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General Kilt F.A.Q .

Here are some short answers to some Frequently Asked Questions, with links to help you find out more. With wonderful websites like "A Kilted Life" and "Kilt Day" available, there is really no need for me to go into too much detail here.
 

Q.

Why would I want to wear a kilt?

A.

Every kilt wearer has his own reason for choosing a kilt, but the most popular reasons seem to be:

  1. Itís comfortable.
  2. With 6 billion people on Earth, you have to do SOMETHING to set yourself apart.
  3. Itís comfortable.

More: www.kiltmen.com
 

Q.

Donít you have to be Irish to wear a kilt?

A.

Actually kilts are a recent introduction in Ireland. Scotland is the originator, and main source, of traditional kilts.
 

Q.

Okay, donít I have to be SCOTTISH to wear a kilt?

A.

No. If you are of Scottish heritage, your family may come from a clan, and that clan probably has an official tartan (or two). It is considered good taste not to wear the tartan of a clan you are not a member of, just like you shouldnít wear a "Hellís Angels" jacket if you arenít one. But there are also tartans that anyone can wear, including an American tartan.

All that aside, Pittsburgh Kilts are not made of any tartan, and therefore nobody has a say about who should wear one. You no more have to be Scottish to wear a kilt than you have to be Chinese to enjoy wonton soup.

More: www.KiltDay.com
 

Q.

Arenít kilts supposed to be plaid?

A.

Thatís not plaid you are thinking of, it is called a tartan. See the previous answer for more about that. And no, kilts do not have to be a tartan. Even in Scotland, casual-wear kilts come in solid natural colors, and some dress kilts are all black.

More:www.tartans.scotland.net
 

Q.

Itís that a skirt? Isnít that a dress? Arenít those for girls? Isnít that gay?

A.

A kilt is a style of skirt. It is not a dress, and it is not intended for ladies (although ladies can and do wear them.) The kilt is designed for men to wear, and is a masculine garment. Gay men can and do wear kilts, but wearing one does not mean you are gay. Gay men also wear trousers, shirts, hats, and wristwatches, and some enjoy wonton soup.

More: www.kiltmen.com
 

Q.

What do you wear under a kilt?

A.

The short answer: Anything you want.

More: www.KiltDay.com -- "The Question"
 

Q.

Where can I learn more?

A.

Besides the links above, one of the best sources for information about the modern kilt movement is the X Marks the Scot website. This site has various kilt-related articles, news items, and a great forum for discussion about kilts.

X Marks the Scot
 

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