January 8, 2012 - Argyle Day

Today is the “classiest looking day ever”--time to slip on those argyle socks, sweaters, or vests.

Argyle pattern is made of overlapping diamonds. Because of the overlay of intercrossing diagonal lines on solid diamonds, the pattern has a 3-D or textured feel.

Argyle is a sort of plaid, and apparently it is derived from the tartan of Clan Campbell, from Argyll, Scotland. (You probably know that Scotland is part of Great Britain, which is part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. So make that: Argyle comes from Argyll, Scotland, Great Britain, United Kingdom. Whew!) The pattern was used for kilts, plaids (the garment, not the pattern), and high socks that were often called “tartan hose.”

Argyle became fashionable in England and the U.S. after the World War I. The pattern was identified with the Duke of Windsor, who used the pattern for golf clothing. Later, golfer Payne Stewart won the U.S. Open and PGA championship while wearing argyle socks. The pattern is still in use—on and off the golf course—today!

If you want more than just wearing argyle, you could try making an argyle cake...

Here are instructions for painting a wall argyle!

You could even paint your face with an argyle pattern for the day! 

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