Today tartan is mostly associated with Scotland, however the earliest evidence of tartan is found from the British Isles. Tartan is not thought to have existed in Scotland before the 16th century. By the late 16th century there are numerous references to striped or checked plaids but it is not until the late 17th or early 18th century that any kind of uniformity in tartan is thought to have occurred.
The popularity of tartan was greatly increased by the Royal Visit of George IV to Edinburgh in 1822. Following the Royal visit several books which documented tartans added to the craze.
Tartan is a pattern that consists of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours. Originally tartan was woven in wool but is now made in many other materials. Depending upon how “different tartan” is defined it has been estimated that there are about 3500 to 7000 different tartans, with around 150 new designs being created every year. Tartan shirts and checked prints are very present in this season. We have picked out our 3 favourites to help you choose yours.
This Fred Perry long sleeved Cameron Tartan shirt is overall woven tartan check design in blue, orange, white and black. On the left of the chest is a contrasting dark carbon navy woven panel which features the signature embroider Fred Perry laurel wreath logo in dark carbon navy. This shirt is 100% cotton and is part of the new range of high fashion Fred Perry shirts.
If you prefer a darker colored shirt this Barbour Tartan check long sleeved shirt in green is perfect for you. The shirt features a button opening with a buttoned down shirt collar and adjustable button fastening cuffs. A pouch pocket is placed on the left chest also with button fastening. The signature woven Barbour pinch tag is in the left side seam in light brown and black. Again this shirt is 100 % cotton and part of the fabulous quality Barbour shirts that are available.
This Lyle and Scott tartan check twill shirt in admiral blue is perfect for those dressier occasions. A full front grey branded button opening with a button down shirt collar and button fastening cuffs on the long sleeves. The pouch pocket on the left side of the chest features the signature embroidered Lyle and Scott golden eagle logo badge.