When people think of a kilt, the image that usually comes to mind is the traditional kind. That should be no surprise considering that, in a lot of visual media, kilts are often used in depicting anything Scottish. Along with the distinctive Scottish accent and bagpipes, a traditional plaid kilt is the most recognizable feature of Celtic culture for the rest of the world.
First developed around the 16 th century, kilts were simple knee-length garments that had pleats and an upper half that looped around the wearer’s shoulder. What we recognize today as the “modern” kilt was first introduced in the 1700s. This version did away with the upper half of the garment, and had the pleats sewn in place, making it ideal for working conditions out in the field or in factories.
Nowadays, people mostly see kilts during Highland festivals and formal occasions. However, wearing a kilt can be more than about showing off one’s Scottish ancestry. Kilts make practical alternatives to trousers, and are certainly eye-catching fashion statements.
You don’t have to worry about looking old-fashioned, too. Today, contemporary kilts come in different fabrics and patterns. You no longer have to settle for just wool and plaid, but have a choice of leather, denim, and corduroy, with plain designs. Admittedly, you can’t just walk into a clothing store and buy a kilt. However, there are many online shops, like UT Kilts, which offer high-quality kilts for sale and deliver to your home. Kilts are also worn best with the proper accessories, so you might also want to order kilt belts, sporrans (special pouches that go with kilts), socks, and even jackets.
Kilts are very easy and convenient to wear. To begin, wrap the kilt around your waist, ensuring the pleats are positioned at the back. The kilt should be worn around your natural waist and not above or below, with the two aprons overlapping. You will then need to buckle the aprons. Pull the right apron’s strap out to a comfortable length then fasten the left apron’s strap to the buckles on the right strap. Adjust the tightness to your comfort.
After walking around in your kilt for some time, you will appreciate the freedom of movement and the comfortable feeling it allows. You may even find yourself preferring it to traditional trousers for daily use!
(Source: A secret history of the kilt, The Independent, April 10, 2011)