Boddie Prince Charlie's Bad Boy Challenges - Day Three: Kilt Wearing

So, perhaps one of the most stereotypical of the lot – Kilts! There’s no way I could go to Scotland without trying a few…

The day started with a surprise when an angry store owner told us he wasn’t too keen on us blogging about their kilts. Maybe they thought we’d be a bit harsh about their designs and materials, what with us being fashionistas and all...

But anyway, we found a great little place called W. Armstong & Son, which is a wonderful antique clothes place. (See, look at all of that publicity, angry store owner… Now who’s angry. Well, you still are, but even more angry I bet.)

So, I gave kilt wearing a go! We tried to get a load of different colours 'cause, you know, we're mental. The first example is below:

Now, to most people that probably looks fine. Good, if anything. (That might be pushing it, but give me a chance…)

However, Chris Starkie (our superb Scottish actor) soon notified me that, actually, kilts are meant to come to the knees and no further. So actually, I looked like a bit of an idiot. Still – first attempt right? The second would be better….

Well, that’s what I thought.

Actually, I realised that wearing it the proper way only showed off my tiny legs and made me look… well, less like this:


And more like this:


Plus, it was really quite heavy as it was a ‘heavyweight’ tartan. (That’s about as technical as I can get when it comes to kilts, sorry.)

Anyway, I continued to try them on, and the last one, which is the most stereotypically Scottish in my eyes (for some reason I only ever think of kilts in the colour red) was this:

I’m not sure what nabokov wanted me to learn from this experience. I… um… well, kilts are quite comfy. And normally expensive (though totally worth it). Er… That’s about it.

I kind of fell like I’ve cheated everyone here.  I’ll copy some facts about kilts from Wikipedia:

The kilt is a knee-length garment with pleats at the rear, originating in the traditional dress of men   and boys in the Scottish Highlands of the 16th century. Since the 19th century it has become    associated with the wider culture of Scotland in general, or with Celtic (and more specifically Gaelic)    heritage even more broadly. It is most often made of woollen cloth in a tartan pattern.

Wow, wasn’t that interesting?

Check back tomorrow guys for another ultimate Bad Boy challenge! (I’m sorry, I didn’t call them that…)


Young Pretender 

Underbelly (Belly Button), Cowgate. 

4-28 August


1 Hour 

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