Black Watch is the ironclad tartan plaid pattern that elevates men’s coordination. Introducing the surprisingly unknown history and recommended items.


Black Watch is the ironclad tartan plaid pattern that elevates men's coordination. Introducing the surprisingly unknown history and recommended items.

Even for men who love clothes, there are a surprisingly large number of fashion terms that they “have a vague understanding of, but do not grasp the exact meaning of. This issue of “Fashion Terms You Can’t Ask About Now” will focus on “Black Watch” this time. This time, we focus on “Black Watch. Black Watch” is a traditional tartan plaid pattern worn by the 42nd Highland Regiment, known as the “Black Watch,” which was so popular with the British military at the time. This pattern was also used for military purposes, and it will naturally produce a masculine mood if you incorporate it into your coordinate. Recommended outfits, items, and history!

Black Watch is a tartan plaid pattern suitable for cool men with the meaning of “black watchman”.

Black watch is a tartan check with green and black lines on a blue base. In Japan, it is often mistranslated as a black watch, but it was used as a nickname for an independent group of Highlanders who monitored the movements of the Jacobites, a common name for counter-revolutionary forces during the Honorary Revolution of 1688 in England, and thus “black watch” was the correct meaning. The tartan check pattern is a prominent color scheme. The name is said to have been given to the tartan they wore because the tartan they wore at the time was quite dark in tone and looked black, while most tartan plaid patterns have a prominent color scheme.

Later, the Black Watch pattern was used for military purposes. After the Jacobite affair, the Black Watch Highlander soldiers were greatly valued for their fighting ability and were adopted by the British army in 1725; in 1739, the Highland Regiment was formed, and the Black Watch became the nickname of the 42nd Regiment.

Black Watch is a traditional pattern that was allowed to be worn even when tartan was banned!

After the Battle of Caroden Moor in 1745, in which the Jacobites challenged and defeated the government forces, the government banned the wearing of tartan, which had a strong relationship with the clans, as one of the measures to weaken the power of the clans. This resulted in the loss of many old patterns, but the Black Watch for military use was allowed to be worn and is still carried on today. Incidentally, the image below shows the monument to the Black Watch regiment erected in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland.

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On the next page, we will introduce men’s coordinates incorporating the Black Watch pattern by item!

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