“The Royal” glen plaid becomes a must-have in Fall 2017

“The Royal” glen plaid becomes a must-have in Fall 2017

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“The Royal” glen plaid becomes a must-have in Fall 2017

Glen plaid, also famously known as the check of Prince of Wales, became the classy issue of this years’ autumn wardrobe must-have.

The print itself has an interesting backstory, which throws us back to the early 19th century, where it was first developed as Scotland’s Seafield estate’s signature tweed by Countess of Seafield. Her solution to outfit her gamekeepers this way, caught an eye of Prince of Wales, Edward V11, oldest son of Queen Victoria, who later after his own variations and improvisation on the look of the print and hence the distinctive name.

Originally the look of the pattern was consisting of black, grey and white colours or more muted shades of these three. The magic formula of so-called royal pattern was two dark and two light stripes alternating with four dark and four light stripes, which combined created a crossing of irregular check. Ironically, the irregular combination of the stripes is perceived to be one of the most reserved and formal solutions for the look of the classic man until nowadays.

However, the pattern itself became more popular and famous after it was worn by Prince of Wales, known as Duke of Windsor, who’s sense of style and fashion are believed to be legendary. In addition to that, the Prince of Wales check reached the big screens in 20th and was worn by actors starting from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig in “James Bond” movies and reached its spotlight among the outfits of successful men.

The golden classics of this pattern reached the catwalk of this year’s Haute Couture – Autumn 2017 and was adapted for a classic everyday “relaxed elegance” outfit solution. The refreshed and renewed Prince of Wales check was variated and improvised by Stella McCartney, Maison Margiela and some variations on the pattern were used in Balenciaga’s 2017 catwalk pieces.