Englishman in a Kilt

by Andy Collyer
(Somerset)

I began wearing kilts by accident.


I have always liked the kilt as a garment and always wanted one, but had never had the money (or the guts) to buy one.

I mentioned this one day at work (I teach performing arts) and a colleague disappeared into the costume cupboard and came back with a kilt!

Plain black and not of great quality, but a kilt nonetheless.

I loved it! It was so comfortable to wear and incredibly flattering!

It was then I decided to find a kilt of my own.

Budget is an issue for me, so I bought what has been described on this site as a 'Tartan Skirt' or three.

Since then, I haven't looked back and have now been trouser less for 2 months.

I also enjoy the ritual involved in putting the kilt on, and the accessories that are part of the look, kilt pin, sporran etc.

I love the elegance of the kilt, the way it makes me walk proudly, and the fact that people do look and engage me in conversation.

I have had many, many compliments.

I know that to many Scots, the wearing of the kilt as a kind of fashion item, may seem utterly wrong.

But here's one Englishman who would like to say thank you to Scotland, for the invention of this wonderful item of clothing.

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Up the kilt
by: Cardiffgardener@gmail.com

I've wanted to wear a kilt ever since watching a military tattoo as a child. I recently took the plunge, I've a bit of Scottish, a bit of irish and a bit of Manx blood. I love my kilt. Wear it as often as I can and I'm off to Edinburgh next week to order another. Its a great conversation starter. People stop to chat all the time and although my kids think I'm the nutter in the kilt in Cardiff I'm not going back to the boring sweaty restrictions of trousers. If you are thinking of doing it, just do it. It takes some balls and people are always asking me if I'm scottish, which my wife finds irritating.

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Hey for the kilt.
by: Anonymous

The wearing o' the kilt is the most pleasurable experience i have ever had, and you get to talk to folk because they are intriged or jealous. I ignore rude comments when they come, or the inevitable ( what's under your kilt )I have a selection of kilts, 14 all told. I actively encourage my scotty friends to brush off the dust and wear their kilts. Keep up the good work !!

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Numpties...
by: Anonymous

I do, I will and there certainly isn't!

I had a chat today in Morrisson's car park with a Scot (rare in Somerset!) who admired my kilt, thought I was brave to wear it and enquired as to the tartan (Macleod of Harris).

I always chat to folk who comment on the kilt, unless they're numpties who shout out "Och aye, the noo!" or, as yesterday, in broad daylight, thus making a bit of a mockery of the quote, "It's a braw bricht moonlit nicht the nicht", which made me fear for his sanity...

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Hey for the kilt.
by: Anonymous

Wear it with pride and enjoy all the lovely comments ,nothing quite like a kilt !!

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