Check out this plaid. Isnt it rad? This checkered pattern is recognized as part of traditional Scottish Highland dress. The belted plaid, or great kilt as it was called, was a full-length garment worn by men. Before Thomas Rawlinson modernized the kilt in the 1700s to the knee-length version of the kilt thats more recognizable to us today, the great kilt was the dress of the day. With so much material draped around the body, Rawlinson decided the great kilt was too bulky and tailored it to be more functional. The kilt not only became shorter but had pleats already sewn into it. The new version of the kilt was adopted by the Highland regiments of the army, and in time, the kilt was worn by the average Scotsman. Yet, picking out your plaid to make a kilt was not as simple as picking out your favorite color. Before the 1800s, the tartan design and color of each plaid represented a different Scottish clan.