Friday, June 16, 2017

Outfit for a memorial


This was the outfit for today, we had a memorial to go to for an elder in the church I work at, Bea was a wonderful woman who did much for the community in Toronto starting the Out of the Cold program to get people a place to sleep and the churches on the hill food bank which helps feed those same people. Her smile and laughter are missed already she was truly one of a kind.

I decided on the black barathea argyll as the tweed was simply too hot, this was only the second time I've ever worn the black argyll this was also the first time I've ever worn a semi-dress sporran, this one belonged to Vanessa's Grandfather and is from Nicholl Brothers.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A bit of polish.

A little while ago I got a horsehair sporran from a friend I wrote a blog about it at the beginning of May. Yesterday I decided to polish the silver cantle to see if I could get rid of the tarnish. Below is a photo, I think it came out rather well, however more work on it is needed.



Friday, June 9, 2017

D-Day Anniversary outfit

This was taken before the rain on Tuesday June 6th. I had planned to wear this outfit to our Tartan Tuesday kilt night, I thought it was appropriate to wear the Royal Naval Association kilt, as it was the 73rd Anniversary of the D-Day landings. I paired it with my Lovat Blue Argyll jacket, Brooks Brothers shirt and Brooks Brothers cashmere tie with my Ministry of Defense cantled sporran, and my Saltire top kilt hose.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

They're just socks or bullies everywhere.


A couple of days ago I posted this photo on facebook of me in my Scottish Wildcat Tartan kilt suit. I am wearing the tartan suit and heather colour kilt hose. The funny thing about this is that so many members of the group attacked me for wearing pink kilt hose saying things like "Awful" or "nope" even "That is ugly." and " A bit gay looking but still not as bad as Jack McConnels pin striped kilt". One person compared it to a Utilikilt, I took exception to that as it is a bespoke kilt suit made specifically for me, as such it is at the other end of the spectrum from a utilikilt. He did take the comment down and we were able to use that as a vehicle for discussion and came out of it better in the end.

What really bothers me about this is that as a regular kilt wearer, full time for 6 years or so, I have confronted my fair share of bullies and others who question what I'm wearing. I would never question what someone else wears. In the end it is none of my business what someone else wears. I would hope as a bunch of kilt wearers when you see someone dressed properly in a bespoke outfit people would come together instead of picking at the person because of their choice of hose colour. Another thought that someone else made is that when someone wears the kilt sloppily on this group they get nothing but likes and compliments, it left us both shaking our heads. The comments got so ugly and unruly that I did consider leaving the group where I posted the photo and might do that anyway.

UPDATE:
The insults kept coming today so I left the group.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tartan Tuesday 3rd Anniversary

Tonight was our 3rd Anniversary for Tartan Tuesday, it has been wonderful to be a part of and I am very proud of what it has become, thank you all who have showed up some once some often.


Monday, May 1, 2017

A new to me sporran


A few weeks ago a friend of mine sent a message to me regarding a sporran I might want. He had this sporran from an Estate Sale and as he had a few antique horsehair sporrans he did not need this one. The only real information I have about it is that it is from 1911. I am debuting it tomorrow night for the 3rd Anniversary of Tartan Tuesday.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

I woke up this morning to a private message regarding what shoes to wear with a Highland outfit, now the outfit in question is a black tie outfit using a black argyll jacket with silver buttons. The gent asked if he should be using opera shoes. My answer is you should not. Here are a couple of photos of the shoes I would recommend for a Black Tie outfit.
Ghillie Brogues















The other shoe I would recommend is a wingtip or brogue shoe. Mine are from Florsheim and have served me well for years.