National Argyle Day:
Celebrated on the 8th of January, this day rejoices the overlapping patterns of diamonds or lozenges, typically an overlay of diagonal lines on solid diamonds.
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Why National Argyle Day?
The design came into existence from the tartan of Clan Campbell, a clan from Argyll of Western Scotland. The traces of the design date back to the 17th century. It was a widely loved and used design among their kilts, plaids, sweaters and socks.
After the First World War, the pattern was glossed and popularized first in England and later in the United States of America because of the Duke of Windsor, who wore argyle very often while golfing. This lead to a flood of its use among manufacturers and designers. They were used for jerseys and socks and trousers. The design is linked to golf to this day, even though it is now used in multiple sports such as soccer, cycling, and basketball.
Later, argyle came to be universalized and became quite the trend among the working classes. It did not stop there, though- it made its way to all age groups, and further even to pets!
Around The 1980s, argyle became a classic among clothing but was not limited to it. It also made its way to blankets, pillows, wallpapers, lampshades, and all other kinds of hip home décor. As you can imagine, they were all the rage.
Payne Stewarts, PGA champion, was loved by all for his Knickerbocker and argyle socks, hence popularizing the beloved design even further.
Fashion designer Todd Oldhman adapted the design to skirts, maxi dresses, and knitwear, hence widening the market for the pattern.
Today, we celebrate this chic design for rather simple reasons. One, to thank the Scottish for gifting us with a neat, versatile design and two, just because. We celebrate this day because many people believe that argyle is a mind-blowing, over-the-top pattern and needs to be honored.
How Can We Observe National Argyle Day:
- Go argyle for a day. Get your coworkers, friends, or family to wear argyle for a day. Do your nails in the pattern, hell, even change your sheets to argyle.
- If you like to bake, this one’s for you! Bake a cake and pick a color combination. Go argyle with the cake decorations!
- The simplest way to celebrate is to incorporate argyle patterns into your own clothing, and if you’re feeling adventurous, don’t just stop at socks, go all the way! Post pictures of this using the #NationalArgyleDay and #ArgyleDay on all of your social media pages!
Interesting Facts on National Argyle Day:
Here are some facts about argyle for you to enjoy the day!
- When the Chaseabout Raid was ended, in all of Scotland, Archibald Campbell was the only one who rebelled against Mary, hence making the pattern a symbol of opposition and rebellion.
- The term argyle comes from the argyle diamond, a precious pink gemstone that is in the very shape we see on our socks and sweaters.
- Clothing with this pattern had another name back in the day, which was “tartan hose.”
- The technique used for creating argyle is called the “intarsia” technique, which is a technique that makes a pattern look like several pieces of a jigsaw puzzle have come together.
History of National Argyle Day:
While the National Argyle Day, founded by Keely McAleer, falls on 8 January, there are many other days to celebrate argyle. One of these was founded by Richard Fletcher, and it is not on the same date as the National Argyle Day but falls on March 9. When asked about his reasons, he simply said that he loved the pattern with all his heart and loved how it ranged from all prices to people to genders. There is not a registered official day for the holiday, but it is simply recognized.
Where it all began is a mystery, but the first recognizable National Argyle Day was in 2008. Of course, with so many argyle days running around, it is clear that they are supremely beloved. So, when to celebrate? That’s easy. If you love the way it feels, celebrate as many argyle days as you can find, because, why not? Nobody is stopping you, for, at the end of the day, we pretty much believe that argyle is awesome, chic, and lovable, and millions agree with us.