Why do lesbians wear a lot of plaid?
First of all, plaid is amazing – and so is flannel, for that matter. Maybe lesbians wear it just because it’s one of the most comfortable, versatile fabrics on the market. Ever think of that?
All jokes aside, I don’t know why plaid has become such a quintessential “lesbian look”. Perhaps it’s simply because we’re all following a trend. Where that trend started would be like asking which biker wore the first leather jacket. It’s simply not traceable, people.
Another explanation could be that lesbians wear plaid shirts because they’re usually quite concealing. It’s a sad truth that self-esteem runs low among the lesbian community – partially because we had a harder time accepting ourselves, and partially because society still hasn’t – so reaching for oversized clothing might be a way for some gay women to protect themselves. That might be a bit of a reach, but it’s as good a guess as any.
But here’s the other side of the coin. I speak for both Faith and myself when I say that I don’t wear plaid because I’m a lesbian. In fact, the thought alone is quite laughable. I wear what I want merely because I want to wear it. I’m no fashion connoisseur by any means, but I know what I like and I embrace that. Not because other lesbians have embraced it, or because it makes me feel more comfortable in my own skin, but because I happen to love the way a soft, flannel feels against my skin. Not to mention throwing a plaid over tights or jeans is probably one of the easiest outfit choices on the planet. And who doesn’t love efficiency?