Modern Highland dress

Formal day wear[edit]

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

Part of a series on
Western dress codes
and corresponding attires
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at formalopening of the Parliament of Canada (1957)
Formal (full dress)[show]
Semi-formal (half dress)[show]
Informal (undress, “dress clothes“)[show]
 = Day (before 6 p.m.)
 = Evening (after 6 p.m.)
          = Bow tie colour Fashion portal
 Contents/Culture and the arts portal

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)

You Might Also Like

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *