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I Wear a Kilt

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    Season's Greetings - With best wishes to one

    and all for a happy Christmas and a happy, prosperous and kilted New Year in 2014!
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 5 Responses Dec 23, 2013

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    Another reason - Now

    that the Christmas and Hogmanay/New Year celebrations are over, for those who still need a reason (excuse?) to wear the kilt (and have not yet graduated to the simple "cos I wanted to" one), we are entering the Burns Supper season when the opportunity to attend functions kilted...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 2 Responses Jan 17

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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 3 Responses Oct 3, 2012

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    Wearing Tartan Undertrews

    I first started to wear a kilt when I was 8 years old. It was a Douglas tartan kilt and had been made for my older brother by an outfitter in Edinburgh. It came with 2 pairs of matching tartan undertrews, lined, and with a three button fly. Many of my friends at school regularly...
    kiltpants kiltpants 56-60 10 Responses Jun 28, 2009

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    Batsandstars Batsandstars 18-21, F Jan 26

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    Scottish Country Dancing - it's official,

    Scottish Country Dancing is good for you! A recent study reported that Scottish Country Dancing, with its various twists, turns, varying speed of steps etc is a good full body workout for the 60+ age group, keeping them as supple as someone 10yrs younger! Where's my dancing...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 2 Responses Jan 20

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    Another Great Day for the KiltBeing a beautiful,

    bright sunny day took full advantage by getting out walking morning and afternoon, wearing my kilt for all to see as they rushed passed in their cars.I hope they enjoyed seeing someone who gets a great feeling wearing is kilt at every opportunity in public, not just on special...
    mahsud mahsud 70+, M 4 Responses Jan 2

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    Edinburgh - Just back from a couple of days

    staying over in Edinburgh and once again saddened by the dearth of kilts visible in our capital. Apart from the usual busking pipers, the only other kilt I saw was being worn by an oriental young man, although the effect was somewhat spoiled by the sight of the just below the...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 3 Responses Mar 6

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    Well Burn's Night is only a week away.

    Bearing in mind that I live in York now, I've three Burn's Suppers next weekend. Friday and Sunday with friends and one on The Day, Saturday, at a posh hotel, complete with the full works. I might as well just leave the kilt on all weekend.
    Rasy Rasy 56-60, M 1 Response Jan 19

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    After wearing a kilt a few times hiking in the

    local woods, I knew that this was for me. I am certainly not Scottish. Like everything I do, I just jumped right in and ordered my some more kilts. So I have a variety of kilts now, but will wait till Spring to wear them outside. It will put fun into a simple hike in the...
    Tincanar Tincanar 56-60, M 3 Responses Jan 10

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    Dancing On Ice - Beautifully choreographed

    Scottish dance routine on the show, female skater in mini kilt, male in kilt, and unusually for (a) a non-Scot and (b) a show dancer he did not feel it necessary to wear the long legged cycling/compression shorts under his kilt that most would have expected - and his kilt fitted...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 3 Responses Jan 26

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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 1 Response Nov 16, 2012

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    Success! - After many years of non-kilting (not

    since his university graduation) elder son has now adopted wearing the kilt for formal/semi-formal occasions! Interestingly, he's now about the same age as I was when I returned to kilting after a similar mid-life break, but there's an added bonus in that that both grandsons (5...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 4 Responses Dec 19, 2013

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    Dundee - Is Dundee becoming the kilt capital?

    I was passing through Dundee last week and stopped off at a shopping estate for a short t&p break. Browsing in an electronics shop I came across 2 mature (ie round about my age!) gentlemen dressed casually in kilts, one in Black Watch and the other in a blue tartan I didn't...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 4 Responses Jan 27

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    On the subject of kilts becoming more popular,

    we attended the same venue, in Malton North Yorkshire, for Burn's Night as we did last year. There were four of us kilted last year and ten this year and did we all look just fine. The host was excellent with his Burn's readings and funny stories as was the tradition supper...
    Rasy Rasy 56-60, M 2 Responses Feb 4

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    Wearing A Kilt In Edinburgh

    I had not worn a kilt for many years - I now live in England, where I would feel altogether too conspicuous going about kilted - so, when I recently came to Edinburgh for a break, I decided to spend the week wearing a kilt. I had a number of misgivings. (1) for many people...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Sep 13, 2012

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    Casual Kilting

    They say even in Scotland you only see kilts for ceremonial events or maybe football/hogmany etc. and not as casual 'instead of jeans' wear, but I have been impressed how many times I can do exactly this and no-one even bats an eyelid.  How it should be in my book.  The best...
    kiltboy kiltboy 26-30, M 6 Responses Dec 23, 2011

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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 61-65, M 6 Responses Jun 25, 2012

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    None here either - Visited Aberdeen yesterday

    with Mrs T principally to see the Scotland's Tapestry on display at the Art Galleries - not a kilt in sight - don't think the Dress Gordon kilted skirts worn by the girls at the Robert Gordon Academy next door to the Art Galleries count!
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 3 Responses Apr 3

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    Commonwealth Games -

    yet another tartan! Following on the unveiling last year of the official Commonwealth Games tartan (which most here generally accepted as being pretty dire), we now have the new team tartan which the athletes and officials will wear in the parades ! I would love to be a "fly on...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 12 Responses Jan 19

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    Dressed to kilt in NY cancelled - seems to be

    for illness.... http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2014/04/02/dressed-to-kilt-show-cancelled---new-york-tartan-week
    malizz malizz 66-70, M 1 Response Apr 3

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    countzer0 countzer0 46-50, M 2 Responses Dec 17, 2013

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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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    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 6 Responses Nov 14, 2013

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    When To Wear The Kilt

    As I have expressed before, I love wearing my kilt, or at least one of them, as I currently have four.  I have worn my kilts throughout my life from schooldays, when it was worn for parties, church, sunday school, formal occasions, and laterly for school itself.As I have...
    ijarobb ijarobb 70+, M 10 Responses Jan 18, 2010

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    In The Beginning My first kilt was

    for my aunt's wedding. It was attached to a semmit and they supplied tailored green undershorts called trews. Later I had a proper kilt with bottle green briefs which were presented as proper boys' kiltwear and not knickers out of the girls' department. At the final closing...
    Addison1 Addison1 22-25, M 3 Responses Mar 29

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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 7 Responses Dec 30, 2012

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    Kilt To School

    When I was in primary school, I fell and tore my trousers. My mum sent me to school the next day with my kilt (that I wore to Sunday school etc) on with my uniform. The boys in the class took the mickey out of me for wearing a "skirt". Funny thing is they didn't say that when...
    deleted deleted 26-30 9 Responses May 21, 2012

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    Happy New Year - A happy New Year to all,

    whether you be a kilt wearer or simply a kilt admirer! Hope you all watched the annual new year concert from Vienna on BBC2 - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Ballet. About halfway through 4 dancers from the ballet perform a humourous kilted number! They...
    scottishkilt scottishkilt 51-55, M 5 Responses Jan 1

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    Travel In A Kilt

    I wonder if anybody else has had this experience? I was returning from the USA and at LA Airport y kit buckles set off the scanner so I had to be; patted down they said; so this person started and felt me all over between my legs included !!     to the...
    JAGGYTHISTLE JAGGYTHISTLE 70+, M 14 Responses Mar 31, 2010

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    When is a kilt too short?

    I've a cheaper kilt that I mainly wear around the house. It has been cleaned a few times, and has lost a bit of length. It sits just about on top of my knees, so my knees are uncovered. Is that getting a wee bit too short?
    Rasy Rasy 56-60, M 4 Responses Jan 22

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    Story part 3. A few months

    since part 2, and a couple of months since my last post, so it's time I wrote another story. I left off in November, having grown up and handed my kilt on to a cousin. I eventually got it back but it really did not fit very well so was only worn around the house. I did not go...
    malizz malizz 66-70, M 1 Response Mar 25

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    Kilts and Funerals -Those with long memories

    will doubtless recollect a debate that took place some time ago in this forum where the adviseability of wearing the kilt to a funeral was discussed, the main argument against being that a colourful kilt could distract from the sombreness of the occasion.  Being of an age where...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 12 Responses Dec 9, 2013

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    Kilties Meetings

    It would be great to meet any other kiltwearers in Scotland to socialise for a day. Any time I wear my kilt out during the day I'm always on my own. It attracts lots of attention all the same but does anyone feel they would like to form a group or something like it. Just a...
    kiltieman kiltieman 61-65, M 14 Responses Jul 7, 2010

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    A dream. Last night I dreamt

    that they had sent me on a leadership course which for some reason was held in an oldfashioned charabanc. The thing was that I was the only one there wearing a kilt. My colleague had boned the seat next to him for someone else and the back seats were occupied, so I sat at the...
    malizz malizz 66-70, M 1 Response Mar 29

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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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    At last! Finally spring seems to have sprung

    and the winter heavyweight kilt can go into hibernation at the back of the wardrobe!
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Commonwealth Games Tartan2 - First look at the

    uniform to be worn by the medal bearers at the Games - tartan looks much nicer and more muted than that seen before, but then again maybe I'm just being distracted by the sight of a pretty girl in a short dress!
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 3 Responses Mar 27

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    Airport

    While waiting at airport for my flight to be called I observed a man sitting opposite staring at my legs so I decided to have a bit of fun I opened my legs a little and saw he was getting a bit exited so I showed a bit more leg as I was getting ready to get up I opened my legs he...
    JAGGYTHISTLE JAGGYTHISTLE 70+, M 3 Responses Jul 22, 2013

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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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    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 13 Responses Mar 20, 2009

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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...
    highlander22 highlander22 56-60, M 70 Responses Nov 23, 2009

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    OLD Kilts

    hi I have worn a kilt since 1948 and the first kilt is still being worn by my son do not think trousers would have lasted as long!!
    JAGGYTHISTLE JAGGYTHISTLE 70+, M 5 Responses Mar 12, 2009

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    The Kilt For Walking

    I live south of the border, but of course remain very proud of my Scottish heritage. I have never regretted investing in a kilt on one of my many holidays in Scotland. I do not have much opportunity to wear it at home, except on formal occasions like Burns Night and St Andrew's...
    fightingmac fightingmac 41-45, M 12 Responses Jan 15, 2012

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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 61-65, M 5 Responses Apr 18, 2011

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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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    I have at least 4 kilts Made by Kilt This,

    look for them on Facebook or Google their web site. Their kilts are very good! ;)
    Iwanttolovetoo Iwanttolovetoo 41-45, M 1 Response Dec 28, 2013

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    I was in Rome for the Rugby on the 22nd

    February 2014, and saw hundreds of men in kilts. There was the usual mixture of standards in dress sense, from ragamuffins to really smart. I am glad to say all the ones I saw managed to keep their secret even while teasing the locals! At the stadium prior to the match there was...
    chanterone chanterone 66-70, M 3 Responses Mar 2

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    My Kilt, The Dilemma, Pants On Or Off

    I got the kilt on , the knee length socks , the sporran, the jumper, the heavy brogues, I was going on a ten mile walk in highland perthshire with some staff from the office, the kilt theme was mooted and the charity forms circulated, I sat in the cottage fingering the black...
    kiltysissy kiltysissy 46-50 6 Responses Jun 30, 2011

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    Murrayfield

    Reports from the national stadium indicate that despite the chilly breeze on Sunday there was a good turnout of kilts, both adults and kids, at the Scotland-v- New Zealand match and, unlike the football supporters, most seemed to be the correct size with very few polyviscose...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 5 Responses Nov 12, 2012

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    Hogmanay Coming up to Hogmanay again.

    That's the original reason I got my own kilt again a few years back.
    malizz malizz 66-70, M 2 Responses Dec 19, 2013

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    The Kilt

    I love wareing kilts   , I wanted one when I was younger but my parents would not get me one , I had a freind who wore kilts at home , I was also in the scouts where some of the scouts wore kilts. I prefer kilts to trowsers any day , if people ask me why do I wear a...
    discovery60 discovery60 46-50 3 Responses Jun 5, 2009

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    Sporting Events In Scotland - 3 New Tartans The

    first is the official Ryder Cup tartan, designed by the tartan weaver, the second is the official Commonwealth Games tartan, designed by a Glasgow schoolboy, and the third the Commonwealth Games Scottish team tartan, designed by a fabric stylist. Would you wear any of these as a...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 4 Responses Mar 7

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    Reminiscing - Met up with a few old friends at

    the weekend (alas getting older and sadly fewer!) and as often happens on these occasions the conversation turned to our time in the Scouts, both as scouts and as leaders, when the highlight of the scouting year was the 2 week summer camp held under canvas, often somewhere on...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 4 Responses Mar 17

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    Free Drinks In France!

    Several years ago when I was on holiday in Brittany - it was mid-summer, very warm, and I was wearing just a T-shirt and shorts - going in to a cafe the waiter/proprietor promptly demanded to know why l'ecossais was not wearing a kilt, and we reached an understanding whereby I...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 4 Responses Jun 10, 2013

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    Kilted Soldiers

    Kilts have an incredibly strong military heritage, and there can be few things that fill most Scots with more pride than seeing our soldiers marching through the streets all dressed up in their dress uniforms and kilts. So I always think it's a real pity that when you see...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Jun 7, 2012

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    Mothballs I think I'll have to mothball the kilt

    as we're not getting out while the wife is unwell. Missed Hogmanay and the Burns supper was sold out be the time we go to the list...
    malizz malizz 66-70, M 5 Responses Jan 15

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