Kilts -- a practical garment for everyone
Men's styles through the ages
Kilts: Keep an open mind
One difference I have noted between men and women is that women are much more adventurous when it comes to fashion and style. Women adapt whatever is in the news, whether it's wild African prints or traditional Indian saris, and make it into a fashion trend. They will steal ideas from men's clothing, or from the military, or from athletics, or from whatever. Women's fashions change much more quickly.I hate the current trend in women's tops. They look like maternity tops to me. No thanks! Been there, done that. I'll drop back to classics until that stupid style changes, and luckily, at least I know it will be over in another season or two.
Men's styles, by comparison, change at a snail's pace, though it's been picking up a bit lately, thanks to the internet. Most men are terrified of looking like bozos and stick to the tried and true, whether it be the business suit or the ubiquitous T-shirt and jeans. Men, additionally have the pressure on them to look "manly" (whatever that means), and are afraid to look "girly" or "gay", hence the paranoia in Western English speaking societies about wearing pink or bright colors or uncommon cuts.
I want to put to you that there is nothing intrinsically "manly" about dark colors, the business suit, or trousers, and there's nothing intrinsically feminine about pink, or feathers, or ruffles. In the animal kingdom, and in some human cultures it is the male of the species that is the more showy. If you examine fashion throughout the ages you will see that men's fashion has changed, from tunics to pantaloons to the business suit, which, in my mind, is a relic of stuffy Victorian England. And forward thinking and open-minded men are pushing for the kilt. And I believe it is gathering momentum and will become common and accepted in Western countries other than Scotland.
My perceptions of the kilt
As a youngster I learned about kilts in school when we studied Scotland. I thought they looked bizarre. Here were these guys looking perfectly "normal" from the waist up, and wearing skirts. And it was taught that no one really wore them, except on ceremonial occasions.
Then I actually went to Scotland and I saw men wearing kilts fairly commonly. Like the Aloha shirt in Hawaii, the kilt is an acceptable alternative that shows national pride.
Another thing that affected my perceptions is that I used to play in a contra dance band. In the cities such as Seattle and Portland in the late 90's male dancers would actually change into skirts for the dances. These are not transsexuals or transgender or transvestites or anything else. They wore filmy skirts because it enhanced their sensual enjoyment of the dancing. Then our guitar player got himself an olive green pleated kilt. A manly man if ever there was one, Kevin liked to complete his performance ensemble with combat boots, a sheath knife, a black beret, and an outrageous tie. I just got used to it and eventually forgot that it was a pretty extreme getup.
Then I saw Braveheart. Mel Gibson looks dynamite in a kilt, no one can argue that. Just as Michael Jordan started the trend of long baggy shorts for basketball players, Mel Gibson is adding fuel to the kilt fire. Guys, wanna attract the ladies? Look like Mel Gibson in a kilt. A-a-aaaa-ahhh!
Recently I went to bar camp Portland OR. Bar camp is an event made popular by, and populated primarily by geeks, predominantly male. Geeks are typically logical thinkers, and to them, logic is king. They pride themselves in their independent thinking and their refusal to be sheep. But there are still fads and trends among geeks and kilts seem to be one. And so I saw more than a few "utility kilts" at bar camp. And I found that thinkgeek (an online company catering to geeks) is offering utility kilts. If the geeks find these things practical, they will probably keep them. Geeks tend to hate clothes shopping and wear out their clothes anyway. And the ThinkGeek kilts look like they could withstand a nuclear assault.
And now, some US postal service workers are campaigning to have kilts as an official uniform option. (I wonder if they are already approved for female letter carriers. Hmmmmm.) It only makes sense. These guys walk a lot. Their thigh muscles are a lot more developed than the typical skinnyshanks of the typical US male. This drive for kilts is motivated by expediency and comfort. As one guy put it, the bifurcated garments chafe his unspeakables and he feels much more comfortable in a kilt. Well, they lost this round, due to cultural prejudice but I suspect they will be back.
My Prediction for the future
Kilts for men have a toehold in men's fashion. Men's fashion evolves at a snail's pace but in 10 years you will be seeing more and more kilts in the workplace. And guys, here's an idea for you. Wear a kilt to work and get fired. (Only do this if you hate your job and were thinking about quitting anyway.) Then you can sue for discrimination and wrongful dismissal and get a bunch of money. !!
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