A kilt is a type of skirt worn in Scotland, Ireland and other countries as part of traditional dress. It first became popular in the 16th century after King Henry VIII banned the wearing of tartan to prevent rebellion against his Tudor dynasty. The plaid was originally made from wool and woven with black-and-white threads.
However, these days they are usually made from cotton or polyester blends that provide greater comfort while still retaining their original appearance. Kilts were traditionally worn by men but can now be donned by women and children alike!
In this blog post I will teach you how to wear a kilt so you can join your friends for Burns Night (a Scottish celebration honoring poet Robert Burns) with some extra traditional flair.
The first step is to find a kilt that fits you well and matches your personal style, both in terms of colors as well as how formal it is.
Next up, the waistband! As with any other skirt or trousers you put on, the hem should be positioned at the right height for you.
Once you have a kilt that’s a perfect fit, it’s time to consider how formal the occasion is and choose an appropriate length for your hemline. For Burns Night celebrations, most people wear kilts at knee-length; if this applies to you then no further action is needed! However, if wearing yours above or below the knee, you might want to consider how this will affect your shoes:
A. If wearing a kilt above the knee, wear boots or heavier footwear with at least ½ inch of heel (or more). In order for them not to sink into the earth and get stuck in mud or snow during an outdoor Burns Night celebration, they’ll need to be taller than the ground.
B. If wearing a kilt below the knee, wear shoes with less heels or flats for outdoors; dressier evening footwear is fine too as long as they are not heels higher than ½ inch (or more). For indoors and winter streetwear, you’ll want something on your feet that won’t give you a cold, so heels are not recommended.
Note: This blog post is written for the female wearing a kilt; however male wearers will also need to know how to wear their kilts properly in order to avoid embarrassment or ridicule!
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A. If wearing a kilt above the knee, wear boots with a thick sole/heel that will not sink into the earth and get stuck in mud or snow during an outdoor Burns Night celebration, they’ll need to be taller than the ground.
B. If wearing a kilt below the knee, wear shoes with less heels or flats for outdoors; dressier evening footwear is fine too as long as it’s not too high.
C. If wearing a kilt below the knee and also wants to wear shoes, use something that has an elastic strap or lace-up front so they don’t have to worry about tripping or stepping on their skirt if indoors.
D. Kilts come in many different fabrics; some are more dressy so if it’s an evening event and you’re wearing a kilt, make sure the fabric is suitable.
E. Kilts are typically worn with a jacket or shirt underneath so don’t forget to bring/wear one!
F. If there will be large crowds of people at the event, wear something under your kilt too – don’t just wear a kilt to an event where it’s expected that people will be rubbing up against one another in their under clothing.
G. Kilts are not appropriate for some occasions so if there is any question about whether the type of kilt or occasion would be appropriate, ask someone at the venue before wearing anything!
H. Kilts are typically worn with a belt.
I. The kilt pin is the only accessory that should be noticeable from the front of your outfit, other than perhaps an argyle sock and appropriate shoes (such as brogues).
J. If you’re wearing pants under your kilt, make sure they match – thick woolen socks are a good idea too, to keep your feet warm.
K. When wearing underwear with the kilt, it’s best to wear white briefs/boxers or thin cotton boxers for their breathability and ease of use when going potty.