A Step Inside Scottish Wardrobe

When it comes to the fun fashions of Scottish Highlands, it is hard to imagine that there could be other pieces, aside from the kilt.  While the kilt is indeed a dominant staple of Scottish style, there are other garments to go into the Highland wardrobe.

So, let’s start at the beginning.  While the kilt is the most associated piece of clothing with the Scottish Highlands, the garment that paved the way for it was the liene.  The liene was a long shirt that reached to the ground for women and to the knee for men.  The look was topped off with a plaid blanket or cloak type piece draped over the shoulders or pinned at the chest.

Highlands Shirt:

HIghlands Shirt

Skipping ahead to the late 16th century, kilts splashed on to the scene.  They began being sported only by Highlanders, but their popularity spread quickly and these garments eventually earned the reputation of being the national dress of Scotland.  The kilt was patterned and layered, using several yards of fabric.  As the kilt is traditionally male apparel, female attire consists of pleated skirts with the same materials and pattern as the kilt.  In the 19th century, the kilt got a status bump to formal wear, thanks to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.  The style then incorporated the kilt accompanied by a jacket and sportan.

In addition to formal attire, the kilt also served other purposes.  For example, the Scots were involved in the Jacobite Rebellion in Britain during the 18th century where the kilt was viewed as a strong cultural element by the English government, who actually prohibited it for a period of time.  The kilt has also become a geographical indicator which is worn by various British and Scottish military regiments.  In sports, Scottish players and fans tend to wear kilts or at least the tartan pattern to proclaim their loyalty and heritage to their country.

Scottish Man’s Kilt:

Scottish Man's Kilt

Other noteworthy Highland dress components include the ghillie brogues, thick soled, tongueless shoes that are wrapped and tied around the ankle.  Both men and women wear these shoes, but the female version has thinner soles for dancing and indoor activities.  Women also are known to wear patterned dresses and accessorize their look with tartan shawls or sashes.

In all Scottish styles, the one thing that remains is the tartan pattern.  Though the fashions may change to keep up with current times, this distinctive will not go away.  To view our collection of Scottish attire, go to http://www.historicalclothingrealm.com/.

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