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    Advice from an old kiltie...... I should start this off by saying that I don't know it all. There are many people more knowledgeable than I am. I do wear the kilt, and I try to wear it with respect and pride. Over the years, I have learned some things along the way that I would like to pass on. Not that it is any great distinction, but I am a dedicated, full time kilt wearer and have been for several years. OK – Here we go……….. I continue to be asked by those who know me and those who just meet me about kilts. Most people, when they find out or realize that I wear the kilt full time, get curious. Some consider also getting and wearing the kilt. Some wives have even called me a bad influence. Be that as it may, I get asked for advice quite often. So I decided to customize some sage words that might fit the average new kiltie. (Kiltie – somebody who wears a kilt, usually a man.) Maybe if the words below are heeded you can avoid some of the mistakes that I made. Assumptions: Some assumptions are in order. I assume the individual I am writing this for lives in the U. S., but with today’s access to the internet, this advice holds true for almost anyone. I assume that the individual has never worn a kilt before (maybe he once wore a rented outfit at a wedding or Burn’s dinner.) I assume he is an out-going, vivacious extrovert and is not afraid of trying something new. Let’s face it, if you don’t want to stand out in a crowd, you shouldn’t wear the kilt. If you aren’t thick skinned enough to handle a little teasing, you shouldn’t wear a kilt. I assume he doesn’t already own a kilt. For lack of a better term, I will refer to the clothes you currently wear as Saxon clothes. These are your jeans, shirts, suits, belts, socks, sport coats and all the things you now use to cover your body. Generally, kilts can be broken down into two very broad categories: tartan and non-tartan. Tartan kilts tend to be made in the manner that has been adopted as the national dress of Scotland. Tartan kilts have pleats in the back and an apron in front. Generally, tartan kilts don’t have pockets. Non-tartan kilts have been called modern, non-traditional, contemporary and many other names. Non-tartan kilts are made in many different ways. Some have small aprons, different pleating styles, even pockets. When addressing this type of kilt, the rules or conventions go out the window. I am not talking about non-tartan kilts. So, I make the big assumption that we are talking about tartan kilts. I am also going to assume that you want to wear your tartan kilt in a more conventional manner. This means you wear kilt hose (knee socks) with your kilt. It assumes you will be wearing a wide kilt belt (your narrow Saxon belt just won’t work.) It means you will be wearing a sporran, because you don’t have any pockets, and you need someplace to stash your wallet and keys. Research: The first thing that the new kiltie or kilt curious man needs to do is to educate himself. One great way to do that is to get and read a copy of “So You Are Going To Wear The Kilt” written by the late J. Charles Thompson. This is a concise, well written, easy to understand primer on wearing the kilt. It is still in publication and can be found in libraries and on line. Used copies can sometimes be found for around $5. Get this book and read it. Sure, some advice is a bit dated, and some even a little controversial, but all-in-all this is a great place to start. Again - Get this book and read it. Next spend many hours on your computer using google or yahoo or dogpile or whatever. Search and read what you find when you type in relative words, like kilt, Scotland, highland attire, etc. There are many, many good sources for kilt information. Some established clans have extensive information. Ditto some museums. Don’t rush into the first kilt purchase! Get all the information you can. Visit and join on-line kilt forums. One of the best is the Brotherhood of the Kilt at kiltsrock.com. There are many others such as Bravehearts and HexMarks..... Ok, you want to wear the kilt and you want it now! You’ve made the decision to buy your first kilt. What should you do now? Again, don’t be in a hurry. In order to respectfully wear the kilt you need several things. You need a kilt. You need kilt hose and hose flashes. You need a sporran, kilt belt and sporran belt. But, really that’s about it. I recommend you start small – Heaven forbid, you may not like it. Starter kilt: Your starter kilt turn-out can be very cost effective. A starter kilt can cost as little as $30. (Still Water) A very nice usable sporran can be had for $55. (Buzz Kidder) Kilt hose can be found for $15. (On e-bay from Scotland) Starter sporran belts run $15 and kilt belts about $35. (almost everyone has these items.) The look we are going for here is a casual one; not really good enough to go to a wedding, but perfectly fine for bar-hopping. Realistically, you can get a very presentable outfit for under $200. Most, if not all, of your present Saxon shoes and most of your Saxon shirts will work with the kilt. Wear plain colored shirts with no stripes or patterns with your tartan kilt. Lean to match the color of your shirt, hose and flashes to compliment the colors in the chosen tartan. Can you wear your Saxon sport jackets? – No! For now be satisfied wearing a light windbreaker jacket. Remember - You are not ready to go to church kilted - - - not yet! Go at this slowly; take your time. I suggest that you get a very inexpensive kilt first. There are several on-line manufacturers that sell low cost kilts. One of the best is Still Water Kilts. Jerry, the owner, only offers on his web-site those things that he has in stock. His delivery times are very fast. He sells great “starter” kilts. With a little modification by you, even his $30 Thrifty kilt can easily be made to double in value. More on that later. Regardless of the source, this starter kilt will not be high-grade Scottish wool. It may have Velcro instead of the traditional belts. It will be made from man-made fiber. It will have been manufactured and assembled in another country. Who cares? You will look good. If you follow the advice here and in Mr. Thompson’s book, you will not embarrass yourself. In fact with a little bit of effort, you can go to a local Highland game, and walk around with all the old kilties, just like you’ve been kilted for years. Back to this first starter kilt - - If you opted for the lowest price, this kilt will not have the pleats sewn down from the waistband to the hip. This needs to be done. Take a little time (an hour or so) and hand sew down the top eight inches or so of the pleats. You need to measure down from the waistband to where your rear end is at it’s widest. Get your wife or girl friend to help (maybe she’ll take pity on you and do the sewing for you!) This will give a more finished look to the low-end, low-cost kilt. It will make it fit better and also enhance the swing. Almost as important as your first kilt is your first kilt belt. A very serviceable casual kilt belt can be purchased at your local home improvement store or hardware. Look for plain leather tool belts, the kind that carpenters use to attach those big tool pouches from. I still have and use one that I got years ago for under $10. It is made of good quality leather and still gives good service. Wear this starter kilt a lot. Get out in the public. Go to the market. Go to the local pub. Find out for yourself that the kilt is more accepted than you may have thought. Have fun! Maybe buy and sew down the fell on a couple more low-end kilts. Get another pair or two of kilt hose. Make some nice flashes. Red flashes go with almost any tartan. Decision time! Do you still enjoy wearing the kilt? Are you man enough? Can you handle the harassment? No? You’re not out much money. Yes? Then it’s time to look into getting a little better quality kilt. Second level kilt: For your second level kilt I recommend the type and style of kilt sold by USA Kilts. Rocky uses a high-end Poly Viscose fabric that offers easy care and good style. His kilts are machine made, but custom made for you, none-the-less. You can get a quality kilt from USA Kilts for $100 to $200. Rocky also makes higher quality wool kilts, but we’ll talk about them later. OK - Several months have passed. You have your low-end Still Water Kilts to knock around in, maybe a couple of USA Casual Kilts for when you want to look nicer. You feel comfortable in your kilt. The people at the local bar now only make a remark when you fail to wear your kilt. The things that bug you now result from the poor choices you made. Instead of looking for the $55 Buzz Kidder sporran, you found one on e-bay for $12. From the same vender, you got your first kilt belt for $15. You now hate them. The leather is cheap, almost cardboard. The color is coming off, and the leather is cracking. What’s more, you can fit almost nothing inside this cheap sporran. You are now in the market for a better quality sporran. (If you bought the $55.00 Buzz Kidder, you’re ahead of the game.) Sporrans: The best sporrans are hand made by fine craftsmen. I recommend that you check-out Thorfinn Sporrans or Wyvern Leather Works. Both Turpin and Donnie make quality items that last a lifetime. There are also a few others: Joe Gondek, Bob Marlin and Tom Hay come to mind. And you can sometimes find some quality items at a local Scottish Game. If at all possible, touch and feel the product before you buy. Belts: For leather belts, both kilt belts and sporran belts, I recommend Oconee Leather Works. Steve makes top of the line products that also will last a lifetime. While I am on the subject of belts, remember that sporran belt that came with that cheap sporran? The one that is a chain and leather combination? Throw it away; far, far away. The chain sporran belt will damage even high level PV fabric. Reserve chain belts for formal wear, and even then, consider backing that fancy formal evening wear chain with black velvet or suede. Throw away that cheap leather chain combination, it’s an abomination. Hose: You are probably OK with kilt hose, but you’d like some different options. Look into Rugby or Soccer socks. They offer modern yarns, good durability and often nice colors. For cold weather or more dressy times track down some nice wool hose. There are really too many to mention. So here you are. You have several kilts, usable leathers and you now want to think about going to some place which requires a little more dressy appearance. You need a kilt length coat or jacket. Do you really want to spend $200, $300, or more on a jacket? I didn’t think so. What you need to do now is pay a visit to the local Good Will or D. A. V. used clothing store. Look for a tweed sport jacket in your size and cut it down as described in Mr. Thompsons’s book. Then you will be set. If you don’t think you can handle it, there are always local tailors that do alterations who will probably do the job for under $50.00. Top of the line kilt: You now can look for a personal kilt maker. You are probably ready to spend some big bucks on a really quality garment. I suggest that you avoid ordering a kilt from Scotland. Sure, they make good products, but the currency exchange, and sometimes import duty will and can easily double the price for that hand-made kilt. Many companies sell the full blown, heavy wool traditional kilt and you may be overly influenced by the price. Expect to wait three to four months for your kilt to be delivered. For the truly top of the kilt maker’s art, I recommend people like Barbara Tewksbury, Kathy Lare or Wallace Catanach. These individuals are at the pinnacle of their field and they make garments that can be passed down from generation to generation. A high-end kilt made from high end, heavy weight wool fabric can easily cost $750 dollars. This is a decision not entered into lightly. If you are considering a high-end kilt, you are probably also considering high-end exotic fur sporrans, formal evening jackets, formal sporran chains, Ghillie Brogues and maybe much more. Welcome to the addiction. Again, take your time; don’t rush it. Do your research. You probably are now in a position to give advice to others. Wear your kilt with pride! You notice I didn’t touch on contemporary kilts or which tartan to wear; I didn’t talk about dirks or sgians dubh. No mention of canes, walking sticks, cromachs or even a pair of cadadh. Not one word about hats. These subjects and many more can easily take up and do page after page and book after book. These subjects are also subject to more personalized habits and behavior. I will say that Glengarry Hats sell some nice quality items. There, you should be able to find the Balmoral or Glengarry of your dreams. Good luck young kiltie.
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    For those of you who do not wear the kilt, we kilt-wearing folks fight a battle every day...in the bathroom. When trying to use the bathroom, there are many ways. hike up the kilt, hold it around you as you sit,take it off...and many others. here is something I figured that makes using a public restroom a piece of cake. for this to work, said restroom needs to have a coat hook. step 1: hang sporran from said hook step 2. place kilt belt over hook, it will fold over the hook well enough unless it is one of those really tiny ones. step 3: hang kilt over belt on hook. see caveat on step 2 before doing this. this method enables the kilt wearer to use the bathroom unhindered while keeping the kilt free from whatever is on the floor and from falling into the abyss of the bowl. Be Strong. Put a Kilt ON. *****do not repost without a link to this page***** Get your own copy of Kiltology here! www.amazon.com
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    Joseph, you have hit on the very core of the meaning of this Brotherhood. Yes, we do advise on subjects of propriety when asked, especially for formal events, BUT it is my firm belief that if you have the courage to strap on a kilt, then wear it! The only rules I have ever found to be universal are these: 1. pleats in the back 2. remove the basting stitches if you had them. *3. if you are wearing at tartan, at least know the name of it. This is not mandatory but good practice. otherwise, go for it!
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    I just wanted to prove I don't always wear an Argyll jacket and tie with my kilt. I got nothing but compliments all day.
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    My general response to 'what's under your kilt?': "Apparently, your curiosity."
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    Hi everybody just wanted to introduce myself. my Name is Matthew an I am from Tucson Az and kilts rock
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    So yesterday was Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day, it was also the anniversary of the delivery of my Scottish Wildcat Tartan kilt. I knew I wanted to wear the kilt so I put it on and was ready to go out, it was then that I noticed my brother who has Cerebral Palsy posted about the day on facebook, I asked my girlfriend who also has C.P. what the colour was for C.P. Awareness Day she said it was green, so I changed into my Lovat Green Argyll jacket and Loden Green hose, we were out getting Vanessa's hair done so I took the opportunity to go get a photo at the Toronto sign in front of City Hall.
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    Just bugs me, that I stooped to his level (which doesn't feel like a "win", to me). Normally, I would simply give an ambivalent glance, and ignore. What perturbed me, more than anything, was rudely interrupting the conversation of 6 people, with his sophomoric remark. I can take insults, all day long, and laugh at it. But display a lack of basic manners (especially towards my friends), and I have issue.
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    As Vanessa and I were walking down the street this afternoon I could not believe my eyes when I saw this gentleman walking toward me. Thomas is the Senior International Officer for admissions from the University of St. Andrews, and was in town doing a presentation, he was good enough to stop and talk for a wee bit and pose for this photo.
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    today is officially the 10th anniversary of the brotherhood of the kilt! WAHOOO!!!!!!!
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    I see that I previously replied on this thread, but managed to not notice the mention of potential legal action in Texas from the original post. I find this sort of amusing as I had an interaction with a police officer here while wearing a kilt. I had gone out regimental, and while leaving the establishment where I met my friends, a member of the local police force decided he didn't like the rate at which I accelerated from the stop light and I was pulled over, apparently on suspicion of DUI, as I did so right in front of him. (In my defense, I was in a very loud red Trans Am with a 3600 stall converter and very dark tinted rear window, and had no idea he was there. I honestly didn't leave quickly, just loudly, so I can't say knowing he was there would've made much difference.) During the stop I was asked to step out of the vehicle and asked a series of questions (which I believe mostly to have been to test my sobriety), threatened with three separate emission violation tickets (at about $1,500 each) and then taken to the rear of the vehicle to be searched by the other officer. I believe they suspected I might have some less than legal substance on me after seeing my large wooden pipe (which only smells of tobacco, as that's all that's ever been in it). After emptying my pockets he began to pat me down, then proceeded to lift my kilt. I gave him a quick verbal warning "there's nothing under there sir!", which he discovered for himself about that same moment, and he sheepishly asked me to go stand on the sidewalk while they spoke in their patrol car. About five minutes later he apologized for everything and said they were letting me go with a warning to slow down when leaving stop lights. I can't say this for certain, but I credit walking away without a ticket to having gone regimental that night.
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    ... but was watching mini-series Harley & the Davidsons, and noticed, in episode #1, a wedding reception scene where quite a few participants were kilted. (No real surprise, as the Davidson brothers' father was born & raised in Scotland) That is all... you may now return to your normal business.
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    One of the most common issues dealt with by new kiltmen is the age old question of just what is to be worn under the kilt. The cop-out answer offered by most forums and kilt makers is, "anything you want." Of course, all new kiltmen really do want more information than that. Here's my take on underwear. Although it is true that many guys don't wear anything, sometimes I don't, the reality is that most kiltmen are not militant Regimentalists, what we kiltmen call those who go without underwear. Songs, poems and traditions have led most to believe that a 'real Scot' doesn't wear underwear, of course, as hard as it is for some to admit, we're not real Scots anyway... because of this, thankfully, we really do have options. I wear full back briefs, thongs or nothing depending on the lenth of the kilt, circumstances, wind and many other considerations. Most of the time I'm wearing a thong, it's sort of the best of both worlds between going Regimental and wearing full-back underwear. Contrary to popular belief a good fitting thong from someone like International Male actually feels as if nothing is worn at all. Generally speaking I don't go Regimental (with out underwear) in a kilt shorter than the top of my knee. A kilt shorter than that will offer you nothing to protect yer nads when sitting on hot or cold surfaces, let alone offer any real privacy while doing anything but standing still indoors. I generally wear thongs, even in shorter kilts, unless I have good reason to wear more. The main reason I wear thongs, other than keeping my arse cooler, is that I've found them to serve me well in both maintaining my privacy and also maintaining the illusion (and often expectation) of being Regimental. Frankly many, if not most, folks are disappointed to find out that I'm not wearing my kilt 'properly', ie. with out underwear. A thong very often fools them, protects me and keeps the illusion alive. Last, there are indeed legal issues to consider. Indecency laws here in Texas require that the genitals and anus be covered and there has been legal precedence to prosecute those in violation even when the exposure was unintentional or, believe it or not, even unseen. Obviously a proper fitting thong covers those areas, satisfies the requirements of the law and allows the closest experience to Regimental kilting legally possible. I hope this helps you to determine your personal policy on what's under your kilt. Honestly I've found that most kilt communities subtly push kiltmen to go Regimental, almost pressure them ... as a Modernist kiltman I can assure you that we are all free to wear as much or as little as we want under our kilts and we are free to adjust as necessary. Kilt ON! Chris Webb Special Note: Recently I was wearing too light a kilt on too windy a day on a construction site. Some unseen observer from inside their home saw my kilt blow up a couple times and called the police, TWICE! As it is not against the law to wear a kilt they left the first time but the second time resulted in a short but tense interaction between me and an officer of the law. Bravado aside regarding what any of us would do if confronted by the law the truth is that none of us can really afford to be arrested for public indecency or disturbing the peace. An officer CAN arrest you and leave it to a judge to determine the validity of a PE or DtheP violation. Even if found innocent you are still put through the wringer. How did it turn out, you ask? I stood my ground and survived the circumstances without further incident. Why, because I was wearing underwear that covered my genitals and my anus. Somehow I don't think the young female officer of hispanic descent would have cared a lick about my Scottish tradition of going Regimental, nor do I think any judge would have, Scottish descent or not. This ain't Scotland. Regimental equals Risk ... weigh the Risk, then go Regimental, if that's what you want to do.
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    Welcome, from south-central Pennsylvania!
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    Welcome from Colorado
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    Welcome from S.E. Wisconsin. John
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    Welcome, from Oklahoma.
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    Probably not the line to have used in your situation, but I have had a guy give me guff about my kilt, in part to entertain his buddies. I looked him in the eye and said, so his buddies could hear, "Some guys need more room." His buddies proceeded to give HIM the guff.
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    One of these days I'll make it to Toronto to join in on the fun.
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    very nice kilt - welcome to you
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    Oops, we've been PMing on a blade. Sorry, Jim
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    I see nothing wrong with what you did, he tried to insult and decided to be ignorant, at best you defended yourself, at worst you responded in kind, either way, you can hold your head high. It's funny how it goes when you wear the kilt regularly you have good days and bad, a little while ago I had to defend my girlfriend against verbal attacks, she is in a wheelchair and gets targeted all the time as a result. I stepped in to try to stop it and diffuse the situation, the attacker decided to try to attack me for my choice of clothing, it did not go well for them. Yesterday on the other hand I got nothing but compliments on the kilt.
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    Thanks, Captain! So far, I haven't ever received a negative comment when I've ventured out kilted. I received my Borealis Black Hiking kilt Wednesday as expected - and it's great! I was actually out and about in kilts most of this weekend and got a few comments, but all were positve or at least good natured in tone and delivery - more out of curiosity than anything. Like anything else, the more you practice doing something, the easier it gets. During this afternoon's run out the grocery store felt like a standard everyday trip. I'm sure I got some looks, but I didn't feel like people were watching me or staring. Doug
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    Ive seen several posts floating around, this forum and others, asking about the day/lairds plaid, how to wear it, when it is appropriate to do so, and such, and seeing as how i wear one almost every day, i thought id post a bit on how a wear mine. Now first off,what is a lairds plaid, the lairds plaid also called the day plaid, is usually several yards long and several feet wide, and fringed at ether end, it looks almost like a decent sized blanket and is in the most basic, folded and worn draped on your shoulder. Many people ive talked to say to reserve the lairds plaid for formal occasions, i say that is boring, i wear mine to work, to parties, when out drinking and even when hiking, i however do leave it at home when its hot, as its kind of hard to pull off something like that when its over 90F =p On to the fun stuff, i wear mine several different ways depending on what im going to be doing, what the weather is like and how im dressed. Draped over shoulder. take your plaid and fold it in half lengthwise, then fold it twice widthwise, you should have only one fringed edge, now throw it over your prefered shoulder with the fringe in the back, and make sure it is even front and back Wrapped like a scarf. this is one of my favorite ways to wear it, fold it widthwise three times, and place it so that it draped over your shoulders and down the front of you like a scarf, then lightly wrap (unless you like choking yourself) both edges opposite of each other around your back (like your trying to strangle yourself, watch out for fast closing doors as you might just do so =P) Half cloak you will need a brooch for the next two to sit right, take your plaid and fold it once lengthwise and lay it across your back, take the two corners and pin them, one on top of the other, and just let it hang there. Full cloak. take your unfolded plaid, lay it across your back and shoulders so that you have an equal length hanging down each side of you, the fringed parts should be almost touching the ground (unless your short), now take the part behind your head and bring it up so it covers your head like a hood, and find a comfortable place to pin the plaid, and then let the hood down to check how it sits. under arm over shoulder Fold the plaid 4 times widthwise, set it on your left shoulder so that enough hangs down the front to just touch your belt, then take the part hanging down your back, bring it down under your left arm and up across your chest, and then over the right shoulder. dont have anyone to take pictures at the moment, but i will get some up eventually, feel free to ask if you have any questions, as i know im not the best at explaining things.
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    I have worn my Utilikilt Survival Kilt at 1600m skiing in the French Alps. No probs! Just need to be a little careful when sitting on the chair lifts :-)
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    I don't recall the exact thread where we as a brotherhood decided, but here is why we have the colors used in the BotK tartan. More info for those who are wondering. This was created LONG ago, with the celtic roots of the currently defined Kilt as the driver behind how it is worded. Our own High-Gear won the design contest for which this tartan was created. here is a pic of the first kilt produced in our tartan, by Matthew Newsome
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    I know I'm very late into this discussion, but for those wanting to kilt in the cold I do have some ideas that work for me. I wear kilts full time, work outdoors and wear them in all weather, from the extreme hot to the extreme cold, and I can tell you with some authority that the comfort level at either extreme is a matter of length more than weight. I'll not go into the hot extreme, but the cold can be addressed very well simply by having at least one kilt that is a little on the long side, going to the bottom of the knee and covering the back of the knee (the bend in your leg) completely. When I was in the Arctic Infantry the Eskimo Scouts taught me that the area behind the knee is like a heat vent for the entire body, cover it up and retain more heat, uncover it and lose more heat. Simply wearing a kilt a little on the long side works for me down to about freezing. After that I just put on a pair of long johns under my kilt and just ... Kilt ON! Chris Webb
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    A lot of my sewing skill/techniques were learnt by doing tailoring and costume making, rather than being trained to sew kilts, and because of that I probably do some things a little differently. One of my first sewing tutors impressed on me how important pressing the fabric, the seams , and being able to gently adjust the shaping of the cloth with the iron was.So I tend to use an iron as I sew,i.e. I will sew half a dozen pleats or so, and then press them,pining the pleats distances, checking them out, letting them cool down, and then sew a few more. Some say that you should do all the sewing and then all the pressing, but I find that by the time I have finished the sewing, the kilt is almost fully pressed.I then baste 3 or 4 linesacross the pleats, and press again with a damp cloth, and yes I do press down with the iron for a few seconds, so it perahps take 10- 15 mins to do all the pleats. If there is time ,I put a heavy wooden board on top of a very slightly damp cloth, on top of the pleated section(which) can just about fit on the ironing board), with the waistband hanging over the edge, andI leave it over night.The next morning I give it another generous pressing,and I find that this method give me good strong and sharp pleats. I dodn't think I would leave it longer that an overnight, as leaving wool damp for too long is asking for problems. I think that part of the secret is getting good sharp pleats is to allow the fabric to cool down without being moved, somehow this "set" the pleat, which is why I think the overnight method works well for me. I do have a wooden block which I sometimes use after pressing to press down on the pleats, and I know that way is a fairly tradiitonal tailor's techniques as well.Pressing down hard with a modern iron is not a good idea, as I suspect they are not built strongly enough, but the wooden block,which looks a little like an iron, is strong enough! I hope that because I put a reasonable ammount of effort into the pressing during construction that the pleats wil hold their shape better, but of course a little touch up with a damp cloth and steam always helps to keep any kilt looking top notch.
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    I'm a big fan of the plaid worn across the chest, like a loose pipers plaid. To me and my lifestyle, this is the most practical and functional method. It looks great also as seem in many paintings. http://www.tartansauthority.com/resources/graphics-library/mcian-prints http://www.tartansauthority.com/resources/graphics-library/macleay-portraits The other methods of wear you described would be more of a nuisance to me, having to keep the plaid on my shoulder, billowing behind me or needing to fumble with a pin before it could be used in any other manner.
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    Ad to your "ideas" = "stadium blanket" I often use as. Puffer
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    Right on. It seems to me to be another practical thing that was turned into a stylized version for highland wear. It's good to see someone actually using it!
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    I have a Prince Albert... I must be more traditional than I thought. Go figure.
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    i totally agree! here are some things i would like for men new to kilts should know: i have the impression that the choice of underwear or not under a kilt is highly varied. and i feel that those that do wear underwear feel that they are doing a disservice to the kilt by doing so. i want to assert that they are not. to wear a kilt in public is honoring enough for the kilt. the choice of underwear is highly personal and should remain your personal choice period. i am annoyed however when i see cargo shorts hanging out from underneath a kilt. i don't care what you wear under it as long as it is hidden in normal standing conditions. i used to think that wearing briefs or boxer-briefs (or thongs or other supportive underwear) defeated the purpose of the kilt. after all, the kilt is about freedom. but i now know otherwise. i know this first-hand in fact (well the "hand" isn't the part of the body in question really). boxerbriefs and briefs (and similar) will perform differently in a kilt verses p@nt$. so the main point is this: kilts are more comfortable than p@nt$ regardless of how your bangers'n'mash are built, held, configured, confined, covered, or affixed. personally, these days i rarely wear underwear, in p@nt$ or kilts. i will wear something supportive if i am gonna be exercising. and if i am backpacking, then i will wear moisture-wicking boxer-briefs for the support and chafe protection. btw, wearing moisture-wicking underwear is truly wonderful, and they work better if under a kilt. the panted world sadly doesn't get the full benefit of moisture-wicking underwear. i lastly will point out that i think there should be no shame in asking questions on this topic. how else do we learn? men are not being "girlie" by talking about underwear. the male body doesn't come with an owner's manual. and we can't talk to women about such stuff, they have no clue how to imagine life with their ovaries hanging outside of their bodies. face it: outdoor plumbing has ramifications.
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    Thanks Chris, I am in the position of suffering quite a blow to my career if I were to accidently fall down the steps, or be a victim of a gust of wind. You see I investigate child victim sex crimes. In the town I live in, I would be the perv who walks aorund with his bits and pieces hanging out. Not good for courtroom credibility.