Wednesday 21 October 2009

Day, Semi-Dress, Full Dress

In the course of my kilt pin search last week, I came across all sorts of websites containing advice, opinion and instruction on every conceivable aspect of Highland wear and, well, how to wear it. At the end of the day the view seems to be that the "traditional" Scottish evening dress that folk put on for black tie do's these days isny really all that traditional.

"The style of today is a development and modification of the ancient garb, which still retains all its essential features. Yet this modern style differs even from the Highland dress of 60 years ago, just as the ordinary dress has altered during a similar period, and it reflects the changing taste and practical conditions of the 20th century", writes the late Harry Lindley, a 'legendary figure in the world of tartan'.

No, me neither.

However, in the midst of all the divergent, esoteric musings on the subject, a consensus does appear to be in place when it comes to sporrans. The good news is that you don't need to agonise over when to wear your day sporran (plain brown leather) instead of your semi-dress sporran (leather flap and fur front, no cantle) and when to put that away and don your dress number (no flap, furry front, metal cantle). This is because the "full mask" sporran is universally acceptable at any time of the day or night, and for any event or function, indoors or out.

Excellent, eh? And the even better news is that they make some of them out of skunks!

I've got to get me one of those.


1 comment:

  1. The badgers will be well and truly relieved!