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I Wear a Kilt

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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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    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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    Equality please! Reported in today's news

    that a man was given an 18 month jail sentence for taking sneak up-skirt photos/videos of females on the escalators at Edinburgh's Waverley Station and the Buchanan Galleries shopping centre in Glasgow. All we need now is for someone to be given a similar sentence for taking...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 66-70, M 5 Responses Jul 16

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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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    The Scottish Dancing display at Cruft's 2014

    was amazing. Just Google "Heelwork to music/cruft's 2014" and turn up the sound.
    Rasy Rasy 56-60, M 1 Response Feb 21

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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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    Bought my first kilt about a year

    and a half ago. Within a few months I was up to 4. Except for work (darn uniform policy) and maybe a half dozen or so other days, I've worn nothing but the kilts--and that includes for shoveling the sidewalks in the winter. It's just flat out more comfortable.
    davincidad davincidad 41-45, M 2 Responses May 19

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    In need of a new Kilt.

    Local weather is 85 to 104 F. anyone know of a good kilt for such heat?
    NoBodyKnowsMeLikeIKnowMe NoBodyKnowsMeLikeIKnowMe 26-30, M 1 Response Jun 13

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    some folks don't realise,

    they're being both sexist and racist,asking if I'm Scottish and why am I wearing a skirt, needless to say, I don't give their ignorant comments the satisfaction of an answer. sometimes it's an attempt at humour, not clever, not funny.
    Richard161 Richard161 46-50, M 4 Responses Jun 26

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    The old days - had a get-together with a few

    old friends at the weekend (all getting older and, sadly, fewer). As is usual on these occasions, once we had brought each other up to date with recent events the talk turned to reminiscing about our scouting days - we were together in the same scout group. However, on this...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 66-70, M 2 Responses Mar 2

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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 66-70, M 3 Responses Jul 22, 2013

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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 7 Responses Jun 25, 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 70 Responses Nov 23, 2009

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    Spring has at long last sprung - the

    heavyweight kilt is off to the back of the wardrobe for its summer hibernation and the medium weight has emerged blinking in the sunshine! If the weather keeps warming up at this rate the light-medium summer kilt may make its first appearance of the year earlier than normal.
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 66-70, M 6 Responses Apr 9

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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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    Kilts are not skirts,

    right! As is often asserted here, usually for the benefit of non-Scots, the kilt is Scotland's national dress, not a type of skirt. As a scientific test, compare what you may think wearing a kilt with the article below revealing things women secretly think wearing skirts. http...
    malizz malizz 66-70, M Jun 13

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    Wearing the Kilt as Uniform at Work.

    I was at a party at the weekend – there were four of us in kilts, and as tends to happen, I got chatting to the kilt-wearers about kilts, kilt-wearing, and all sorts of other things. One chap, Stephen, had a particularly interesting relationship with kilts. He works in a...
    IronBrewed IronBrewed 31-35, M 2 Responses 1 day ago

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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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    allychef allychef 36-40, M 3 Responses Jul 12

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    Kilted heaven. A dinner dance with nearly all

    the men (90% anyway) dressed in kilts, most of the rest in tartan breeks. None of the unwanted attention you get when you're in the minority. Thoroughly enjoyed.
    malizz malizz 66-70, M 2 Responses Feb 26

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    Season's Greetings - Just

    before the holiday season starts and everyone has better things to do than write to/read forums, I would just like to wish one and all a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year - lang may your pleats swing!
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 66-70, M 8 Responses Dec 19, 2014

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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 14 Responses Mar 20, 2009

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    Managed to make it to my first Pipe Band

    Competition of the new season at Dunbar on Saturday 16th May. By jings it felt more like the 16th December, it was so cold with storm force winds! With a bit of planning I heard all the Grade 2 bands compete and it proved to be a good contest. All the bands seemed to cope well...
    chanterone chanterone 66-70, M 3 Responses May 18

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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

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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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    I've been censored by EP!

    Was idly reviewing one of my previous posts (My Kilted History Part 1A) and decided to make a minor improvement to the wording in one paragraph - only when I tried to post the modified version I got a message from EP that it violated community guidelines and had been removed...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 66-70, M 3 Responses Mar 5

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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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    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 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 4 Responses Apr 24

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    Continuing on the subject of a woman lifting a

    man's kilt without being held to account for her actions. I was at a friends garden party last week and a neighbour, who'd only been invited out of politeness, arrived half cut. It didn't take long for her to become a complete pain. She came over to me and asked me if I...
    Rasy Rasy 56-60, M 4 Responses 2 days ago

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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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    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 1 Response 1 day ago

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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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    Solo kilting in England?

    What??! After the last post on the subject - my wife would have a fit. The cousin that inherited my school kilt is marrying for the third time in England. Neither of the previous two weddings were kilted, but there was a solitary kilt wearer from his wife's side at the latter...
    malizz malizz 66-70, M 2 Responses Feb 24

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    Are kilts becoming like buses - wait

    for ages then 3 come along together! Was in St Andrews over the weekend but will gloss over the usual difficulties of being kilted in gale force winds on Saturday apart from being the only kilt in sight - maybe the others blew away! On Sunday, however, 3 kilts converged on the...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 66-70, M 4 Responses Jun 7

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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 5 Responses Feb 18

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    Touch not the cat bot a glove;

    so says my kilt pin. Not that I pay much attention to it. My cat turns into a vicious wild animal when I play with her before letting her out in the morning. No sympathy from the wife for any scratches as she says I annoy her (the cat, that is). Still it's not as bad as the...
    malizz malizz 66-70, M 1 Response Mar 18

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    The Great British Sewing Bee - yes,

    really! Did anyone else watch tonight's episode? Stop laughing!! It's one of Mrs T's favourite programmes and I have to suffer (sorry watch) it too. The last item of each episode is what they call a technical challenge and tonight the challenge was to make a kilt (in 6 1/2...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 66-70, M 2 Responses Feb 26

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    The Tartan Army,about 3000 strong,

    marched (well, strolled) from the centre of Dublin to the Aviva Stadium at Lansdowne Road last Saturday ahead of the Euro football tie between Ireland and Scotland,ending 1-1. The aerial view from a rooftop is shown on Facebook and it seemed over 75% of the fans were wearing...
    deekilt deekilt 66-70, M Jun 15

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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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    New "old" question - spent some time in Ayr

    last week while attending the Women's British Open Golf at Turnberry and as usual the kilt prompted comments from passers-by. It has been my experience that when travelling in the East of Scotland the usual comments (apart from THAT question) have been "I do like to see a man in...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 66-70, M 1 Response 22 hrs ago

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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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    Some men get scared off of wearing a kilt

    because they think a kilt is a skirt which is a feminine garment. Many years ago an old pastor was confronted by an irate parishioner who was upset with the idea that women were now wearing pants and of course pants were men's garments so the ladies were cross dressing. The...
    HippyJoe HippyJoe 56-60, M 2 Responses Jun 21

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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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    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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