Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Madras 

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By Mike Conklin There’s likely a madras shirt in your closet, whether or not you’ve ever referred to someone as “Muffy” without irony. Like other pieces from the prep canon — here’s looking at you, polo shirts and khakis — madras has trickled down from the old-money set to become a fixture of middle-class American dressing, as commonly spotted in suburban shopping centers as it is Ivy League campuses. And yet, it remain mysterious. After all, why should a lightweight cotton shirt with a brightly colored check pattern not just be called… summer plaid? As it turns out, there’s good reason. Madra…

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