We all know the pictures of the brave Scotsmen in kilt running in the Highlands; and who would not like to be associated with that?!
A couple of years ago I got this beautiful vintage 1934 bespoke-made tweed kilt jacket and ever since considered to acquire a kilt, too. Only recently I got this lovely vintage kilt from my favourite Gentleman's Outfitter Hogspear. The kilt is in ancient Bruce tartan - really well made and heavy!
This weekend the kilt got it's first outing when my wife and I went hiking in the nearby National Park Rebild in Jutland, Denmark.
|Walking in the lovely hills of National Park Rebild. |
Vintage 1934 tweed kilt jacket; ancient Bruce tartan kilt; and a hand made sporran
It is a very unusual attire outside of Scotland and I gather opinions are quite ambigous whether it is all right or not for non-Scots to wear a kilt.
I believe that we non-Scots must tread carefully if wearing kilt; but done in a tasteful way and avoiding the most traditional Scottish stuff like Ghillies with long laces and formal attire kilt is for all Gentlemen in my book. For countryside pursuits that is.
A great inspiration is HRH Prince Charles who again and again sport the best kilt attire I have ever seen.
|My vintage kilt in ancient Bruce tartan from kiltmaker Jonathan Ross, Inverness, Scotland|
My first time in kilt went quite well - took less of manning up than expected. It felt great to wear a kilt in the heathery hills; but only because the rest of the attire matched the purpose, too.
Even my wife was OK with my choice of attire when she finally saw me in kilt.
|Wandering with grassing sheep|
|Weather was perfect for strains of walking up & down the hills. I have read that kilt jackets are not meant for closing, but I go for practicality and when the weather is breezy I find my "portly" closing quite handy. For details see an old post on my kilt jacket: link|
|HRH Prince Charles looks stunning in kilt! I have pinned a few pics of Gentlemen in kilt at Pinterest: link|