Some guys display pictures of their grandkids, some show off their newest hunting dog. I just show off my kilts!
(Click on any of the pictures below for a larger view.)
The Amerikilt in denim
Worn with sandals and rugby shirt for a casual look. (The AK matching sporran is not worn in this photo.)
|For a low priced kilt, the Amerikilt is good value, but there is less fabric. Here one can see the pleats, which are fewer than on "traditional" kilts. This fabric is said to soften with wear and washing, but initially it's a bit on the stiff side..|
Stillwater Standard Kilt, Black Watch tartan
Shown here in a more formal style with leather sporran, navy blue blazer, tie and black dress shoes.
|The SWK is manufactured in Pakistan, but is a more traditional style and tartan. The fabric is acrylic, a full 6-8 yards. Bottom edge is traditional selvedge, not hemmed. Kilts fasten with three wide leather straps & buckles. Full-width lining and full fringe on tapered front apron edge. Wider front apron panels for better fit. Pleated to the sett (the tartan pattern appears across the pleats). In addition, an extra-deep first pleat and reversed final pleat for improved fit|
Stillwater Standard Kilt, "Nightstalker" tartan
Shown here with tweed jacket and tie and black leather sporran
Stillwater Kilts also makes an Economy line of kilts.
Here is their Solid Black economy, worn with sweater, kilt hose and more casual shoes
|A comfortable kilt, but less fabric and less fullness than the Standard model. Like all Stillwater Kilts, it is made in Pakistan, but the quality is very good.|
|The sporran worn with this ensemble is the Stillwater nylon "cargo" sporran. A more casual and also more voluminous style of sporran.|
|The Utilikilt Standard in Olive. This model is a fairly heavy weight poly/cotton blend, with two large "cargo" pockets on the sides and a back pocket, as well. They claim you can easily carry a six-pack's worth of beer in these pockets! All Utilikilts are made in Seattle and the company takes pride in paying their employees a "living wage."|
|It's Maine, so we're going for an "LLBean" look. The UK Standard with a LLBean flannel shirt and a pair of "Bean boots."|
The walking staff was bought a few years back at the Maine Highland Games outside of Brunswick.
|Another Utilikilt style, the "Mocker." This one is a poly/cotton blend and a new color, "heather grey" and is not shown on their web site. This model has side slash pockets and a rear pocket. With plenty of pockets on UK's most guys forego wearing a sporran. The front snap system also keeps the apron from "blow ups."|
|A more "dress causal" look is achieved with a cotton casual dress shirt, socks and loafers.|
|As with all UK's, they don't skimp on fabric and the fullness and "swish" in these kilts is apparent. The full front apron drops nicely when you sit down and spread your legs, providing for good modesty.|
|Well, one has to have a "grubby" kilt and who wants to pay $100 + for a kilt just to beat it up. So, there is the "Mountain Kilt." This polyester number is extremely lightweight and short on fabric, but if you're looking for a way to stay unbifurcated when lying around the house, working in the yard or engaged in athletic activities, this is about as cheap as you're going to find.|
|Unfortunately, this kilt comes in sizes only up to a 38" waist. For someone like me with a 40" kilt waist, it's tight, but not out of the question. On a thinner man, with a slimmer butt, there would be a fuller kilt effect.|
|Pardon this view, but it shows the operation of the hem snaps, which keep the wearer's modesty in check. A pair of snaps along the front and rear of the hem provides for a security closure. Regimental style is not advised in the Mountain Kilt (unless you don't plan on sitting down).|
I appreciate the assistance of the renowned fashion photographer extaordinaire, Monsieur Douglas, without whose skill (and patience), these pictures could never have been made.