Plaid pants. Tartan pants. Check pants. Depending on where you are, plaid pants can be called lots of different names. But a plaid pant by any other name would still look as sweet. Plaid pants are a classic look, but they are definitely having a moment right now — this on-trend pattern has been seen on runways all over the world lately. But checkered pants have a checkered past. Did you know that tartan was actually forbidden in Britain during the 18th century? Luckily, thanks to lumberjacks, Vivienne Westwood, Kurt Cobain, and the stars of Clueless, plaid has been revived again and again. This decade’s plaid moment has given us some of the best plaid pants we’ve seen in years (high waisted plaid pants being an Aritzia favourite). A matching check blazer and check pants is a bold move that we fully support. If you don’t want to go head-to-toe plaid, wear your plaid pants with a black turtleneck, a machine washable cashmere sweater, or a blouse.