I Wear a Kilt

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 359 People

    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

    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
    52 Responses Nov 23, 2009

    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
    5 Responses Apr 18, 2011

    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
    4 Responses Jun 25, 2012

    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
    6 Responses Jun 18, 2012

    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
    Oct 15, 2012

    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

    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
    2 Responses Jul 22, 2013

    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
    46-50, M
    11 Responses Sep 28, 2010

    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

    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
    61-65, M
    2 Responses Aug 3, 2015

    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
    1 Response Oct 3, 2012

    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

    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
    2 Responses May 31, 2014

    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
    4 Responses Dec 30, 2012

    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

    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
    2 Responses Jun 22, 2015

    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
    11 Responses Mar 20, 2009

    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
    10 Responses Oct 7, 2010

    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
    4 Responses Jun 5, 2009

    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
    51-55, M
    4 Responses Nov 14, 2013

    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
    2 Responses Feb 8, 2015

    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
    70+, M
    2 Responses Sep 3, 2015

    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
    4 Responses Jul 16, 2015

    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
    61-65, M
    4 Responses Sep 28, 2015

    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
    5 Responses Dec 19, 2014

    I have found a webb page

    which I am sure will interest my friends who have visited the Highland Games during their lives. This webb page is a photographic record of the games from 1900 to 1960. mashable.com/2016/02/08/highlandgames. Kiltiekid...15.3.16
    kiltiekid kiltiekid
    70+, M
    3 Responses Mar 15, 2016

    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
    5 Responses Nov 28, 2010

    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
    6 Responses Jun 7, 2012

    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
    8 Responses May 21, 2012

    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

    Beware On The Ferry2

    kilt1’s experiences on the Oban-Mull ferry reminded me of one time when I was but a young scout.  We were going to the island of Islay for our summer camp, and in those days the recognised route was to take the train to Gourock, sail by MacBrayne’s ferry from Gourock to...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats
    66-70, M
    11 Responses Aug 8, 2011

    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

    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

    Solo Kilting at an English Wedding.

    I was at wedding down in England a few weeks back, and as usual at any wedding, I was wearing my kilt (Weathered MacRae, with a charcoal crail jacket, waistcoat, white shirt, silver tie, grey formal sporran, grey socks and black ghillies on this occasion, for anyone interested...
    IronBrewed IronBrewed
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Jan 31, 2015

    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
    66-70, M
    3 Responses Nov 12, 2012

    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

    Either I'm getting old

    and forgetful or wearing a kilt is becoming too much of a habit - several times now when wearing trousers I've forgotten to fasten the fly up! In the same way as once the kilt straps are fastened round the waist the kilt is on, I've fastened the waistband of the trousers...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats
    66-70, M
    3 Responses Jan 30, 2015

    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
    66-70, M
    3 Responses Jun 10, 2013

    Some may have read stories of childhood kilting

    here and seen references to a bodice kilt - well this is what it looks like.  Small boys don't develop the body shape which will enable a kilt to stay up by itself until they're about 6yo, so until then they often wear this style of kilt.  The vest (bodice) and kilt...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats
    66-70, M
    1 Response May 25, 2015

    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
    2 Responses May 18, 2015

    Was out walking the Cornish cliffs in my Kilt

    and Argyll jacket, correctly dressed in my shirt and tie. Nice warm Indian Summer. Not enough wind to make my Kilt rise and be troublesome. Hot sunbathing weather in the garden. Temperature 64 in garden. down to 58 when I got home at 6 pm. First day of October 2015 Met a...
    kiltiekid kiltiekid
    70+, M
    6 Responses Oct 1, 2015

    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...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Jun 15, 2015

    Tartanpleats, I was pondering over

    who the Kilt Purists are when I remembered an experience at a classic vehicle show last year.Nice sunny day. I was wearing a Kilt and standing next to some friends. A gentleman came up to me and said ; " I have a Kilt at home. Is that your clan Kilt ? " " No , this is not my...
    kiltiekid kiltiekid
    70+, M
    1 Response Feb 7, 2016

    The original porage oats .

    Established 1880. The illustration on the current cereal packet shows a Kilted contestant prearing to use his energy and skill to put his shot. He looks very muscular and looks as if he has an early sixties hairstyle. There is a Loch and mountains in the backgroung. I can...
    kiltiekid kiltiekid
    70+, M
    3 Responses Feb 9, 2016

    Kilted in Dublin. I was over in Dublin

    for the Scotland Six Nations game at the weekend, and was very impressed by the number of kilts I saw – definitely a much higher percentage of the Scotland supporters wearing kilts than I expected (or that you would see at an average Murrayfield game, for that matter). A...
    IronBrewed IronBrewed
    31-35, M
    Mar 20, 2016
    allychef allychef
    41-45, M
    4 Responses Jul 12, 2015

    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
    61-65, M
    3 Responses Sep 27, 2015

    Has spring finally sprung?

    It's tempting to think so, with recent dry days, blue skies and the temperature rising. If this keeps up the winter kilt will be going away and the medium weight emerging from hibernation at Easter for its "season", something I thought only a few days ago had no chance of...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats
    66-70, M
    5 Responses Mar 21, 2016

    And it's goodbye from me.

    After 5 years, 96 stories(!) and countless responses, with the pending demise of EP I have decided that this is an appropriate time to hang up the tartan keyboard and join in obscurity the many who were active participants when I first joined but have long since ceased to...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats
    66-70, M
    1 Response Mar 29, 2016

    TARTAN ON THE WALLS. Tartanpleats.

    I heard a story last week concerning a Kilt Maker who used the remenants from a contract to make his wife a set of Tartan curtains and a Tartan table cloth ;-...........how would the house rules apply if guests came round to dine for a tartan evening ? KIltiekid..2.3.16.
    kiltiekid kiltiekid
    70+, M
    Mar 2, 2016

    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
    9 Responses Jan 18, 2010

    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
    11 Responses Jun 28, 2009

    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
    12 Responses Mar 31, 2010

    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
    5 Responses Dec 23, 2011

    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
    11 Responses Jan 15, 2012

    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

    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
    6 Responses Mar 12, 2009

    Clan Macfarlane

    I am John Alasdair Charles McFarlane. I wear a kilt (partly) because I have a fantastic family history. The Macfarlane clan story is rich in tales of cattle rustling and being at odds with the Macgregors (Rob Roy especially). Our territory was the western shore of Loch...
    obcar13 obcar13
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Oct 8, 2010

    Edinburgh

    Visitors to Edinburgh arriving by train will be pleased to learn that the direct exit from Waverley Station to Princes Street via the Waverley Steps has recently reopened after a lengthy (well, it is Edinburgh after all!) modernisation scheme - roofed over with new steps and...
    tartanpleats tartanpleats
    66-70, M
    4 Responses Feb 24, 2012
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