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服装潮流:重回格子装

2014-07-11    来源:chinadaily    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

Plaid’s comeback

格子一直是时装中的经典元素,发展到今天,格子元素也有很多种风格,不论是清纯学院风还是朋克摇滚风,不论是衬衫、裙子或裤子,都能穿出不同的风采。不论何种款式,格子装总能让你在人海里被人一眼认出。其实许多欧美明星大腕对格子装也是情有独钟。

In fall of 2013, the marriage of musician mogul Pharrell Williams and model/designer Helen Lasichanh made quite a stir. For the event, the groom donned a red plaid tuxedo and the bride chose to wear a navy plaid dress. This choice of clothing might be a bit unconventional, but it correlated with (or possibly has starts) a new fashion trend. Plaid has made a comeback, and many people are eager to jump on the bandwagon.

It seems that this fall, stars have gone mad for plaid. A slew of celebrities have been seen wearing this trendy pattern. Late September, pop singer Katy Perry wore a plaid jacket and skirt, reminiscent of the 90’s school girl, when she made an appearance for her new fragrance. She has also been seen wearing the pattern countless other times this season. Early October, singer Kelly Clarkson was spotted wearing a red plaid dress during her visit to New York City to promote her new Christmas album. Plaid is also a favorite of actress/dancer Julianne Hough, who stepped out in a plaid flannel shirt, skinny jeans, and a black bomber jacket.

Thinking about plaid brings a number of different images to mind. Some might think about the Scottish Highlands, others might imagine preppy school girls in boarding school, still others might think of edgy, punk rockers, or even lumberjacks. Plaid is ubiquitous ; you can see it anywhere and everywhere.

The pattern actually has a very interesting history. Plaid arrived in Scotland in the 16th century and since then has become a prominent part of Scottish culture. In fact, the word “plaid” is actually derived from the old Gaelic word plaide , which means blanket. Certain patterns became associated with different parts of the Highlands and individual families began to associate themselves with different patterns. To this day, plaid (or tartan as it is called outside of the United States) is still a celebrated part of Scottish history.


In America, the rise and fall of plaid can be seen throughout the years. Perhaps the most popular form of plaid is the flannel shirt. Flannel is a soft fabric woven out of wool or worsted yarn. Somehow, over the ages flannel shirts began to be printed with plaid, and they have been inseparable ever since. In popular culture, lumberjacks are always pictured with a long-sleeved plaid flannel shirt and suspenders , possibly because many early lumberjacks wore flannel for its warmth. Flannel shirts are also associated with Southerners, as the style was very popular with farmers in the American South.

In the later part of the 20th century, plaid became associated with a number of different groups. Plaid became an important aspect of prep fashion as they began to branch out into more colorful clothing (Note: Prep traditionally describes a person born of wealth who is associated with the prestigious schools of the American Northeast). However, plaid was also important in the punk rock movement, with many wearing plaid skirts or pants to imitate the style of their British counterparts. And, who can forget the contribution of plaid to nerd culture? The stereotypical nerd wears thick glasses, suspenders, and a short-sleeved plaid shirt with a pocket protector. Despite all the different ideology, cultural values, and fashion sense, plaid seems to have worked its way into all social groups. Perhaps the versatility of plaid is what has led to its recent comeback.


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