Not only the story of fairy tale that has the happily ever after ending, we believe that tartan (or plaid), polkadot, houndstooth, and argyle still going to be the “it” pattern every now and then. Let’s look at the journey of these patterns…
Tartan (or Plaid)
Tartan is a legacy of the history of Scotland since the 16th century, which has become the identity of the state. In those days, tartan belong to the luxury fashion items and not everyone can wear them. In fact, the size the horizontal and vertical lines as well as different colors symbolizes the social status. At the beginning, the pattern was only worn by men or the Scottish Highlanders to distinguish between family clans. However, since Queen Victoria visited Scotland and was wearing a tartan for her activities there, tartan eventually became popular among women and an inspiration to many designers in their collections. These days the mixture colors are not only red, black, and dark green, but with a lot more varieties.
Celebrities in Tartan
171252 Dress by Jovani Evening , 6587 Plaid Taffeta Dress by Alyce Prom
33051 Dress by Carmen Marc Valvo, 33101 Dress by Carmen Marc Valvo
Who does not know this lovely pattern? Although it has been known since ages ago, the origin of this pattern remains a mystery. Some events was expected as the birth of polkadot, such as the polka dance in America brought by an immigrant from Eastern Europe, polkadot on Minnie Mouse’s outfit is iconic and is becoming increasingly popular thanks to the song “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini ‘”.
Celebrities in polkadot
91017 Chiffon Dress – Paparazzi by Mori Lee
As the name implies, it resembles a form of the dog’s teeth pattern. Again, this pattern is also from Scotland. Although it is usually synonymous with black and white, a combination of two other contrasting colors can also be used. At first, it was made of woven wool houndstooth, but nowadays, this pattern is produced by using various materials.
Houndstooth has several times become a trend, especially in the 1930′s, 1970′s and early 2000. In the 1950′s, it became the most popular pattern among men and enlivened the runway in 2008 with a collection of Marc Jacobs and in 2009 with a collection of Alexander McQueen. Even today we can also find houndstooth on some accessories such as shoes, scarves and clutch.
Celebrities in Houndstooth
Socks and sweaters are the two items are identical fashion with this pattern. Argyle is a pattern that resembles a diamond or rhombus shape in layers. The origin of this pattern is quite mysterious. Based on the story, Argyle was born from a group of men who live in the western region of Scotland called Argyll. There, they cut their tartan cloth to cover their feet and the pieces formed Argyle pattern, that was how socks with this pattern created for the first time.
Argyle is one of the pattern which have become the hallmark of the high end brand, Pringle of Scotland. According to the rumors, this brand was the pioneer of Argyle patterned sweaters in the 1920′s. In America, this pattern was starting to become a fashion trend when the label owner of Brooks Brothers took home Argyle patterned piece of cloth and began to produce from 1949 until now. Argyle’s popularity even more uphill when the teens and adults wear it to look preppy.
Argyle on the runway