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Did you know that plaid and tartan aren’t the same thing? You’d think they would be, since to most of us, they look like the same thing, but tartan is actually the correct word for the specific pattern favored by loggers, hipsters, and Highland clansman alike; plaid (or “plaide”) refers to the actual blanket or outer layer that kept the Scots toasty during harsh weather. Though the terms are basically interchangeable nowadays, it’s worth noting that while all tartans are plaids, not all plaids (simple checked patterns like Buffalo Plaid, for example) are tartans!
Here’s some more fun facts that’ll blow your wee mind: A group of archaeologists inspecting an ancient Chinese cemetery in 1978 uncovered the mummified body of a Celtic male wearing a red twill tunic and a pair of tartan leggings. Experts estimate the Caucasian male—later dubbed the Cherchen Man—died around 1000 BCE. Which means that crosshatch pattern was already cool way back when ancient crews ran this turf! And in 16th Century Scotland, wearing tartan was a way to show regional pride…it was literally like wearing the ball cap of your favorite sports team today. It started out of simple necessity – the local weaver couldn’t reproduce a variety of patterns because that would be costly (and annoying), so a standard pattern using the colors easily available was used for everyone in the immediate area. Then, as trade increased, people started wearing their local tartans when they traveled as a point of pride. Cool, yeah?
But not as cool as this Scotty Hotty Women’s Scottish Costume! Even if there’s not a single Scottish twig on your family tree, you can still look like a lass who knows how to dance the Highland Fling with the best of ’em! The sleeveless dress has a back zipper, velour bodice, plaid skirt, and interlock front inset, and comes with interlock sleeve puffs that have elastic in each edge (so they’ll stay where you put ‘em) and a cute plaid bow at the bottom edge. The costume even comes with a black tam hat (complete with requisite pompom – we’ll save the fun historical facts on that for another time!) and plaid stocking bows that you can attach to the stockings or tights of your choice. Add a pair of shiny black heels you can jig in, and you’ll be ready for adventure…so as the Scots say, Heid doon arse up(get on with it)!