Thursday, 3 July 2008

Accidental kilt van

A truly Scottish offering for you today. I was trying to take a picture of the gorgeous Ramsay Garden apartments below the castle, when this van turned up and stopped right in front of me on the Mound, as if trying to say - here I am! Pick me! Pick me! So I did.

In Scotland today, kilts - and particularly the full Highland Dress outfits such as shown here - are a perfectly acceptable alternative to a suit or morning suit. They're often worn at weddings and other official events. At ceilidhs (Scottish dances, best thing ever!) kilts are often worn with a more informal, 'Jacobite' shirt - mainly because it'd be way too hot to wear the kind of heavy jacket seen above!

6 comments:

Clueless in boston said...

I think kilts like that look very formal and is a definite look.

There was an American actor, Gary Merrill, who tried to set a trend of men wearing skirts much like the Scottish kilt, but it never caught on; maybe he was just ahead of his time:)

USelaine said...

I'm glad Boston gave me the lead-in, because back in early May, we had a miserable heatwave (long before the forest fires started). I went in to the local hardware store, and a fit and confident young man helped my find what I needed - and he was wearing a tan-colored twill fabric skirt, sewn with kilt-like deep pleats, with a hemline a few inches above the knee. If ever there was a day for added air-circulation, that was it! He did not look odd at all. Well, I didn't think so.

David said...

The kilt is indeed the most versatile garment imaginable, and can be worn to almost any event you can name.

And you can find it being worn all over the world, making it without doubt the most famous outfit there is.

For a comprehensive guide to the kilt and its accessories visit www.your-kilt.com

Jackie said...

Great picture there, I had a quick phwoar moment when I saw it :) (too bad they're only drawings - the real thing is much sexier!).

Petrea said...

Great post, I love your photo and the story behind it. I'm cool in my summer dress; seems like men should have that option.

Dido said...

Clueless in Boston: there are also the so-called 'designer kilts', i.e. no tartan, just black or pin-striped. Our one-time First Minister was slated for wearing one to Tartan Day in New York one year.

Elaine and David: I agree, they look great! (Though they shouldn't really be above the knee, just on it...)

Jackie: I know!! (Why do you think I was compelled to take the picture ;-)? )

Petra: I agree, though I'm not sure how cool they are - proper kilts are made of a lot of heavy material. And I'm told the woollen socks are really itchy...