Intro to Flannel shirts

Shirts are always the most noticed piece of garment and also the one which will speak volumes about your personal style choice. There was a time when men preferred only printed shirts with bold color trousers, remember the era of 70s and 80s. Then by the 21st century, it just vanished, like smoke in the air. As the time flew, it was then our fashion king – Ranveer Singh, who brought back the fashion of patterns back to our industry. And now it has become as common as solid color shirts and can be worn as formals also. One of the most common shirts is Flannel, which is now highly praised by all age groups.  

Flannel is a woven fabric which was originally made from carded wool or worsted yarn, but now it is often made from either wool, cotton or synthetic fibres. If you want some organic stuff, then go for vegetable flannel, which is made from Scots pine fabric. The use of flannel plaid shirts was at its peak in the 1990s with popular grunge bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam using them as one of the trademarks of their shaggy look. 

The Flannel category has 3 patterns, namely Tartan, Plaid and Checks, which has only one thing in common, they comprised of horizontal and vertical stripes which intersect one another at 90 degree angles creating grid-like patterns. But what sever them is the alignment of these stripes.

1. Tartan

Tartan is a patterned cloth consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors where the different colors overlap, new colors are created. It is a beloved classic pattern that evokes feelings of tradition and nostalgia. Having similar resemblance like plaid, tartan is often mistakenly called "plaid". In tartan pattern, the pattern vertical stripes are same as the horizontal stripes. Even the band with and color repetitions are equal. Today tartan is no longer limited to textiles, but is used on mediums such as paper, plastics, packaging, and wall coverings

2. Plaid

Plaid referred to a specific type of garment worn by the Scottish to protect them from cold, harsh winters. It refers to the patterns inspired by traditional tartan designs, and the term tartan now refers to a type of plaid. The main difference between traditional tartans and plaids is the repetition of pattern. In terms of plaids, the pattern of the vertical stripe does not necessarily have to match the pattern of the horizontal stripe like the pattern of a tartan. Plaids have many variations in band width, repetitions and colors. 

3. Checks

Checks are derived from the oriental game of chess, which has two alternate colors. Checkered patterns are symmetrical, consisting of crossed horizontal and vertical lines that form equal sized squares. Each line is intersected by the same kind of line in equal intervals and widths. There are many different types of check patterns such as Gingham, Buffalo and Windowpane. 

So now I am sure that next time when you buy a flannel shirt, you may know which pattern is just made for you. A very classic and understandable quote:

"All tartans are plaids, but not all plaids are tartans." - Scott Meacham Wood, King of Tartan.

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