Premium Flannel Unisex Shirt
Premium Flannel Unisex Shirt – too good to wear to work – keep this one nice for Friday Nights
Snap buttons with a little bit of stretch and this 7XL is bigger than most – so check the size chart
FABRIC 170gsm – 60% Cotton, 40% Polyester Brushed Yarn Dyed Plaid.
• Double brushed fabric
• Soft touch
• Mechanical stretch
• Snap button front closure
• Chest pocket and cuffs with snap button closure
• Bias full yolk back panel
• Easy fit
• Machine washable
• UPF 50+
In honor of the beloved stain-hiding fashion chameleon that is the plaid flannel shirt, we present a brief story of its origins and progression.
Mummies found in central Asia and thought to be laid to rest around 2000 b.c. were discovered with cloth woven with multiple colors and complex patterns—proof that plaid was around long before even William Wallace.
In the early days of plaid in Scotland, cloth was hand woven and the colors came from local plant dyes. People bought cloth from their local weaver, who produced a limited number of patterns and colors, unique to the locale. This led to regions and clans being associated with specific local colors and patterns even as people began to travel and trade more.
When Scottish forces rose to try to claim the British throne In the 1700s, they wore a dark blue and green tartan called Black Watch. When the uprising was quashed at the Battle of Culloden, Britain outlawed the “highland dress” of the Scottish rebellion—literally banning the plaid symbolic of the uprising. It was punishable by six months of imprisonment on the first offense—on the second offense by being “transported to any of His Majesty’s plantations beyond the seas, there to remain for the space of seven years.”
There are competing stories about the origins of the buffalo plaid in the United States, but most point toward Scottish immigration. One centers on a Scottish trader in Montana named Jock McCluskey (reportedly a descendent of the Scottish outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor), who exchanged his home tartan for buffalo from Native Americans in the mid-1800s.
In 1850, Woolrich introduced a buffalo check wool shirt, and in 1925 marketed the “Pennsylvania Tuxedo”—a matching red and black plaid suit. Pendleton Mills brought colorful plaids to the masses with its 1924 introduction of wool plaid shirts for men, which were a hit. They finally followed up with a women’s version—the “49er”—in 1949.
The ’80s saw plaid shirts paired with safety pins and torn t-shirts as well as cutoff “daisy dukes.” The same decade that launched “The Official Preppy Handbook” with tongue firmly in cheek also saw Ralph Lauren’s decidedly wholesome “Prairie Collection,” hearkening to—how shall we say it … cozier?— times on the frontier.
On the grunge look, a founder of Sub Pop Records told the New York Times: “”It wasn’t like somebody said, ‘Let’s all dress like lumberjacks and start Seattle chic!’ This stuff is cheap, it’s durable, and it’s kind of timeless.”
For the 2010 Olympic Games, Burton designed the uniforms for the U.S. Snowboarding Team featuring pants that looked like ripped jeans and jackets that looked like plaid shirts. While the plaid looked more preppy than grungy, the ripped jeans style drew criticism to the uniform for appearing too casual. Even the X Games blog questioned how the look would be received—but concluded, “here you have it—the anti-uniform, coming at you …”
America may have been “plaided out” for a few years following the grunge era. Aside from its appearance at the Olympics and its consistent use in the hardcore outdoor world, it seemed to fade from the spotlight. Until … the rise of the hipster.