I've been thinking about formal wear's conservative styling and tried to figure out why a Scottish kilt manages to appear quite formal even though it seems to break many rules for formal dress. First, according to popular advice, tuxedo styling should be black and white - black tux, white shirt, black tie, black silk socks, black shoes, white vest. Â Colour has no (or little) place in formal dress. Yet, take a look at the kilt with Prince Charlie coatee. Â The dress kilt is brightly coloured, shocks are white and heavily knitted, garters peek from behind the socks. Â The coatee's tails are cut short to emphasize the kilt's backside and it is ornatly emblazened with military style cuffs and buttons. Â It is correct protocol to wear a large belt with a heavily decorated buckle, and ornate kilt pin. Â An even more formal kilt attire is the Montrose doublet or Sheriffmuir doublet with breacan feile, an extremely ornate evening outfit. Any man who dons a kilt and coatee or doublet seems to aquire all the style of a tuxedo and more. Â Why does it work?
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2/23/04 at 3:52pm