The popularity of tartan, kilts and highland wear in general is no longer simply a Scottish look. The style now spreads throughout the UK and worldwide. English cities including London, Leicester, Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool, Bristol and Newcastle all rank highly on a new study into the popularity of Scottish formal wear.

The Kilt

The staple item when it comes to showing formal Highland style is the kilt. Having been around since the 16th century it’s hardly a new style to rock at weddings, formal dinners and special occasions. However, whilst the novelty might wear off with some trends, this iconic piece of Scottish style has truly stood the test of time.

Bride with Groom in Wedding Higland Wear

When it comes to Highland wear it’s as much a social occasion as a photo opportunity. Also, as is always going to be the case with clothing that has stood the test of time, the kilt, or those who design it, are constantly coming up with new ways to update and modernise the iconic formal look.

When it comes to colours and styles it’s no surprise that the traditional look is successful, with styles such as grey granite and Pride of Scotland check proving hugely popular. Despite this, modernisations on the classic look do prove to be successful. More contemporary patterns prove that the tradition can work with a contemporary twist.

What Do You Wear with a Kilt?

With pairing it’s all about staying classic and traditional. Due to the lack of pockets in a kilt, the sporran, a pouch that performs the same function, is an absolute must. Kilt hose (long socks) and a sgian-dubh (a small, single edged knife generally tucked into the right sock) are often traditional too. On the upper body it’s standard to opt for a kilt jacket, which has a slightly higher fit than a standard jacket, whilst a standard white shirt is also paired with neckwear.

Superman Sporran

It’s always fascinating to take a more holistic look at the formal wear trends around the UK. Although people are really broadening their horizons when it comes to suiting-up for a special occasion, it’s great to see that the traditional items like a top hat and tailcoat are still proving very popular, and that traditional Scottish highland wear is also still going strong at weddings.

Guest post by Chris Burns of Young’s Hire

Images from… Bride and Groom: Wee Beauty Photography

Sporran: Oscar and Rose Photography

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