1. A wonderful boy’s plaid dress dating to 1864.

    A wonderful boy’s plaid dress dating to 1864.

  2. A very smart boy’s wool tartan suit from circa 1860.

    A very smart boy’s wool tartan suit from circa 1860.

  3. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s 1851 purchase and subsequent renovation of Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands caused a fad for plaid to sweep the fashion world. Fine tartans in wool and silk became the most desired fashion fabrics for all ages and styles of dress.
This girl’s silk dress dates to 1855. The deep “V” cut of the bodice imitates the heavily corseted waists of women’s fashion at the time.

    Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s 1851 purchase and subsequent renovation of Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands caused a fad for plaid to sweep the fashion world. Fine tartans in wool and silk became the most desired fashion fabrics for all ages and styles of dress.

    This girl’s silk dress dates to 1855. The deep “V” cut of the bodice imitates the heavily corseted waists of women’s fashion at the time.

  4. Vivid checks, stripes and plaids were the popular textile patterns for dresses in the late-1910s. This page of girls’ dresses is from the Spring 1919 Sears catalog.

    Vivid checks, stripes and plaids were the popular textile patterns for dresses in the late-1910s. This page of girls’ dresses is from the Spring 1919 Sears catalog.

  5. Bold colors and patterns were in style for dresses in the late-1910s. This page of girls’ dresses in from the Spring 1919 Sears catalog.

    Bold colors and patterns were in style for dresses in the late-1910s. This page of girls’ dresses in from the Spring 1919 Sears catalog.

  6. An adorable girl’s dress from the cover of the May 1919 issue of The Delineator magazine.

    An adorable girl’s dress from the cover of the May 1919 issue of The Delineator magazine.

  7. Bold plaids were considered especially fashionable in the late-1910s. This ad for Amory, Browne & co. fabrics ran in the April 1919 edition of The Delineator.

    Bold plaids were considered especially fashionable in the late-1910s. This ad for Amory, Browne & co. fabrics ran in the April 1919 edition of The Delineator.

  8. A wonderful variety of girls’ dresses from the Fall 1915 Sears catalog.

    A wonderful variety of girls’ dresses from the Fall 1915 Sears catalog.

  9. Suits and ties remained the everyday apparel of respectable young men of high school and college age until the early 1950s.
This variety of sport and leisure suits is from the Fall 1946 Sears catalog. I find the “nifty” plaid-sleeved leisure suit (second from left) particularly fabulous.

    Suits and ties remained the everyday apparel of respectable young men of high school and college age until the early 1950s.

    This variety of sport and leisure suits is from the Fall 1946 Sears catalog. I find the “nifty” plaid-sleeved leisure suit (second from left) particularly fabulous.

  10. A great plaid bathing suit dating from between 1955 and 1960.

    A great plaid bathing suit dating from between 1955 and 1960.