What Are You (Really) Wearing? Getting To Know Tattersall & Gingham

What are you really wearing - men's prints

Plaids come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s important to know which patterns are on-trend. For a classic spring look, guys can’t go wrong with a good tattersall or gingham shirt – but if you’re wondering what exactly these patterns are (or the difference between them), you’re not alone.

Taking its name from our friends across the pond, this graph check can be traced back to the Tattersalls horse market, where tattersall-splashed woven blankets adorned horses up for auction as early as 1766. It has since become the traditional print of English horseback riders and preps alike.

First imported from Malaysia by the Dutch, this classic checked pattern – rooted in the Malay word genggang, or “striped” – was introduced to England in the 17th century. From there the solid-and-white check textile was mass-produced on everything from tops to table linens.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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