Blog: Tartan tribute

Joe Ayling | 18 May 2010

Scotland's very masculine version of what many of us call a skirt - the kilt - has won praise as the globe's most popular traditional garment.

The kilt, first worn by men in the Scottish Highlands hundreds of years ago, has maintained a timeless appeal for trendsetters and fancy dress goers alike.

It fended off the kimono and grass skirt to the top-spot in a survey by travel group Sunshine.

While designers like the late Alexander McQueen were able to reinvigorate the kilt into a contemporary item, it is also a popular choice for wedding day attire in Scotland.

"The kilt is one of the most iconic fashion outfits in the world," Tessa Hartmann, Scottish Fashion Awards organiser, tells just-style.

"Designers continue to do different things with it; people like Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood and the late Alexander McQueen have had great fun with the kilt. If you can pull off [wearing] a kilt, you can excel. It's much more of a statement than a black tie."

Scotland isn't short on products of timeless heritage - just look at haggis, bagpipes and Scotch whiskey - and it seems the kilt has also found a nifty balance between old and new.

Furthermore, the survey also found that most women find men wearing kilts more attractive, so, chaps, it might just be worth finding out what your family tartan is.


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