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Can I Wear A Kilt

In response to the Can Women Wear Pants? question. Someone mentioned men in kilts. Is that OK? Why or why not?

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In Jesus' day men and women dressed almost identically but there must have been some discernable difference, to them, for this ever have been an issue. In modern times most women wear trousers some of the time but theirs are designed for women so they are not dressing as men.

Much of today's fashion is vile an disgusting and provocative (both that of men and women). It is those clothing items which we should be concerned about these days rather than manipulating scripture to suit out own agenda.

Many people, these days, seem not to understand the meaning of 'decency'.
---Rita_H on 9/13/14

There is also the FOUSTANELLA, a skirt with yards of petticoats worn by some Greek armed regiments.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 9/12/14

I have to admit, kilts are very comfortable. Of course for modesty, I would recommend a pair of men's compression sport shorts/ bike shorts. In some cases I myself have wore men's Under Armour sport tights just the same.
---Brett_Frederiksen on 9/12/14

I have wore kilts during Ren-fairs, Irish Fest, I even wore a kiltout of the blue. I've had more compliments than not for wearing it. One summer when it the temps were in the 90s, a guy told me I was more man than he for wearing it in the heat.
---Brett_Frederiksen on 9/12/14

Yes, there are women's pants. As for kilts, I think they are common in scotland when they blow their bagpipes in marching bands, but they're not customary in this country.
---Eloy on 9/8/11


Their the only Celtic counties I know of.
---John on 9/8/11

Of course it's Ok to wear a kilt. It's definitely masculine garment, and anyone who says otherwise is simply being ignorant of the facts. There are several nonspecific tartan patterns that are Ok for anyone to wear whether you have Scottish family ties or not. The one that I think looks the smartest for this purpose is the Blackwatch tartan.
---Tim on 9/8/11

Of course you can wear a Kilt that's a code of dress for Scottish people and if you prefer to wear one WHY NOT?.

If some don't wear anything under their kilt that's their business.... no one's looking, as a man of God your liberty to wear what you want... in the tradition to decent attire is no one business but your own.

Obviously to draw attention to yourself then that's between you and God.....

It's not offensive dress wear but if it's in line with being controversial to women wearing pant's then you know why your provoking argument...

That's not really christian like and one should be mindful of warmongering amongst the brethren.
---Carla5754 on 8/4/08

what is a kilt one is entitled to, xcuse me, i meant Tartan. since it is the Queen of England not a celt that determined the shape of the modern days tartan, and the "colors fitting the families". what about tyhose who are not celtic what is allowed for them. plain colorless or what?
---Andy on 8/1/08


The Celtic nations today see themselves like states within the same country, and since the beginning of the 20th century they have used any and all Celtic symbols jointly as nationalistic symbol. These are worn to mark the Scots, Irish and Welsh as being one people, of a common heritage, and so different to the English, who, you will recall, are continental blow-ins, and only here since 1066!

For this reason I think that it is totally appropriate for anyone of the Celtic Diaspora to wear one, and indeed anyone else who enjoys Celtic culture, be he American or Canadian, Congolese or Cambodian!


Killian (Ireland)
---Killian on 7/31/08

There are numerous styles of kilts that definitely masculine--they are made of twill, denim, leather, and even dress suitings. Most adults stick with an approximate knee length, but teens often wear them to the ankle, usually in black denim.

You should never wear a tartan to which you are not entitled.

Kilts are usually not acceptable in the U.S. workplace, but check with your employer.

I just wouldn't wear them in a Chicago winter.
---Nancy on 11/9/07

Thanks for clearing that up...really, it was very interesting. I'm also so relieved that the Queen has no part in such inspections! Then there's another matter...the Garter Day! :) Blessings, Irene
---Irene on 10/31/07

Irene ... You question raises a smile ... and I should imagine with some certainty that the answer is no!
The inspections I am talking about are the daily inspections of the men by their officers and NCOs, to check they are properly uniformed, armed and equipped.
The stick is carried on ceremonial inspections!
---alan_of_UK on 10/26/07

When the Queen inspects one of the Highland Regiments, does she carry a stick with a mirror also? Please forgive me, I couldn't resist. :) Blessings, Irene
---Irene on 10/25/07

Alan,I gotta ask?Why would military leaders check to make sure the fellows were not wearing any undies beneath their kilt?I imagine ethnic style of clothing is ethnic style of clothing,but it would seem more hygenic to wear a pair of
---Judy_A. on 10/25/07

Traditionally, Scots do not wear anything uinder the kilt
---alan_of_UK on 10/25/07

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And it is forbidden to kilted soldiers, When Highland regiments are inspected, the inspecting officer carries a mirror on the end of a stick so that he can check they are not breaking this rule.
---alan_of_UK on 10/25/07

I'm not full-blooded Scottish, but, I would say that kilts are fine to wear. It would not be easy to "see underneath" because the kilts are cut low enough and they "drape down" close enough on the lap to keep covered when sitting down. You just don't ever see anything.
---Gordon on 10/25/07

Kilts are okay if you wear something under it too.
---John1944 on 10/24/07

Why is it NOT OK?

In Biblical times, everyone wore skirts. Trousers are a fairly late convention in the West.

The Scottish kilt, the Greek foustanella, and similar attire are intended for MEN, not women.

However, not all people are knowledgable in these traditional ethnic styles for men. If you're man enough to wear a kilt--and put up with the catcalls of ignorant people--more power to you.
---Jack on 10/24/07

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Ha...No Way...I love boxers...[just for sleeping]...

---Reiter on 11/16/06

I'm pretty sure men's underware are safe (not all of them ofcourse since women have taken over boxers) But I don't see many women wearing men's briefs and likeing it
---Jared on 11/15/06

Hmm...I'm sensing some skirt envy from the men...well...women do wear pants as well as I wonder what items of clothing are left exclusively to men...women have taken the belt and are about to take the tie...women just wanna rock a man's least some do [feminists]...rachel
---Reiter on 11/15/06

Rachel ... The Scots would not agree that the kilt is OK for the British ... only for the Scottish British.
There are sadly many English who like some Americans, wear the kilt without any right to do so, thinking it is just a fashion statement.
---AlanUK_quent5969 on 11/15/06

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---exzucuh on 11/14/06

I listened to some pretty good punk bands in the 90's that wore kilts occasionally so I don't know if you can say just women rock in skirts rachel =)

They were christian bands ofcourse.
---Jared on 11/14/06

Kilts are o.k. for the British.
Kilts are o.k. for the Scottish.
In AMERICA, woman rocks the skirt.

---Reiter on 11/14/06

Welcome Lawrence, I haven't seen you on CN before. What part of the South are you from?
I am originally from S.C. I'm a British/Scottish mix on my Dad's side. And decended from French Hugenots who settled in Charleston on my Mother's side. I live out West, but will be going South later this month, beautiful country!
---NV_Barbara on 11/7/06

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I am just now figuring out this blogging stuff. Some of my posts are signed "Brother Lon" and others "Lawrence Wesley." I'm not lurking. I've always been called by the familiar "Lon." Any way, there is a very nice Scottish Tartans Museum in Franklin NC. Lots of kilts and all things Scottish.
---Brother_Lon on 11/7/06

Hello in the UK and thanks for the info on my ancestors the Scots. What we must remember is that the clothes do not make the man, the man does. All that the man is and believes is borne out in what he does. I don't have a kilt but I would wear one proudly. This area of the southern US was settled in large numbers by Scots.
---Lawrence_Wesley on 11/6/06

Brother Lon ... Highland Scots fought in the kilt in the Second World War as well, and in Korea.
---AlanUK_quent5969 on 11/6/06

Yeah if you want it is for men. In china women wear pants, India some parts also, Middle east long flowing robes same as some parts of Africa both men and women yet one is known as women's attire the other men. In the US we are a melting pot the scripture means not to put on what was sewn, made directly for a man/woman in order to "act" like that sex-"to take on the mannerism" "actions" of the opposite sex, to be U in the body/sex God made U.
---Jeanne on 11/6/06

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Scottish troops wore kilts in battle in the First World War. They also fought in kilts in wars preceding that, and still wear them on ceremonial occasions today. Scottish troops are excellent soldiers known for their fierceness. The Germans fighting these kilt wearing soldiers in the trenches called them "the women from hell."
---Brother_Lon on 11/6/06

When my son was in high school, he had the lead in the musical "Brigadoon" where the men wore kilts, because it took place in an imaginary village in Scotland. I have a great photo of him in his kilt. He had to do a special dance while wearing it. All of the guys in the show wore kilts. It takes a real man to wear in kilt in a public high school.
---Madison1101 on 11/5/06


Exactly my point. When is a kilt not a kilt? When it is not plaid? When it is too short? when it is too long? lNot enough pleats? Too many pleats? Who's to say? The same for other garments. What a slipery slope it is once the road to legalism is begun.
---Bruce5656 on 11/5/06

Bethie ... The kilt is traditional Highland Scottish attire. The Lowlanders wear trews, which are tartan (plaid is another word) trousers.
---quent5969_the_Scot on 11/5/06

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I'll bite Bruce. What you describe isn't a kilt, its just a dress or a skirt that some men wear. Popular in SF I'd bet!
---NV_Barbara on 11/5/06

Why do the men wear the kilts anyway, is it a uniform thing, or a family tartan type thing. I've only ever seen bagpipe players wear them.
---bethie on 11/5/06

when is the kilt not a kilt? um when a lady is wearing it, then it's a dress.
I know a guy that wears the kilt every sunday his church, he is an american he just loves kilts and He doesn't even own bagpipes. I like the kilt, I would wear one more often (but i wont because I live in kansas and the wind is something feirce. but I have worn one before)
---Jared on 11/4/06

Bruce ... I think we all saw your point!
Our levity about the whole matter was to show how absolutely crazy is this obsession that women must not wear pants.
Thank goodness those who have contributed to this blog have some common sense about that!
---quent5969_the_Scot on 11/4/06

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The only kilts I've seen worn in America have been worn by men playing bagpipes or celebrating the Scottish heritage.
---Donna2277 on 11/4/06

Jack ... Hush ... you could at least say it quietly, as I did on 11/3. After all there are ladies present
---alan8869_of_UK on 11/4/06

Thanks for your responses but I wonder how many caught the point of the question. Please see my comments below on "when is a kilt not a kilt".

The question was posted in order to bring up that point of discussion.
---Bruce5656 on 11/4/06

If you wear a kilt then you had better carry your bagpipe with you.

In the summer, it may be more air-conditioned than a pair of pants.
---lee on 11/4/06

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Norma, I'm biting my lip and sitting on my hands. I would like to throw in a comment, "a drive-by fruiting". I want to, but I cannot.
---R.A. on 11/4/06

** Yes you can BUT sit like a lady, no climbing trees and no flashing!**

Actually underwear is NOT worn with a Scottish kilt. I can't speak for the foustanella.
---Jack on 11/4/06

**Now if a man wears one here in America I might question his motive. **

Why, Norma? Why do you NEED to know--or feel the need to guess or have an opinion about--the motives someone has for wearing this or that?
---Jack on 11/4/06

Jesus cares about what is in our hearts! Not on our bodies. If you are not trying to dress like a woman or be revealing then all that matters.
---Rosa on 11/3/06

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While in Scotland I thought the men looked very distinguished, especially when they were playing the pipes and fully outfitted. I don't think there is a thing wrong with a man wearing a kilt as long as they are Scots or Irishmen. Now if a man wears one here in America I might question his motive. It's their tradition and each country has their own traditions. By the way Barbara I agree with your comment about Sean Connery.
---Norma7374 on 11/3/06

Yes you can BUT sit like a lady, no climbing trees and no flashing! P.
---Pier5358 on 11/3/06

Sean Connery looked ANYTHING but feminine when he wore the Kilt while being knighted by the Queen. Its a custom, it isn't to make men look like women, it is full formal dress, so to speak, for a Scot. Wear 'em if you got 'em Alan!
---NV_Barbara on 11/3/06

Kilt? No problem! Men should wear men clothing. Women should wear women clothing. It's that simple.
---Leon on 11/3/06

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Can I wear a kilt? Cute.

The reason I asked this question was to point out the fallacy of trying to distinguish for all people, times and places just what is "men's" and "ladies" apparel.

I don't remember anyone objecting to kilts when they were mentioned in blogs like "Can women wear pants".
---Bruce5656 on 11/3/06

Yesterday I read in the newspaper about a man who is designing custom kilts. No longer are they in a tartan print but they range from solid colors to see-through pink!

So the question is, when is a kilt not a kilt? Who among us would like to tackle that question!

Similarly, we might well ask when are pants not pants?
These questions are intended to be rhetorical.
---Bruce5656 on 11/3/06

The point is, who is to say? There has to be a deeper intent in the command to the Israelis to not wear clothing of the opposite sex. What if they accidentally put on each other's robe that day? Oops!

That is why I believe it is a law that deals with cross-dressing / transvestites etc. and (aside from the whole "are we under the law" thing), grossly misapplied when used to tell ladies they cannot wear "pants."
---Bruce5656 on 11/3/06

Bruce, would you wear it in front of Jesus? I honestly don't know if it's okay or not, I guess it is, why wouldn't it be unless it was a mini
---Donna9759 on 11/3/06

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If you are of Scotch or Irish heritage why not.

Really all of the dress topics are a waste of blog space. don't we have more important thing to discuss?
---notlaw99 on 11/3/06

I would be interested in seeing peoples' answers.
I am a Scot, and am entitled to wear the kilt. (incidently, Bruce, a Scot would refer to a group of Scots men "wearing the kilt", not "wearing kilts"
Peculiar people, we Scots!!
By the way, did you know that a true Scot (hush now for this bit) wears nothing under his kilt?
---alan8869_of_UK on 11/3/06

I dont see why not. Jesus wore robes, not pants. It's all a matter of custom.
---sue on 11/3/06

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