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Sunday, 30 June, 2002, 10:55 GMT 11:55 UK
Scots trip up on kilt style
Men in kilts at Scottish wedding
What does a Scotsman wear under his kilt?
Few Scotsmen know exactly how to wear their national dress, according to a new book.

Some even commit one of the worst crimes imaginable - by wearing coloured Y-fronts under their kilts.

Wallace Lockhart, who has spent two years researching The Scottish Wedding, found that "almost all Scots" made basic errors such as wearing the wrong style of jacket.

He partly blames improperly trained kilt hire shop assistants for giving wearers the wrong advice.

Mr Lockhart, 75, said: "The kilt used to be a much more common form of dress among young people.

Kilt socks
Socks are often worn too high

"Now, men want to wear the national costume but they don't have a natural feel for it so they wear the kilt far too long and pull their stockings far too high.

"I have even seen men wearing flat caps with formal Highland dress.

"One of the problems is that so many Scots go to hire shops where the assistant may never have worn the kilt in his life.

"Certainly, most will never talk about the flashes in any depth or how to tie the laces.

White boxers

"If there is one thing that shows Highland dress is not the wearer's traditional apparel, it is the stockings.

"How often one sees them pulled up almost over the knee, far removed from the Highland tradition of 'a hand's breadth below'."

In the book, Mr Lockhart writes: "The sgian dhu (skeen doo), which was once carried under the arm in a hidden shoulder holster, should now be worn on the outside of the leg of the right stocking, unless the wearer is left-handed.

Men in kilts
Jacobean shirts are making a comeback

"Contrary to popular belief, there are no rules about what to wear under the kilt.

"It is purely down to personal taste but you'd look stupid in white boxer shorts. Most Scotsmen usually wear coloured Y-fronts."

The now-traditional Highland dress became Scotland's national costume in 1822 after the visit to Edinburgh of King George IV.

Mr Lockhart, who has welcomed the return of Jacobean shirts and plaid, said: "The king's kilt was a little on the short side and his pink tights would find little support today."

The Scottish Wedding is published in August by Luath Press.

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