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HOW TO WEAR A KILT
First – and most importantly – the kilt is worn much higher than a pair of trousers or jeans. It is worn level with the belly button. Length should fall on the centre of the knee.
Putting on the kilt
1. Lay out the kilt pleats to the back
2. Pull round under apron right to left and pass strap through the hole and buckle.
3. Wrap top apron left to right over right hip.
4. Strap to the buckle.
5. Adjust top edge to fall together.
6. The broad belt and buckle should be threaded through the belt loops at the back and fastened tightly level with the top edge of the kilt.
7. The strap for the sporran may be fastened through the belt loops, but it is usually better to position it on top of the back of the kilt, permitting the sporran to fall approximately 5cms below the belt buckle.
8. Kilt hose is worn folded 4-5 cms below the kneecap.
9. Flashes are placed on the outside of the leg with a sock fold covering the strap.
10.Tying your shoes. Cross the laces of your brogues and pull into a knot. Twist the laces three times and tighten to create a thong. Draw the laces behind the back of the ankle, return to the front and tie a bow. Allow laces and toggles to hang to the front.
For normal daywear e.g. Attending church, a Harris Tweed jacket or similar would generally be worn in a plain or muted pattern.
However, for dress occasions, such as weddings or evening events, a more formal jacket such as a Prince Charlie or Argyle would be worn. These may be in colours such a navy or green, but black retains the most impact.
These formal events are accessorised with dinner shirts with either a wing or standard collars and bow ties.
It is becoming increasingly popular to wear a kilt for dances and events that do not require the formality of a jacket.
A ghillie shirt is ideal for wearing with a kilt. A white shirt with bat-wing sleeves and laced at the front combines the drama of the kilt with the fun of dancing.
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