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The plaid

prince of wales
Plaid, or Prince of Wales, named after the man who introduced it to high society (who later became famous as the Duke of Windsor) is a cousin of the tartan and the check, far more belonging to the 20th century than the former, and much more refined than the latter.

It is a mixture of a simple checkered pattern with regular intervals of small houndstooth. Sometimes thin threads of color are woven through the fabric. The basic color is – most of the times – a simple shade of grey, brown, black or blue. Glen plaid, as it is also called, could be worn with any physique, and also not very difficult to match with a shirt and tie. It was meant to be a country wear for British aristocrats, and although today anybody can wear a suit with this pattern its royal feel still endures.

Picture: The glen’s seriousness renders minor questionable choices of accessories forgettable.