So you think you can wear tartan?

Written by Rufus Steele

I want a kilt - can I have it in Tartan?

Simple answer is yes.

The same as anything you buy for sustained use, you have a few choices to make. But nothing to taxing.

The most common misconception that people have is that if there is a particular tartan design they like that is associated to a specific family - or clan as they are called in Scotland - then they aren't allowed to wear it.

Well, not strictly true! Not anymore, anyway.

Understandably, if you are planning on dining or socialising with any severe traditionalists then you might be wiser to avoid wearing a clan tartan if you aren't actually entitled to by family connections.

But inrepparttar main stream - this isn't an issue that will affect most of us.

But there are other choices you need to be aware of, such as what weight of tartan kilt do you want?

The choices are light (6 - 12oz), medium (13 - 14oz) or heavy (15 - 18oz).

The light kilt is highly suitable for hot climates and forrepparttar 143812 more relaxed functions. The drawbacks to a light to medium weight kilt is that it won't "hang" and "move" like a medium to heavy weight kilt will do.

Bear in mind thatrepparttar 143813 design of a kilt hasrepparttar 143814 pleats torepparttar 143815 back and moving forward torepparttar 143816 sides. The front is a flat hang. The heavierrepparttar 143817 kilt,repparttar 143818 more natural movement and straightness you will enjoy.

Is the Kilt making a full blooded come back?

Written by Rufus Steele

The Kilt has beenrepparttar target of many a joke and ribald comment for more years than it can probably remember!

But is it fair for it to berepparttar 143811 butt of so many jokes?

After all, not only isrepparttar 143812 Kilt a recognised fashion item in it's own right, it's also more importantly a world recognised symbol of a country andrepparttar 143813 fierce national pride contained within!

Many a soldier has shuddered and shaken in fear in centuries gone when faced with a Scottish Warrior, kilt swirling in steadfast defiance of normality, broadsword or other razor sharp lethal weapon cutting huges scythes inrepparttar 143814 air as he charged.

Indeed, many fields of war were won purely byrepparttar 143815 arrival of Scotsmen dressed in their tradional tartan kilts. To many,repparttar 143816 knowledge thatrepparttar 143817 wearer wore nothing underneath was cause enough to panic! Add to thisrepparttar 143818 ferocity of such a warrior and not many would stand up in front of them.

But ever since those heady days of hand to hand combat and battles fought face to face, some ofrepparttar 143819 mystery and folklore ofrepparttar 143820 Kilt remains. Ideas that you can only wear a Tartan Kilt if you are a member of that clan still abide today, wrongly in many cases.

Maybe this stops some people wearing a kilt?

Or doesrepparttar 143821 fear of society's view of a man effectively wearing what many still describe as a skirt also play a strong part?

But then what of those men among us who are recognised as beingrepparttar 143822 manliest of men? Does wearing a kilt reduce their appearance and reputation at all? Famous celebrities such as Sean Connery, Billy Connely, Ewan McGregor or Mel Gibson?

How many women did - and still would - swoon clean away to see Mel Gibson walking towards them, kilt swaying in time to his steps? I strongly suspect - most! It would not be a swoon induced by dislike or scorn neither, more of one where they're opinion has been enhanced as torepparttar 143823 character and strength ofrepparttar 143824 man involved.

I hadrepparttar 143825 great pleasure of wearing a kilt many, many years ago when I was 6. The occassion was as a Page Boy for my Uncle and Aunts wedding. White ruffled shirt, red and blue tartan kilt with sporran and shoes.repparttar 143826 only thing missing wasrepparttar 143827 Dirk. For some reason never suitably explained by my parents, they seemed very nervous of letting their 6 year old offspring walk around with a small dagger shoved intorepparttar 143828 top of his sock! Spoilsports!

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