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I Wear a Kilt

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    Standing in line at one of my favourite fast

    food outlets tonight I hear a young lad say to his Pappy (Grandpa) "That's a kilt isn't it Pappy?" I didn't turn around to look, having noticed them on the way to counter, but in less than a minute I felt a tug on one of my kilt's pleats. It was the little boy wanting to show...
    HippyJoe HippyJoe 56-60, M 1 Response Oct 11, 2015

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    The new kilt. I am very pleased with it.

    The buckles and the lining are more substantial. It seems heavier, but this may largely be because it is some 3 inches more round the waist as expected, and also an inch longer although this does not seem to affect where it sits on the knee. The material seems similar. As for...
    malizz malizz 66-70, M 5 Responses Dec 11, 2015

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    I was a guest at Windsor Castle

    for the Order of the Garter Parade last week, what a wonderful privilege on such a great occasion. I was the only man wearing a kilt, it was the black Argyll jacket & waistcoat version with matching tartan tie. Needless to say the number compliments I received were amazing, not...
    chanterone chanterone 66-70, M 3 Responses Jun 22, 2015

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    Hiking In A Kilt

    I got my first kilt about a year ago for hiking. Once I wore it on the trail, I never looked back. I now own 2 kilts, (one for hiking and one for more formal affairs). While I was on the trail to Half Dome in Yosemite, I passed a group of men filling their water bottles at a...
    kiltedhiker kiltedhiker 46-50, M 3 Responses Oct 17, 2012

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    The Question - What Do You Wear Under A Kilt?

    This famous question is one which every boy and man who wears a kilt has to face. Many non kilt wearers also often ask this question to those of us who wear kilts. In another posting kiltpants asked for information regarding types of underwear worn with the kilt and the...
    highlander22 highlander22 56-60, M 66 Responses Nov 23, 2009

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    Introduction to Kilt Wearing.

    I was introduced to wearing the kilt at a very early age but was about six years old when i was given my first kilt, a hand-me-down from an older sister. I was small as a child and hadn't  the bum to hold it up so my first kilt had a bodice fitted. This was the late 1940's...
    kilterjohnnie kilterjohnnie 66-70, M 14 Responses Mar 20, 2009

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    I recently spent a week in Edinburgh,

    so I took the opportunity to visit Stirling Castle. In the car park I spotted two kilts, I think they were tour guides, so at least I wasn't the only one kilted. I spent the afternoon looking around the fascinating castle with all it's history. In one of the living quarters...
    Rasy Rasy 56-60, M 4 Responses Sep 28, 2015

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    Happy New Year 2013

    I wish everyone a Happy Kilt Swinging New Year, and may it prove to be our best ever year!! Although it's great to see them worn at anytime, lets hope in 2013, , we see even more men wearing their kilts as normal wear and not only for special occasions. CHEERS!
    chanterone chanterone 66-70, M 6 Responses Dec 30, 2012

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    Knickers In The Sporran

    The sporran is normally a place for wallets hipflasks and phones, I was later to find it had a different purpose as an underwear locker. I began the evening with the knickers on thinking I was sparing the blushes of the fairer sex in our company that evening. I was young and...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 15, 2012

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    I actually do not wear a kilt yet.

    I'm of Scottish descent, and want to immerse myself in the culture. I've been looking at kilts, but holy ****, they're expensive! On sites like Tartanista, at least.
    Pauly1904 Pauly1904 41-45, M 3 Responses Jan 25

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    Kilt lengths and weights.

    Following a request, I'm going to try to give a guide as to what all the different kilt measures for a traditional wool made-to-measure kilt actually mean - please bear with me as although it's actually quite simple, it's quite lengthy to explain! Also please note that this is...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 66-70, M 1 Response Jan 23

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    Why/when The Kilt Became Scotland’s National Dress – Part 1

    In several contributions to the “Kilted Soldiers” story, it was suggested that historically the adoption of the kilt nationally had little legitimacy, and that is was only the actions of the Army culminating in the adoption of the kilt by the Royal Regiment of Scotland in 2...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 66-70, M 9 Responses Jun 18, 2012

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    Wearing my new 16oz 8 yd Kilt in Cornwall.

    We had our first frost a week ago. Then it rained and blew a gale of wind. Yesterday I went out in two sweaters and hat, gloves and overcoat. I was beginning to think I should have to get a 20 oz to survive the winter. Then out in the middle of a very soggy field the sun came...
    kiltiekid kiltiekid 66-70, M 1 Response Jan 24

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    I was in the local grocery store trying to pay

    for my purchases at the self serve check out when as is want to happen the scale malfunctioned requiring a live clerk to do her thing. The clerk was helping out at the next register and noticed out of the corner of her eye that I needed help. "Be right with you ma'am" she...
    HippyJoe HippyJoe 56-60, M Dec 6, 2015

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    I have a running specific kilt,

    made from the fabric that running shorts are usually made of. It isn't long, comes down to just above knees. I usually wear it in the summer with nothing underneath when running. It is a lot cooler tan running in shorts when it is really hot out
    PHBalanced PHBalanced 46-50, M 4 Responses Feb 18, 2015

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    School And On

    I was brought up in the late 50s and through the 60s in Aberdeen. During that time I wore the kilt every day from about the age of 4. In those days you wore what your parents told you to. I was kilted in school every day along with 4, sometimes 5 other boys in a class (in Primary...
    Trewscotsman Trewscotsman 46-50, M 4 Responses Oct 3, 2012

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    My Kilted History – Part 3A – The story

    goes on. In my 4 part trilogy (!) entitled My Kilted History written some 4 years ago, the final part concluded with the words “Will I buy another kilt? Unlikely, but never say never!” Just as well, because I have! As a result of the recent cold spell, the heavyweight...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 66-70, M 6 Responses Oct 30, 2015

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    Kilt length. You may have wondered at some time

    why kilts are worn to the knees and not any longer. One explanation I have heard is astoundingly simple - originally kilts were much longer, reaching to mid shin or even ankles, but given the lifestyle of the wearer (much tramping/hiking across mountains and glens) the bottom...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 66-70, M 3 Responses Jan 19

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    I went to the local shopping mall today to have

    a bite to eat. Standing in line at my favourite food kiosk I noticed a little girl staring at me. Turning to her dad she stated the obvious, "But he''s a boy"! Her dad and I shared a laugh as I went on my way.
    HippyJoe HippyJoe 56-60, M 3 Responses Sep 27, 2015

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    I was out at a local beauty spot today in my

    cheap hack 8 yard 8 ounce light kilt and proper kilt hose. Enough wind for kilt flying, a skillfull and dangerous pastime. Managed to get a good A1 flight. for this sort of sport one has to stay out of the way of the holiday makers.............................. Went down onto...
    kiltiekid kiltiekid 66-70, M 2 Responses Sep 3, 2015

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    Real Men Wear Kilts

    My Father-in-law was the site manger for the Arizona Ren Faire and I wanted to work out there because I thought it'd be fun and I could use the extra $. They require you to dress in costume and I was looking for a kilt and stumbled on the Utilikilt website, I thought they were...
    Ubersearch Ubersearch 36-40, M 3 Responses Jul 23, 2007

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    An old army buddy of mine went kilt shopping

    one day. His issued kilt was in for repair and he had a formal function to attend. He wandered into an 'army surplus' store and found one in his regimental tartan. He bought it and took it home. Once at home he noticed it had a Lt Col's pips on it and that there was a bullet...
    HippyJoe HippyJoe 56-60, M 3 Responses Aug 3, 2015

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    is there a page, I wear jeans,

    or, I wear shorts, I wear trousers??? I wear a kilt, what of it, take the **** all you want, it's my choice.ok. anyone got issues with my kilt, that's actually non of my business. OK.
    Richard161 Richard161 46-50, M 1 Response Sep 28, 2015

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    Christmas Parties

    Christmas is here again and I remember getting dressed in my kilt for parties  the girls were dressed in there party frocks and the boys in suits or kilts I was always dressed to impress in my kilt. I was very self concious at the start of playing games as I was aware my...
    kilt1 kilt1 51-55, M 19 Responses Dec 10, 2010

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    My ancestors were English landowners

    who supported the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745. after the defeat of Prince Charles' Army at Culloden the surviving members of the family were declared outlaw and the lands were forfeited to the crown. As stateless supporters of a Prince in exile they were adopted by one of the...
    TerryStouse TerryStouse 61-65, M 1 Response Nov 1, 2015

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    Wearing a Kilt to the Office At the office I

    work at, there's a tradition that as a charity event for St Andrews Day and Burns Day (or, as for this year, the day after), some of the guys in the office wear their kilts to the office to raise money. This time round, nine of us took part, which represented all of the more...
    IronBrewed IronBrewed 31-35, M 3 Responses Feb 8, 2015

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    At long last, I have decided to go

    for a new kilt. Same clan, different color but not the dress version. Next problem will be to see if a new day jacket, hose and tie will be needed to fit in with the new sett. I have already had to get a new Prince Charlie outfit as the old one had gotten too tight. I have...
    malizz malizz 66-70, M 4 Responses Sep 27, 2015

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    New Zealanders Get Something More To Gossip About

    I have just begun wearing my new kilt in New Zealand, for no other reason that it is my national dress and since I am a Scot I can hold my head high. Despite our Scottish roots, New Zealanders will do a double take. I have also had commendations from strangers. So far no trouble...
    Alexanderstreet Alexanderstreet 66-70, M Nov 16, 2012

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    Well, I don't have a proper wool tartan kilt.

    I have one of those mass produced Sportskilts. Its nice for kicking about in the yard or while I'm out camping. In other words, for when I'd otherwise risk ruining a $600 kilt. Its easy to hand wash and I can machine wash it if necessary. I sewed the edges of the pleat folds so...
    Mossonarock Mossonarock 41-45, M 2 Responses Dec 28, 2015

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    Clan Farquharson

    My full name is Graham Scott Farquhar. Now, only one of those is particularly relevant, but if I chose to, I could lay claim to three separate tartans. It's the Clan Farquharson tartan that is most appropriate, though. I like this tartan a lot. And I think I look good in it...
    TheNakedPoet TheNakedPoet 41-45, M 12 Responses Sep 28, 2010

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    Solo kilting. At a Scots Burns supper would you

    believe? The lassies had plenty of tartan, there were some tartan ties and one pair of tartan breeks but my usual fellow kilted suspects were absent. I don't really think it was the snowy and windy weather. My kilt did blow about a bit, but nothing embarrassing. Enjoyable...
    malizz malizz 66-70, M 3 Responses Jan 30

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    Funny Kilt Story

    I wear my kilt with pride! I was at a wedding recently and was wearing my kilt. I was at the bar getting another scotch and saw my sister-in-law (not her wedding, she's been part of the family for years) talking to some guy she hadn't seen in years. They had both been drinking...
    TomBombadill TomBombadill 31-35, M 6 Responses Nov 28, 2010

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    Seasons Greetings - As I shall be away from

    tomorrow for the Christmas holidays, and not sure of an internet connection, I would just like to wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to one and all, and keep on kilting!
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 66-70, M 8 Responses Dec 18, 2015

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    Christmas Night Out

    Well, the work Christmas night out has been arranged, so that's another excuse (not that I really need one) to get the kilt on. Can't wait.
    countzer0 countzer0 46-50, M 5 Responses Nov 14, 2013

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    Happy Hogmanay. Sorry,

    but I inadvertently deleted the Christmas post. Anyone know if/how it could be restored?Given that the kilt is tight due to seasonal overindulgence, the belt is purely a decoration. All the best for 2016. 
    malizz malizz 66-70, M 4 Responses Dec 31, 2015

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    Burns Night fashions.

    Some years ago I attended a Burns Night in Anglo Saxon England. The central heating was not working so the Lassies set a new Regional Fashion by wearing their overcoats to sit down to dine . At another Burns event a friend was wearing his casual Argyll Jacket with straight tie...
    kiltiekid kiltiekid 66-70, M 2 Responses Jan 31

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    Dear Wife, myself and our oldest daughter met

    today at the local shopping mall for lunch in the food court. Being the largest mall in the world you sometimes have to park at one end and walk all the way to the other because of the sheer number of cars in the parking lots. The crowded aisles are made even more crowded with...
    HippyJoe HippyJoe 56-60, M 1 Response Oct 4, 2015

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    My Kilted History - Part 3 - The Saga Continues

    All change again!  Now 10yrs on, due to work requirements I have moved home, now to a more rural location, but the kilt has languished forgotten in the wardrobe, unworn except for a couple of scout reunion meetings.  Then I receive an invitation to be an usher at a wedding, and...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 66-70, M 6 Responses Apr 18, 2011

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    I am an American.I can remember

    when I was in grade school as a young boy, and we learned of the Scottish and their boys and men wearing kilts.I knew then that this was probably a very comfortable garment to wear. Although here I was being raised in America. At the time I didnt even know that anyone here wore...
    bearbutt2 bearbutt2 56-60, M 5 Responses Apr 24, 2015

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    Getting it Right. The best bit of advice I

    ever received about the kilt was from a cousin of mine who is a soldier in the RRoS. I was asking some advice about wearing the kilt (actually, about what to wear under it...) and he said to me that even as a civilian Scot, I should treat the kilt as a uniform: if you wear it...
    IronBrewed IronBrewed 31-35, M 3 Responses May 31, 2014

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    Hillwalking

    I was brought up by  energetic parents. I climbed Ben Wyvis (easter Ross-shire) when I was 4. Six years later I accompanied my family to the summit of Ben Nevis. Short of the summit (in the normal thick mist) we passed a group of students, One bearded member of the...
    obcar13 obcar13 51-55, M 13 Responses Oct 7, 2010

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    On your bike. Just what you always wanted.

    .. http://www.scotsman.com/business/new-product-will-protect-the-modesty-of-women-cyclists-1-3985650
    malizz malizz 66-70, M 1 Response Dec 28, 2015

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    Why/when The Kilt Became Scotland’s National Dress – Part 2

    So, are the so-called “purists” correct when they assert that as the kilt was only worn by Highlanders then it has no right to be called Scotland’s national dress? Absolutely not, and such thinking actually only demonstrates a lack of knowledge/understanding of the socio...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 66-70, M 6 Responses Jun 25, 2012

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    Tartanpleats, You were probably invove in this

    original thread. My observations while standing in a Kiltmakers shop in my old Kilt and Argyll going through two book of Tartan Patterns. Customers came in to try on hire Kilts. They did not want to take their trousers off , so they put the Kilt on over their trousers. They...
    kiltiekid kiltiekid 66-70, M 1 Response Jan 24

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    Who would have thought it?

    After all the comments (mainly adverse!) surrounding the "tartan" designed by Jilli Blackwood for the Scottish team at the Commonwealth Games, she was given the commission to design the new "tartans" used in the redecoration at Heathrow Airport! Just goes to prove the old...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 66-70, M 2 Responses Nov 26, 2015

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