Scottish kilts are known as National Dress of Scotland and are a highly recognized form of dress throughout the world. Kilts have cultural and historical roots in the country of Scotland. A skirt worn by both men and women, the kilt plays an important role in the history of Scotland.
There are two types of kilt:
The Feileadh Mor (The big kilt)
The Feileadh Mor also known as Great Kilt or the Breacan Feile, and the more common Feileadh Beg.
Is just one length of double width tartan, usually 7 yards in length which is gathered into pleats and belted round the waist. This is the type of kilt that was used in the filming of the movie Braveheart.
This is considered the battle Kilt and is rarely seen in Scotland these days.
The Feileadh Beag (The little kilt)
Is a hand or machine sewn kilt which is worn just above the hip and fastened by buckles, this is the most common kilt. This is the most common type of kilt that is worn around the waist and fastened with a buckled belt.
This is considered a dress kilt and is often worn today at celebrations such as weddings, National sporting occasions or New Years Eve,(Hogmanay).
If you have a surname that has Scottish connotations then it is most likely that there is a tartan or plaid out there that has been registered under your family name, such as, McDonald, Campbell or Stewart.
My own surname is Paterson and with a little research I discovered that my surname belongs to the clan of Campbell therefore if I was to choose a tartan to wear it could be Clan Campbell but I could also wear the Paterson family tartan.
If your surname belongs to a Scottish Clan see here:
Clan name and Surname are not the only factors that you can use when choosing your tartan, There are other factors to be considered especially if there is not a tartan related to your name.
I live in Ayrshire in Scotland and as well as being able to wear My Campbell clan tartan or my Paterson family tartan, I could also wear the Ayrshire tartan and of course being from Scotland I could also wear the National Scottish tartan, The soccer team that I support even has it's own tartan that I could also wear if I so desired. I could also wear a Regimental tartan if I had served in the armed forces with a Scottish Regiment.
Most countries around the world have a registered tartan and almost all of the States In America have a registered Tartan.
Although the National costume of Scotland, the kilt was considered a male only outfit, women who wore the kilt were Frowned upon and women could even be fined for wearing the kilt in public. Women who were brave enough to wear a kilt in public were classed as Hookers or harlots.
Scottish women would wear a tartan shawl or scarf or an arisaid, a cloak that extended to the heels. It was usually made of a non-dyed wool with a few bright lines or stripes on it, fastened at the breast with a metal brooch and around the waist with a leather belt.
At celebrations women would often wear a Tartan or plaid sash in the same colors as her husband or father.
What should you wear with the kilt if you are following tradition.
What I don't mention is Underwear it is an open secret that a true Scot wears nothing under the kilt.
The only real traditional way for a woman to wear the kilt Is when Highland dancing, although a lot of women wear plaid or tartan skirts in everyday life.
There are no hard and fast rules for wearing tartan as it comes in so many variations it can compliment many different fashionable styles.