Back in residency I would only wear old UP, Batman, and X-FIles shirts to work, and had received multiple reprimands from the administration for not looking like a doctor. They were right, I looked like I was just visiting the hospital to submit a specimen for fecalysis. My mom took it upon herself to buy me clothes, and every now and then I would see a bunch of new oversized button-down shirts popping up in my room. They were all in plaid. I wore these to work, and discovered that indeed, many doctors wear the same types of shirt, and I had carried this on until private practice. It was in 2016, after that presidential election, when I decided to ditch all my plaid shirts. I gave them all away, in one go.
A few years later I started purchasing a few plaid and checkered items here and there again, until Lacson/Sotto started making plaid part of their campaign image. Nothing personal, but I decided that it is a fashion statement that’s actually hard to pull off. Until two weeks ago, when I randomly picked a blue-green plaid long sleeves polo in Uniqlo. And what should I see when I turn on my television: Jeffrey Dahmer in plaid longsleeved shirt and big glasses, fondling a mannequin’s crotch, making out with a severed head, and drinking blood stolen from a blood bank.
I stopped watching after the 4th episode. I shall never wear plaid again (unless I decide to cosplay as Tom Welling in Smallville Season 1). My resolve to avoid plaid at all cost should never waiver, now that it is associated not just with political imagery, but also with… a psychopath!