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Old February 24th, 2009, 05:34 PM
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I have gotten a Kilt recently and like wearing it most of time. Its not one of those types you see the Scottish wearing, its more like a casual skirt made for guys. its all cotton/denim wrap style and worn with a t shirt and tennis shoes or a collared shirt as well. Even around the deck and pool area as a coverup since i wear speedos most of time. How would some react if I wore something like that around the ship? Not that I care. I have worn it in public with no problems. If I could post a pic here Id show you. Im in very good shape and go to gym alot. "V" shape with a 30 waist. I guess what this question aims towards is, if women can wear skirts in dinning room for dinner, I should be able to wear a kilt..Right?..Since its not considered "shorts". (non formal nights).
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Old February 24th, 2009, 10:10 PM
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go for it if you want...but personally not a fan of men in skirts or kilts.
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I know what you mean..Most women who think of a guy in a kilt lets say..They are 50-60s, out of shape, and not worth looking at..Im the oppisate..I do shave my legs and have the body of a swimmer..Even though im on the thin side. My next cruise may be Thanksgiving week on the Miricle (cant spell)..Its a long way off..
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that is a really good question. I would say that your casual kilt would be fine for daywear around the ship and on the islands. You might be able to get away with it on island or casual nights, with a polo shirt and casual dockers type shoes, or leather sandals. The person to ask for a difinitive answer would be the Maitre D on board
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Not a big fan of kilts on non-Scots. Samuel L Jackson tried to rock a kilt a few years ago and it didn't catch on.

However, on my last cruise there was a Scotsman wearing the full regalia on formal nights. It looked really good, a la Sir Sean.
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However, on my last cruise there was a Scotsman wearing the full regalia on formal nights. It looked really good, a la Sir Sean.
That's an interesting photo. The kilt looks very similar to a tartan called "Lord of the Hunt."

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Well, to be honest, if it ain't plaid, it's not a kilt. It would be a skirt. A kilt, by definition, is representitive of what clan a man is a member of. A kilt is something to be worn proudly. However what you are talking about is similar to the whole ska scene a few years back, so it's your risk to take, socially speaking.
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http://www.utilikilts.com/?page_id=10
There are some really funny commercials about utilikilts at the site above. I especially liked "don't ask" and "call me".
And it tells you all about the "utilikilts". There were several Dear Abby comments in our local paper this week about kilts and apparently quite a few men wear them. If my DH wanted to wear one it would be ok with me. Be ready for the possibility of some ribbing though. It will be determined by how comfortable you are wearing one. I also imagine the more sophisticated cruises would work better too.
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I still think only Scottish kilts are acceptable, but then I am a traditionalist, having some Scottish ancestry.
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Only if you wear bikini underwear with it.. Boxers might look not right... then again, did you say wear a skirt or kilt?
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HMMM Short, cotton/denim on a guy. I have seen guys in them, look like shorts to me. Trying to use the "well, women can wear skirts like that to dinner.." is rather pushing it. But there is always at least one guy who insists upon and shows up at dinner in shorts. Guess that can be you that cruise if you want. But you said it- you wear it like a cover-up at the pool. You just classified it yourself. Beach/pool wear. Not what falls in even the smart casual dress code. But unless you are trying to crash formal night dressed like that, I can't imagine anyone making an issue of it.
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You really should look up the utilikilt.com site and look at the kilts. There is a formal black fabric one with a shiny strip down the side like formal pants. Look at the site read some of the stuff on it and be sure to look at the Mocumercials. There are a lot of kilt sites.
While I don't see it becoming a trend I think the guys need to do what they want too just as we women started wearing pants. Why shouldn't it be ok?
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I see men in formal kilts all of the time at social functions. I like the look and they seem very comfortable. I have no problem with you wearing whatever you want around the ship as long as it covers up all the parts kids shouldn't be looking at.
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Living in a town founded by Scotsmen and keeping their tradtions alive (how many towns have a bagpipe brigade?), I see kilts a lot. It took some time to get used to it, in spite of my being mostly Scot/English, but now I really like it. It takes self confidence to pull it off (so to speak), and that is attractive in anyone.
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I think it would be a great thing to wear. I think it would look HOT.
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We were our Scottish tartans proudly in my family...If the kilt fits.....
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Well, to be honest, if it ain't plaid, it's not a kilt. It would be a skirt.
Absolutely! And a particular plaid pattern is called a tartan. And a true Scotsman would have a hat and a scarf of the same tartan as his kilt, and probably tapestries of the same tartan in his home as well.

The Massachusetts State Police Pipes and Drums has its own tartan and a kilt uniform. IIRC, this unit has competed in Edinburgh's annual Military Tattoo.

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A kilt, by definition, is representitive of what clan a man is a member of.
That's generally true, but there are also organizational tartans that military and other organizations wear as uniforms and, apparently, special tartans worn by people who hold certain offices or positions. On my first visit to Scotland, I found a tartan named "Lord of the Hunt" that, I presume, is worn by the official in charge of some sort of ceremonial hunt, perhaps in the same way that officials in a football game wear striped shirts.

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A kilt is something to be worn proudly.
Absolutely!

I think that the "black tie" outfit worn with a kilt is very classy indeed!

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Actually, I'm Irish and I do know the Irish wear kilts also but they are not as well known as the Scots! Irish kilts are often solid colors as opposed to the tartans of the Scottish kilts. Yes- clan significance is the major factor here just as the Irish are known for their Aran Island sweaters.

But back to the OP's question...why not? If women can wear slacks, jeans and pant suits, why not?

Times are changing...I'm no fashion police, but sneakers? Ah, man....
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The type Of kilt I would be wearing is the Utilikilt and Practikilt, Olive, Black, and desert camo types. These types are designed to be worn all the time, Not just for special occasions. I dont have any scottish heritage or background. Im wearing them because I want to..If women can have the choice of shorts, pants, and skirts, etc. Then im wearing kilts.
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The type Of kilt I would be wearing is the Utilikilt and Practikilt, Olive, Black, and desert camo types. These types are designed to be worn all the time, Not just for special occasions. I dont have any scottish heritage or background. Im wearing them because I want to..If women can have the choice of shorts, pants, and skirts, etc. Then im wearing kilts.
Generally, I think these kilts would be fine for daytime wear but probably not appropriate eveningwear on most of the major cruise lines.

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From the past 16 cruises Ive been on and what ive seen others wear as "evening wear" , a kilt wont be a problem. The only time I wear any type of "formal or eve" type of dress is during the dinner and capt party on formal nights. After those occasions I wear what I want. Im not a formal type person, however, I dont walk around in holy cutoffs and wifebeater shirt either. I wear clean and nice looking t shirts or collar shirt with the kilt of course. The utilikilts I have look pretty nice as compared to normal pants (solid color ones) (olive and black).
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David,

I followed this thread fully supporting your right to wear your kilt anywhere on board until you mentioned the type/color. While I can appreciate a guy in a kilt/skirt (whatever you want to call it), I think "cammo" anything would not be appropriate for formal night.

What if you were to compromise and get a "formal" kilt for the cruise? Get an authentic tarton complete with formal jacket like the picture with Sean Connery. Second to that I would say the black Utilikilt with a tuxedo shirt/jacket (or just the vest) would be the next best thing and probably would not be as controversial.

Just like any outfit, it's how it is put together. Yes, women can wear a skirt to formal night but there are some skirts that are best saved for shore excursions. A nice dark, pleated skirt would be better for dinner over the bright flowery short skirts worn during the day.

In any case, it is your vacation - be yourself and be comfortable. Wear your kilt with pride!
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Like i said in earlyer posts...I dont have a "formal" kilt other then the 2 solid color UKs..I wont be wearing them for dinner on formal night.But other nights during dinner i will wear them. I have a normal tux for that. However, after dinner is over..The kilt goes back on..I will most likely wear the desert camo ones during day when outside or ashore for the hot weather..The UKs (olive and black) are to "hot" for the tropical climate where im going so I will mostly wear those for the "night life" around the ship.
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I'm not sure where your ship is going but just a FYI... if your ship is going to Barbados, camo is illegal to wear on the island. I was surprised to hear this but when our cabbie gave us the explaination it made sense.
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Im not going to Barbados. Going to St Maarten, St Kitts, and St Lucia. Leaving in 4 days..
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I'm not sure where your ship is going but just a FYI... if your ship is going to Barbados, camo is illegal to wear on the island. I was surprised to hear this but when our cabbie gave us the explaination it made sense.
What was the reason? I was there 4 yrs ago on the Legend.
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Only military personnel on Barbadoes are allowed to wear Camo. This stems from their worry about rebel and/or terrorist groups. Actually its also illegal in Dominica as well. These small islands take secruity very serious because tourism is big business.
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I have gotten a Kilt recently and like wearing it most of time. Its not one of those types you see the Scottish wearing, its more like a casual skirt made for guys. its all cotton/denim wrap style and worn with a t shirt and tennis shoes or a collared shirt as well. Even around the deck and pool area as a coverup since i wear speedos most of time. How would some react if I wore something like that around the ship? Not that I care. I have worn it in public with no problems. If I could post a pic here Id show you. Im in very good shape and go to gym alot. "V" shape with a 30 waist. I guess what this question aims towards is, if women can wear skirts in dinning room for dinner, I should be able to wear a kilt..Right?..Since its not considered "shorts". (non formal nights).
Forget public dining room reaction, believe me you are NOT wearing a KILT. You are wearing a skirt as a man in public. Hey ho thats your call, but again it's not a kilt. How dare you associate my national dress with cross dressing. Its your call what you wear, but dont try to associate it to others. I quote "Its not one of those types you see the Scottish wearing" So its not a kilt its a skirt, please do not associate us SCOTS with skirt wearing.

You do your thing, just dont "DRAG" the KILT into it
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I just got back from my cruise last night and wore A Kilt the whole time (Utilikilt and Practikilt). Got allot of positive comments and general comments. Wore it to dinner as well..Its not a scottish "tartan" like you said..However, its a Masuline mans garment made for men. I dont do "drag". I still wear other "mens" clothes with it..I dont try to dress like a women..BTW..I will do it again on my next cruise..The Kilts I have are more appropiate for the activitys and climate where im going..What your stating is something you wear to a function like playing Bagpipes etc.I would Look kinda stupid carrying bagpipes around the ship to go lay out in sun or to the beach woundnt it? So I wear one that fits the envoriment...Call it what you want IM NOT BASHING SCOTS. At least I have a dark tan to prove that..To cold in Scotland for sunbaithing for most.
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