Time to play the plaid game 

 Time to play the plaid game 
With designers bringing the plaid again into the limelight of menswear you should definitively own one or two shirts to show how the game of plaid is done.
Tartan or (plaid) is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours. Tartans originated in woven wool, but now they are made in many other materials. Tartan is particularly associated with Scotland. Scottish kilts almost always have tartan patterns.
Tartan is often called plaid in North America, but in Scotland, a plaid is a tartan cloth slung over the shoulder as a kilt accessory, or a plain ordinary blanket such as one would have on a bed.

In the Victorian and Edwardian eras, tartan-clad garments featured in fashion catalogues. By then, tartan had shifted from being mainly a component of men’s clothing to become an important part of women’s fashion. In consequence of its association with the British aristocracy and military, tartan developed an air of dignity and exclusivity.
Because of this, tartan has made reappearances in the world of fashion several times. For instance, tartan made a resurgence in its use in punk fashion. In the late 1970s, punk music was a way for youth in the British Isles to voice their discontent with the ruling class.
Contrast shirt by Lanvin. – Available at Luisa World Kolonaki.

 Time to play the plaid game 

Blue and burgundy cashmere shirt by Missoni. – Available at Luisa World Kolonaki.

The unorthodox use of tartan, which had long been associated with authority and gentility, was then seen as the expression of discontent against modern society. In this way tartan, worn unconventionally, became an anti-establishment symbol.
Yet, there is now way to own the plaid game without knowing what plaid is all about. Following is a glossary of terms for the pattern which rules menswear since the 17th century or so.

 Time to play the plaid game 

Brown cotton shirt by Givenchy. – Available at Luisa World Kolonaki.

Glen plaid

Short for Glen Urquhart plaid or Glenurquhart check glen plaid is a woollen fabric with a woven twill design of small and large checks.[1] It is usually made of black/grey and white, or with more muted colours, particularly with two dark and two light stripes alternate with four dark and four light stripes which creates a crossing pattern of irregular checks.[2] Glen plaid as a woven pattern may be extended to cotton shirting and other non-woollen fabrics.


Also known as hounds tooth check or hound’s tooth (and similar spellings), also known as dogstooth, dogtooth, dog’s tooth, or pied-de-poule, is a duotone textile pattern characterized by broken checks or abstract four-pointed shapes, often in black and white, although other colours are used. The classic houndstooth pattern is an example of a tessellation.
A smaller-scale version of the pattern can be referred to as puppytooth.


Gingham is a medium-weight balanced plain-woven fabric made from dyed cotton or cotton-blend yarn. It is made of carded, medium or fine yarns, where the colouring is on the warp yarns and always along the grain (weft). Gingham has no right or wrong side with respect to color.

 Time to play the plaid game 

Hooded shirt by Givenchy. – Available at Luisa World Kolonaki.