Scottish Kilts - A Must Have for Highland Games

Scottish Kilts - A Must Have for Highland Games

Highland games are becoming more and more popular across the United States, and if you're planning to attend one you don't have to fret about what to wear. The kilt is the perfect thing to sport when you head out to enjoy a day at the games due to the long tradition that the kilt has in Scottish culture. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about choosing a kilt for highland games.

What are Highland Games?

Highland games are festivals that originated in Scotland during ancient times. Typically held in the spring or summer, the events include demonstrations of bag-piping, drumming and Scottish dance and athletic competitions. Participants in the sporting events toss long poles known as cabers, stones, hammers, weights, sheafs and other objects to show off their physical prowess. Parades may be held, and there are usually vendors selling merchandise, food and drinks.

Choosing a Kilt for Highland Games

Men who participate and volunteer at highland games will usually wear kilts that represent their Celtic heritage, and many attendees choose to wear them, too. When you're considering kilts for highland games, think about:

1. Your Heritage. Are you Scottish?

If so, you can choose a kilt with a tartan that reflects your family's lineage. Like coats of arms, certain plaid patterns are representative of heraldry. You can do some research to find out what tartan is associated with your family name.

2. Your Sense of Style.

Do you like something classic? If so, a plaid kilt is definitely the way to go and will have you matching the other gentlemen at the highland games. Want something a little simpler? A utility kilt in a solid color may be more for you. Like to stand out in a crowd? A leather kiltdenim kilt or printed kilt will have you attracting attention!

3. What You Need to Bring With You.

Just like pants, kilts usually have storage built in to help you carry your essentials. Sporrans or removable pouches are mini purses worn at the front of a kilt for carrying items. They usually give a kilt a more classic look. Contemporary kiltsoften feature pockets like pants. You can find kilts with just a couple pockets or with deep cargo pockets and loops for holding tools. Before you start shopping for a kilt, it is a good idea to figure out what you might want to bring to the games, so that you can make sure you choose a kilt with the right amount of pockets or the right size sporran.

Want some helping selecting the perfect kilt for a highland game? We'll be glad to assist you. At Scottish Kilt, we have dozens of different kilt designs available to suit your needs and your tastes, and everything that we carry is made to measure to ensure that you'll look your best at the event. Contact us today at (443) 305-9839 for shopping assistance or check out our selection at our online store.

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27 Mar 2017

By Hayley