Modern Highland dress

Formal day wear[edit]

James Carnegie, 3rd Duke of Fife in a plain cuff Crail jacket (1984)

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The Highland dress may also be worn as folk costume option at events requiring morning dress. As such, for formal day wear use it generally consists of:[7][8]

  • Plain superfine wool or barathea black, charcoal or tweed Argyll-, Crail-, and Braemar-style kilt jacket
  • Belt and buckle or five- or six-button waistcoat in matching grey, putty, complementary or tartan material in matching colour
  • Kilt
  • White shirt with turndown collarFrench cuffs, and cufflinks
  • Long tie in a single colour or striped regimental style
  • Black brogues (according to some views, brown shoes should never be worn with highland dress, although such are worn by the royals)
  • Tartan, Argylediced, or plain coloured dark hose (white and off-white hose should be avoided)
  • Flashes or garter ties
  • Day or horse hair sporran
  • Morning dress sgian-dubh (less intricate than for the full dress and typically made of horn or antler).

Semi-formal dress[edit]

The semi-formal version of Highland dress consists of:[7][8]

  • Black or charcoal semi-formal kilt jacket in superfine wool or barathea – Argyll-, Crail-, and Braemar-style jackets are suitable
  • Five- or six-button waistcoat in black, grey, putty or tartan
  • Kilt
  • White shirt with turndown collarFrench cuffs, and cufflinks
  • Tie in a single colour
  • Black brogues
  • Tartan, argylediced or dark hose (white and off-white hose should be avoided)
  • Flashes or garter ties
  • Day-dress sporran with simple designs and often in black leather – however, a full dress sporran is not considered inappropriate
  • Day-dress sgian-dubh (less intricate than for the full dress and typically made of horn or antler)
  • Dirk

Black tie[edit]

Formal black tie Highland regalia, kilt and Prince Charlie jacket (2005)

Traditionally, black tie Highland dress comprises:

White tie[edit]

The traditional[dubious – discuss] white-tie version of Highland dress consists of:

  • Formal kilt doublet in barathea or velvet. The Regulation, Montrose, Sheriffmuir and Kenmore doublets are suitable in a variety of colours. Velvet is considered to be a more formal material. The Prince Charlie jacket (coatee) is considered to be less formal, although when introduced it was to be worn with a white lace jabot. Tartan jackets are also seen.
  • Waistcoat in white marcella, tartan (usually to match the kilt), red or the same material as the doublet. No waistcoat is worn with the Kenmore or Montrose doublets.
  • Kilt with formal kilt pin
  • White stiff-front shirt with wing collar and white, gold, or silver studs and cufflinks for the Regulation doublet, or a white formal shirt and optional lace cuffs for the Montrose, Sheriffmuir, and Kenmore doublets
  • White lace jabot. A black silk or a white marcella bow tie may be worn in place of the jabot with the regulation doublet (Highland wear often includes a black bow tie even at white-tie events).
  • Black formal shoes or black buckle brogues
  • Tartan or diced kilt hose
  • Silk garter flashes or garter ties
  • Silver-mounted sporran in fur, sealskin or hair with a silver chain belt
  • Black, silver-mounted and jeweled sgian-dubh
  • Highland bonnet with badge (only worn outdoors)[11]
  • Short belted plaid with silver plaid brooch (optional)
  • Scottish dirk (optional)

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