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National Argyle Day on January 8th celebrates the pattern derived from the tartan of Clan Campbell, of Argyll in western Scotland. The Scottish Highlanders have worn the design in kilts and plaids and patterned socks (known as a tartan hose) since the 17th century. Each year it is recognized and honored on this day. 

Occasionally you may find argyle spelled argyll.

The word ” argyle ” is most commonly referred to as the overall pattern made of diamonds or lozenges, which sometimes indicates a single diamond in the design. You will find layers of overlapping motifs found in most argyle layouts. The overlapping patterns add a sense of three-dimensionality, movement, and texture. Typically the pattern includes an overlay of intercrossing diagonal lines on solid diamonds.

The Duke of Windsor, a luxury knitwear manufacturer and importer, helped increase argyle’s popularity. Like many other manufacturers, the Duke used the argyle design pattern for golf clothing. Designers embraced the use of argyle on both jerseys and long socks as part of the day’s plus-fours trouser fashion.

Argyle knitwear became fashionable in the USA after the first world war.

U.S. Open and PGA champion Payne Stewart (1957-1999) was known and loved by his fans for his bright and flashy outfits of tams, knickerbockers, and argyle socks.

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HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalArgyleDay

Argyle never really left the fashion world. Whether the pattern compliments a wardrobe or adds charm to a home, argyle provides classic style. Share your favorite argyle pattern. While you explore your wardrobe, invite your co-workers to celebrate as a team. Go argyle for the day in the office or at home. Drape it over your chair or wear it in your hair. Argyle goes on the feet, around the neck, or even on your fingernails. 

Host a contest to see who’s the most argyle among you. From head to toe, we’re sure someone loves their argyle more than anyone else. 

Wear your favorite argyle sweater, socks, ties, and hats. Go shopping for an argyle fashion accessory to update your wardrobe. We want to see how you dress up for the day, too. Be sure to share, using #NationalArgyleDay to post on social media.


Keely McAleer founded this dimensional textile celebration in 2008.

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