Can we play a word association game? Plaid – tartan – kilt – skirt!!! A plaid skirt is the ultimate homage to the roots of this current fashion phenomenon. I won’t bore you with historic details (you can read the history here) but I hope most of us know that the word plaid is the commonly used term in North America for the textile pattern (another one is flannel) but the word used in Scotland where it originated is tartan. The cloth in that pattern (associated with different regions or clans in Scotland) could be used to drape over shoulders, as a blanket, or as the ever so famous skirt worn by men – the kilt.
So apropos, here I am wearing a couple of my kilts!
I especially like this one from Anthropologie from a couple of years ago. It is a wool skirt with that wonderful fun ruche detail. I also reminds me of a wool skirt from the 1900’s – imagine it with a short brown peplum coat.
And then there’s this mini version which i find more reminiscent of the Scottish kilt because of its shape.
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