Saturday, October 30, 2010

Blackwatch Trend Watch

I have been seeing Blackwatch EVERYTHING lately.  Sport coats, jackets, pants, shirts, bags, name it.  Plaid is back and Blackwatch is leading the way.

The Style Guy
I believe this picture is where the trend started.  Glenn O'Brien wearing his Blackwatch mack.  This picture was taken a few years ago, I'm not exactly sure when, so it's interesting that one person can start a whole trend of companies making clothing with the Blackwatch tartan.  {If you don't think that this picture started the Blackwatch trend, then I would like to know your theory.}
Blackwatch Tartan PVC Tablecloth Click image for a larger view
Just because

Bean Value.  Last Christmas I knew Blackwatch was going going to be a trend {it's not hard to see}, so I got my father a Blackwatch flannel shirt from L.L. Bean.

  Well what do you know, Blackwatch blew up and my father got in on the ground floor {thanks to me}.  But my father has some style himself and I know a lot of guys get some their style from their father, it's only natural.

  Another point is people sporting trends without knowing it.  I think it's hilarious when I see someone wearing something that's popular right now, but has no idea.  My father bought a Filson vest last Autumn and wears it on the regular.  But he doesn't know that Americana/heritage stuff is back.  He just wears it.  You see a lot of old folks wearing things that are in style right now and I love it.  If they only knew.

  Interestingly enough, my family tartan, the clan Keith tartan, is very similar to the Backwatch pattern.  Turns out that my family has been trending for centuries.  I would suggest, that if you are of Scottish decent and your family has a tartan, to wear something with that before jumping on the Blackwatch trend.  You can start with a tie and work your way up from there.  If your family doesn't have a tartan, there are other options, you don't have to be a slave to fashion.

Keith Modern Tartan
Black Watch Large Check Tartan

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