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A Defined Meaning and Heritage of The Glen Check

Posted on May 27 2016

Hello Gents! We've gotten tons of questions on what a glen check/plaid is and what it looks like. Below is a bolt of fabric laid out so you can see up close. Also, I added the heritage of the pattern and how to wear it. If you would like to see more variations of the glen check, then let us know! Enjoy! 

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Traditional Glen Check

Traditional Glen Check 

A glen check suit is appropriate for any demographic and just about for any occasion. It's a patterned style that can be worn both sporty and formal in the look. It's name derived from the the Scottish heritage and characterized by a crossing of two-and-two with hound's tooth which is know as 'Glen Urquahart'. The Scottish used this design method to make plaid patterns. It was popularized by the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, in the mid 1920's. It later became known as the glen plaid or glen check. 

The glen check fabric is a yarn that usually consists of black and white threads, although often it has intersections of brown or green fibers. There are also versions in beige and other colors. This material was also used to make suits intended exclusively for rural country wear especially during the send half of last century. 

Most people seem to think that Edward VIII invented the fabric particularly since his grandfather Edward VII was often pictured on country hikes or in a hunting party wearing a Glen Plaid outfit with a full ulster overcoat of the same material. 

Today's current trends in sartorial menswear have embraced the glen plaid and many mills offer it in different varieties of colors. As seen above, this pairing is brushed with brown and is dress more formal in the look with a tie. However, if he wanted to, this could easily be worn with tobacco brown jeans or cotton chino styled pants and worn without a tie to be more casual elegant. 



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