Sunday, November 20, 2011

Forgive Us Our Kilts

Here's an article detailing why wearing a kilt is a sin. This guy's obviously a minion of King George II. I assume he thinks Moses wore Wrangler blue jeans. At any rate, it makes it that much more exciting to have the additional elements of danger and potential soul damnation to my kilt-wearing experiment.

Oh come on now, do these guys look like sinners?

Kilt Collection: Tartanista's Black Utility Kilt

The next few posts will be spotlighting the different kilts I will be wearing during my "Year o' th' Kilt." I'lll try to give as much information as possible about each kilt in case someone is interested in purchasing a kilt and might want to use my experience to help them decide what kilt will be best for them. I'll discuss positive and negative attributes (if necessary) of each kilt and update my experience with the kilts as my year progresses.

I'll begin with the black utility kilt from the Tartanista online shop. This kilt is a very comfortable fit made of heavy, yet soft black canvas. The Tartanista shop description says:

  • Heavy Duty Cotton Drill Fabric
  • Sewn down pleats on the back
  • Carpenters Flap Pockets with studs on both sides
  • Antiqued brass buckles and studs
  • Internal studs for better hold
  • 2 fabric straps with brass eyelets and buckles

The kilt is secured around the waist with two snaps, then attaches with a hook and loop strip, a second set of snaps and then finally secured with two buckles on the right hip. Belt loops make this kilt very easy to wear with a belt. The back pleats are sewn, sharp and very comfortable and the pockets on each side are very handy. No need for a sporran with this kilt.

I accidentally ordered this kilt too small at first and had to contact Tartanista for a replacement. Their customer service was great and while my return kilt was still being shipped they sent my replacement overnight. Now that's how you make a happy customer! I chose this kilt as the first one to wear all day and I have had it on today from morning until night. It looks and feels great and I highly recommend this kilt for someone searching for a comfortable utility kilt. My only complaint about this kilt is that it is just barely 23" long and my tall frame would love a 24" version. The Tartanista shop description says the 40" waist kilt is 24" long but mine measures exactly 23". It's not a major gripe but that extra inch would be nice. Still, a very comfortable utility kilt that I'm very happy with and highly endorse.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Trying on a new Ghillie shirt I'll be wearing with the kilts next year. Shirt and kilt from Heritage of Scotland.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Family Tartans

Since the majority of my own Scottish ancestors are on my mother's side of the family, I've chosen to wear the tartans of those clans. The traditional "rules" of the tartans say one shouldn't wear one's mother's family tartans unless one shares one's mother's family name. But since my last name is Baldwin and is neither Scottish nor from my mother's side, I'm forced to do a little choosing when it comes to a family tartan.

My grandmother's paternal family are "Donaldsons," an English version of the Scottish "McDonald" which was created when my Great, Great, Great Grandfather, Thomas MacDonald married Elizabeth Tudor, a cousin to the Queen. Apparently it wasn't too cool for a royal to get hitched with a Scotsman, so Donaldson was used to fool the gossips, I suppose. Still, I'm made up of watered down MacDonald blood so I'm more than happy to wear the MacDonald family tartan.

A more pure Scottish bloodline comes from my grandmother's mother who was a Wallace. The Wallace family tartan is a fairly popular one and has both a dress kilt and a hunting kilt. Both Wallace tartans will be worn at times throughout the year.

No doubt there are other Scottish branches in my family tree but none are as prominent as the Wallace and MacDonald families so when you see me wearing a tartan kilt it will be representing one of these clans.