Crossed Lines...The Chatwal Hotel, New York City
Over 400 years ago, a criss-crossed multi colored print known as plaid or tartan has had deep roots with English and Scottish heritage. In England, the print was traditionally worn by the British military so naturally plaid was associated with dignity, class, and exclusivity. By the 1960s the print became popular among outdoors men or lumber jack. By1970's plaid made it's way in the punk fashion scene becoming an expression of discontentment with authorities.
In modern times, the print can be worn elegantly with a suit, dressed down with jeans for a lumber jack look, or edgy with leather pieces. However you style, fall and winter marks the officially season to wear plaid. The American brand, Banana Republic asked me a simple yet interesting question, how do I fit plaid into my lifestyle? Well I wear the print so much that it's second nature. But dispute how much I fancy the print finding the right type of plaid could be challenging. This season Banana Republic introduced a "Plaid Shop" including black watch trousers, tailored shirts and accessories to name a few. The shirt featured in the images above was my favorite in the whole shop because it was be worn dressy or casually. I recommend stopping by the plaid shop and seeing the full range.