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Posted: 04-Nov-2007, 05:53 PM
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Hi everyone, I guess I'm asking the ladies for advice, however, if any gentleman wants to put his two cents in that's alright too. biggrin.gif
I want to have the entire "outfit" for the Scottish festivals I go to. I have ordered my Tartan sash but was unsure about the kilt. I don't know anyone who owns one around here. The saleslady at the store where I ordered the sash told me that most women want either the floor length or tea length kilt. I like the look of the knee length. Are there rules to what length a kilt should be for a lady? Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't tea length, half way between the knee and ankle? I would appreciate any advise any of you can give me.
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I can't advise you on the kilt length, but I can tell you that tea length is traditionally halfway between the knee and ankle. Basically mid-calf length.

I would think that the tea length would stay cleaner depending on where you are. If you are outside for any amount of time the floor length would get dusty/dirty/muddy/grass stained. Just my .02 smile.gif

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Posted: 05-Nov-2007, 03:02 PM
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crazy kilted celt makes them you could always pm him........all i can remember is that there is alot of yardage in a true kilt!!!!

i imagine the length you want to wear will depend alot on the weather as well wink.gif


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Posted: 07-Nov-2007, 12:36 PM
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If you are wearing your kilt to an outdoor event you wouldn't want to have a floor length kilt. The length depends on what you want. My daughter and I have a custom made kilt. My daughter is about 5'4 and she wanted a 21 inch length and I am about 5'3 and mine is 25 inches in length. My daughter opted for a deeper pleated kilt which flares out when she dances, so much so that she has to wear shorts under her kilt when she dances. My kilt doesn't have as many pleats

Depending on the event I wear a sash. It is all up to you.


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Posted: 07-Nov-2007, 06:52 PM
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I still don't know what I'll do yet. I like the full pleated look of the Mens kilt.The long kilt I was shown at the store wasn't pleated at all. sad.gif Thanks for your help . I will definitely be dancing in my kilt though so a long one is out of the question. HELP!
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Posted: 07-Nov-2007, 09:13 PM
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From a guy's perspective- pleats are a must!
My wife usually wears a tartan sash of our clan tartan to match my kilt, and we got her a cool celtic knot brooch at our last outing to go with it.


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Posted: 07-Nov-2007, 09:22 PM
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Do you mean...pleats on a woman's kilt or a mans? TandVh I like the pleats.
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Posted: 07-Nov-2007, 10:46 PM
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I know the book So You are Going to Wear the Kilt covers this, even down to what side the sash is worn on, but darned if I can find my copy right now. Anybody else have a copy handy?


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QUOTE (leenieww @ 07-Nov-2007, 09:22 PM)
Do you mean...pleats on a woman's kilt or a mans? TandVh I like the pleats.

Pleats are excellently appealing on a womans skirt/kilt. Of course, a kilt would not be a kilt if it didn't have pleats. ( a kilt is a man's garment, however, I'm certainly not one to deny a lady the chance to wear a kilt/skirt if desired)
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My daughter has a kilted skirt. Like I said before it flares out when she dances. I have pleats in mine but not as many.

If you are Scottish Country Dancing you wear your sash on you left shoulder. If you are not a SCD you wear your sash on you right shoulder.

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You can go traditional and wear a long tartan skirt, or wear what you please.
Most traditionalists will prefer you in a long skirt.
As a non traditional kiltmaker, I'll give you the same advice I give the guys: wear what you please.

Most guys, (including non traditional kiltmakers), will prefer you in a knee length skirt, kilt, or minikilt.

I host a monthly Kilts Night here in Vancouver. There are quite a few ladies in minikilts and they get a fair bit of attention and more than a few compliments.

The choice of what to wear is, (always), up to you!


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