Happy Argyle Day!
Did you know Argyle Day was a thing? Well. It is. And it’s today, January 8th! National Argyle Day should, of course, be celebrated by the donning of all things argyle, and if you’re extremely dedicated to the cause, the making of all things argyle!
The argyle pattern first showed up on kilts and patterned socks, originating with the tartan of Clan Campbell, of Argyll in western Scotland. But Scottish Highlanders didn’t have a monopoly on the pattern, which became widely popular in Great Britain and then the USA after the first world war.
Since then, the argyle pattern has graced the calves of sports teams, become standard on sweaters and vests, used on everything from stationary to shoes, and it’s even become a popular design to paint on walls! The most unique form I’ve seen yet is the trend to paint your nails with an argyle pattern – this is just more than I have patience for, but wow, how far the argyle has come! From kitschy to classy and everything in between, there’s a place for argyle everywhere.