Whether you call it a "laird's plaid" or a "shoulder plaid" or a "day plaid," this very traditional form of plaid is both fashionable and functional. We have chosen the name "shepherd's plaid," as it was a very common garment among Highland shepherds of the nineteenth century.
This garment is approximately four yards in length and woven selvedge-to-selvedge approximately 29" wide, with a fringe on the two ends. It is made from a heavy weight (16oz) worsted wool, twill weave. It can be worn wrapped around the wearer in any number of styles, depending on the weather or activity, or your own personal tastes. It is not necessary that the plaid match the tartan of the kilt. Examples in contemporary illustrations often show a simple pattern such as the shepherd's check (seen at right) worn with any tartan. Often the plaid was a solid color. It is also permissible to wear a plaid in the same tartan as the kilt, but woven in a different color scheme. As these are woven to order, we can offer literally any (non-copyrighted) tartan, as well as provide reproductions of traditional eighteenth and early nineteenth century color ways, based on the dye recipes of early tartan weaving firm, Wilsons of Bannockburn. Each will have a distinctive border pattern on either end and a generous fringe.
If you desire your plaid to be in a shepherd's check, as pictured above, simply enter "shepherd's check" as the desired tartan. Standard coloration is black and white, but any two colors can be used. Just let us know what you want. Solid colors are also possible.