My all-time favorite pattern for shirt fabrics is plaid. It’s been so for several decades. It doesn’t matter what color combinations or particular line width or configuration. Plaid is just a comfort thing. If plaid is combined with flannel, you can bet that I’ll become very attached to the shirt.
So the other day, Jorge and I were enjoying coffee at the downtown Norfolk, Nebraska coffee shop. Two tables away, a couple of young women were loudly gossiping. My friend and I tried our best to ignore their voices but it was nearly impossible not to overhear them. Then, one of the loud talkers said that plaid flannel shirts are so unfashionable. Her companion agreed, and said they should be outlawed. They continued saying terrible things about plaid shirts. One of them referred to us.
I reflexively turned my head towards the young women and saw that they were looking directly at Jorge and me. It just so happened that Jorge was wearing an expensive brown and light tan Carhartt plaid flannel long-sleeved shirt. I was donning a low-key dark and light green Orvis plaid flannel long-sleeved shirt.
When I returned my attention to Jorge, I noticed he was still glaring at the young women. Finally, Jorge explained loudly, that his shirt was a special gift to him from his elderly mother and that he took the insulting comments about our shirts personally.
I was shocked by Jorge’s reaction because it seemed so very uncharacteristic of him. He explained that he was often picked on when he was a young boy because of his clothing. His poor loving mother bought him the nicest clothes she could afford. So he learned to stand up for himself and his mama when bullies picked on him.
Jorge paused, and glanced at the young women and quietly said, “I think those two are female bullies.” The comment caused both my friend and me to enjoy hearty belly-laughs. Our laughter arrested the awkward situation, and we were able to resume our previous conversation.
Later, I pondered the strange insults and wondered why the young women felt the desire to loudly comment about plaid flannel shirts. Both of the garments in question are conservatively designed with a traditional cut in very good taste. The colors are muted and the plaid prints are not garish. Both shirts had been purchased brand-new late last year so they weren’t outdated either. I suppose some people just don’t like plaid.
I sort of feel sorry for the women because they must get triggered by plaid shirts quite often. During the cooler seasons of the year, plaid flannel shirts are quite popular garments because of their comfort and classic good looks. In the warmer months, lighter fabric shirts often sport some sort of plaid design theme, too. These tops are popular with both men and women because they just look so nice and comfortable.
Maybe the young women visit too many fashion sites on the Web that are authored by plaid-hating “experts”. It’s difficult to say for sure.
All I know is that my plaid-wearing friend and I will probably enjoy plaid shirts for the rest of our lives.