Pattern Focused: Argyle

A knowledge and understanding of a pattern is essential to properly pick and choose a garment and/or accessory, yet often times we just don’t have a clue. That leads us to a very unsung and beguiled pattern, Argyle. The argyle pattern is made of diamonds in a diagonal checkerboard arrangement. The argyle pattern is derived from the tartan of Clan Campbell, of Argyll in western Scotland, used for kilts and plaids, and from the patterned socks worn by Scottish Highlanders since at least the 17th century. These were generally known as “tartan hose”.

The word argyle itself is sometimes used to refer to an individual diamond in the design but more commonly refers to the overall pattern. Most argyle layouts contain layers of overlapping motifs, adding a sense of three-dimensionality, movement, and texture. Typically, there is an overlay of intercrossing diagonal lines on solid diamonds. While typically only associated with socks and sweaters, argyle can now be seen in a plethora of wardrobe items. Take a look at the different ways that argyle is being used.



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