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I Wear a Kilt

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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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    Just returned from a stay down on the Galloway

    coast and what a wonderful coastline it is along the Solway. And like a contributor to this site said a while ago, " A much over looked part of Scotland "
    Rasy Rasy 56-60, M 6 Responses Sep 24

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    Autumn is definitely here - the lighter weight

    summer kilts have been stored away at the back of the wardrobe and the medium weight is back out for it's second stint of the year!
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 9 Responses Oct 12

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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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    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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    Hedge your bets. If you're not confident about

    going as a True Scotsman, why not carry a handy pair of briefs in your sporran? You can always put them on again if you feel the need to cover yourself. Or you could do it the other way round and take them off when you were fine with it, as seems more common in this experience...
    malizz malizz 66-70, M 2 Responses Jul 31

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    Holidays - Been away

    for a few days holiday on the south coast of Scotland's southernmost county (Englandshire). Co-coincided with heatwave so dress for the day was either polo shirt, kilt and sandals with no socks or - shock, horror - shorts. When kilted nothing but complimentary remarks but the...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 4 Responses Aug 11

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    How common is it to see someone hill walking

    wearing a kilt? I spent a few days walking in the Boarders Hills a couple of years ago. One of the walks was a long distance walk which took all day. I decided to do it kilted, so I wore a shorter casual kilt, which sits just above the knee. I find this length more...
    Rasy Rasy 56-60, M 5 Responses Aug 2

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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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    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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    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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    And I thought I was good at tartans!

    In Edinburgh for the day to enjoy the festive atmosphere - spotted 3 kilts apart from the usual busking pipers (who were both well off key!). The first was in Princes Street but the kilt was sadly all but hidden under a long coat - with only about a quarter inch of kilt showing...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 3 Responses 2 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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    Canadian soldier's funeral - Without wishing to

    detract in the slightest from the solemnity (or sadness) of the occasion, just wondered whether anyone else thought that the tall pallbearer at the back was wearing what appeared to be, even by army standards, a noticeably short kilt.
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 1 Response Oct 25

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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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    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 Jul 25

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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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    SingToTheSiren SingToTheSiren 31-35, F 17 Responses 4 days ago

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    Referendum advice http://www.

    dunfermlinepress.com/news/roundup/articles/2014/09/18/510171-aye-do-dunfermline-couples-cheeky-referendum-wedding-theme/
    malizz malizz 66-70, M 4 Responses Sep 18

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    the kilted key man http://www.

    northdevonhospice.org.uk/event/event/the-kilted-key-man.ashx
    malizz malizz 66-70, M 2 Responses Sep 12

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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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    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 Jul 25

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    malizz malizz 66-70, M 1 Response Sep 28

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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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    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 7 Responses Jun 7

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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 3 Responses May 31

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    Windy Stirling Castle - was at Stirling Castle

    yesterday and spotted a "mature" gent (ie my age!) in a very nice MacDonald Of The Isles tartan kilt giving a masterful demonstration of how to cope with a billowing kilt in the gusting wind - well done sir, although the usual suspects (camera wielding Japanese tourists) did...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 2 Responses Nov 2

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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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    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 61-65, M 7 Responses 6 days ago

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    A nasty case... http://www.

    thecourier.co.uk/news/local/dundee/dundee-taxi-driver-stuck-his-hand-up-passenger-s-kilt-1.630728?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed
    malizz malizz 66-70, M 2 Responses Oct 20

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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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    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 1 Response May 25

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    Kilt Walks - I see the Daily Record/Sunday Mail

    is taking over from the Sunday Post as the main Kilt Walk sponsor for 2015. The Post did a good job, but in terms of wider publicity coverage I would think it must be better having a daily rather than a weekly paper as the main sponsor. Perhaps the Record's photo editor may...
    scottishkilt scottishkilt 51-55, M 2 Responses Dec 3

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    St Andrews - was in St Andrews this evening to

    watch the Beating Of The Retreat performed by the City of St Andrews Pipe Band. Apparently this is an annual but very poorly publicised event held each year on or about St Andrews Day. The band was very good but although the rain had gone off before the start, the band opted...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats 61-65, M 1 Response Nov 27

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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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    I was on holiday in july in scotland

    and saw a man in full highland dress and as i turned a corner his kilt blew right up to reveal the biggest pair of girls school pants I have ever seen.He was so embarrassed that we engaged in conversation and have used E mail but as I live in the South of England I cannot take...
    dicksmithh dicksmithh 70+, M 3 Responses Sep 8

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 11 Responses Jul 7

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    At Edinburgh Airport today; surprising number

    of kilts on view considering they will be nearly all be travelling furth of Scotland and most travellers won't be Scots anyway.
    malizz malizz 66-70, M 2 Responses Sep 25

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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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    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...