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I Wear a Kilt

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 Apr 20

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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 61-65, M 8 Responses Jun 18, 2012

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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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    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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    Warning to hikers I see the experts are

    forecasting a good (bad?) summer for ticks this year. Three things to remember are:- (1) stay out of bracken/long grass etc which is long enough to reach the bottom edge of the kilt - it is too easy for ticks to hook on to the pleats unseen (2) wear light coloured socks so...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 4 Responses May 8

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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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    Did anyone see the Kilted Red Hot Chilli

    Piper's Band on the "One Show" BBC1 today. I thought it was good and the crowd were enjoying it.
    Rasy Rasy 56-60, M 2 Responses Jul 21

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    The only way is Wessex.

    Nice to see a picture of Prince Edward in a kilt at his old school. Pity he wasn't wearing one when visiting the General Assembly although some of his minders were..
    malizz malizz 66-70, M 1 Response May 22

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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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    KiltWalk Want to go on a KiltWalk

    but think the full distance of 26 miles a bit far and might even be slightly embarrassed at attempting the 13 mile half-walk when the others stride off into the distance? Fear not - for us less fit there are 2 separate Wee Walks of only 5 miles each being held in Fife this year...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 6 Responses May 20

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    Under the Kilt I was at a wedding recently

    where most of the men were kilted and, and there was a fair range of ages (though as usual, a much higher proportion of the younger guys were kilted than those in their 40s and above). In the course of the event and the evening reception it was hard to avoid - as is often the...
    IronBrewed IronBrewed 26-30, M 6 Responses Jun 7

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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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    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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    Wearing My Kilt

    I first wore a kilt when I was in the scouts, one of the scout leaders wore a kilt and he looked great in it, so I wanted one to wear, probably did not realise then that it was the gay part of me that attracted me to the scout leader. Soon my parents got me a kilt which I...
    eoghan99 eoghan99 51-55, M 2 Responses Nov 9, 2010

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    Commonwealth Games - was watching the swimming

    presentations last night - the medal bearers smartly dressed in blue kilts and waistcoats - if only!! The black kilt baton presentation part at the Opening Ceremony was well done - almost enough to tempt me to get a black kilt and even Mrs T liked it and she has always vetoed...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

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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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    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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    Pink Ribbonwalk anyone.

    Sorry, I inadvertently deleted this one; the comment I was trying to make was that the post event publicity shows that it was almost exclusively a female show - and no sign of the lad in the pink kilt. So a bit of a red herring altogether. Sorry again. They're holding a walk...
    malizz malizz 66-70, M 2 Responses Jun 16

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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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    The Scottish Team parade uniform

    for the Commonwealth Games was unveiled yesterday - to almost universal cries of derision.  The most positive statement anyone was able to make was that "it will be noticed"! - and so it will, but alas for all the wrong reasons.With an enthralling Wimbledon Men's tennis...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 12 Responses Jul 7

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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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    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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    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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    Finally success in Edinburgh!

    Spotted another kilt wearer but in the rush to get a quick photo alas cut his head off with the phone camera! Would guess aged mid/late 20s - nice kilt and good length - just a shame about the white socks!
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 4 Responses May 2

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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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    Kilts In The Family

    I started wearing a kilt when my mother got married to my stepfather. About a month before the wedding he brought my first kilt over and showed my how to wear it. It was a little embarrassing at first. He was a traditional guy...so nothing under. I went out to show my mom and...
    jayk100 jayk100 36-40 4 Responses May 8, 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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    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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    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 71 Responses Nov 23, 2009

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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 26-30, M 2 Responses May 31

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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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    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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    Wedding kilts Was at a wedding at the weekend

    where all the males in the wedding party plus about 50% of the male guests were kilted - the wedding party and about 75% of the other kilts were all Grey Granite and whilst I have nothing against that particular tartan actually it was a bit of relief from the sea of grey/black...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 5 Responses Jun 2

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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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    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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    Gardening Scotland/Royal Highland Show Don't

    think I'll manage to get to either this year - the RHS is usually good for several father/son kilted combinations.
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 2 Responses May 25

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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 5 Responses Mar 7

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    Fathers Day

    Well I had a wonderful Fathers Day! My three sons and I put on our kilts and went out to eat with my amazing wife! We got a few compliments, a few sideways glances, and a couple questions...which interestingly, the boys mostly handled. So I just got to sit back and enjoy...
    jayk100 jayk100 36-40 2 Responses Jun 17, 2013

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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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    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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    Kilts in the streets.

    For those who enjoy seeing kilts being worn in the streets, the place to be is St Andrews where the annual RSCDS summer school started last Sunday and is on until 17 August - it's great to go there for the day and not be the only kilt around.
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    New Experience

    today my friend and I wear wearing our kilts around town after our pipe band practice. I was enjoying the walk until a group of girls asked if I was being true. they walked over to us and lifted our kilts and said look at the knickers off this boy. are they your moms? they walked...
    kiltedboy kiltedboy 22-25, M 4 Responses May 5, 2013

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 15 Responses Sep 28, 2010

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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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    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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