions and areas of the world. Like the Henderson tartan above. Or the PEI tartan below:
The Island tartan was created in 1960 by Mrs. Jean Reid of Covehead. The reddish-brown signifies the redness of the soil, the green represents the grass and trees, the white is for the caps on the waves, the yellow for the sun.
Now you know.
My award for best use of plaid in a season would have to go to Dolce and Gabbana for Fall/Winter 2008.