Ten Things a Man Ought to Love about Wearing a Kilt

by Guest Blogger on December 10, 2012 · 18 comments

in A-C, Highlander

Guest Blog by Grace Burrowes, author of The Bridegroom Wore Plaid

The topic above was not the one I was initially asked to write about. I was asked to hold forth about Ten Things I Love About Men in Kilts. What I love about a kilt is to see it worn with pride by a fellow who appreciates the privilege, and the point of this post is to convince more fellows to add a kilt to their wardrobe. In that spirit, I’m hoping scads of men will consider:

  1. The wool will look better on you than it did on that old sheep.
  2. You never have to worry about what goes with what when you wear a kilt. Tell the nice fellows in the kilt shop what your clan affiliation is (or you’d like it to be), and the colors are all picked out for you, as are the accessories. Easy peasy.
  3. The best place to shop for a kilt is Scotland. Go shopping. Go shopping right now, laddie.
  4. Shopping for a kilt is thirsty work. This is proven by the fact that I’ve never seen a kilt shop that wasn’t within three doors of either a tavern or a whiskey shop. Go shopping, ye kiltless beggar.
  5. When you’re properly togged out in your kilt, you also get to wear a sporran right over your goolies. If you misplace your car keys, there’s only one place you might ask your date to help you look for them.
  6. Fellows who wear kilts don’t have to worry about as much laundry, particularly all those pesky loads of whites.
  7. If you do it up proper, you’re also supposed to go around with a handsome little dagger tucked in your sock, honest (your left sock is the more peaceable option). How something spelled sgian dubh gets pronounced “skidoo” probably has to do with those whiskey shops and the great thirst involved with your kilt shopping.
  8. Guys who wear kilts can go to any romance writer’s conference, and make instant friends with a zillion, cheerful, friendly ladies, some of whom, being in period attire, are also doing fewer loads of white laundry.
  9. Even when you’re wearing it somewhere besides a romance writers’ conference, the kilt is a guaranteed, sure fire, believe-me-when-I-tell-you, babe magnet, to the extent that you will get heartily sick of telling women you’re not wearing undies. I promise you this.
  10. The best reason to wear a kilt was explained to me by a little fellow who drove me around the Highlands in his cab. Abbey was a native of Aberdeen, and yet had gone his entire sixty-some years without acquiring a proper dress kilt. For a niece’s wedding, he agreed to make the effort to be fitted out in clan attire, thinking the whole business rather silly.

The fellows at the kilt shop, as Abbey told the tale, were a sly bunch. They measured and fitted, and pinned and tucked, and didn’t let Abbey see himself until he was completely rigged out in formal attire. Then they turned him about to see the picture he presented in the three way mirror, and in his words, “Ma chest expanded out to here, and I felt about ten feet tall. I tell ye, I nivver wanted to tek the damned thing uff.”

Wear the kilt because it symbolizes a tradition of pride and masculine confidence, wear it because you’ll nivver want to tek the damned thing uff.


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Grace Burrowes is a bestselling and award-winning author of historical romances. Her debut, The Heir, was selected as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year for 2010 in the romance category, and Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish won RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Historical Romance of 2011 and was also nominated for the prestigious RWA RITA award. The author of the bestsellers The Heir, The Soldier and Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Grace is a practicing attorney and lives in rural Maryland. She’ll conclude to the Windham Family Series with Lady Jenny’s story in October 2013, and will begin a new regency series with Darius in April 2013. The next book in Grace’s Scottish Victorian series, Once Upon a Tartan, will be in stores in August 2013. Please visit http://www.graceburrowes.com/  or follow her on Twitter: @GraceBurrowes for more information.

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1 Carol L December 10, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Hi Grace, love your books and have read them all so far. The Bridegroom Wore Plaid is on my TRL for sure. I love a kilted Highlander. To see a man in a kilt shows me how comfortable he is as a man. And how darn sexy he is to me. lol Not to mention the comfort we’ ll both have in his wearing a kilt. :)
Thanks for this opportunity.
Carol L.


2 Grace Burrowes December 11, 2012 at 1:36 PM

I was most pleased when I went to Scotland to see a number of fellows in their kilts. Maybe it’s making a comeback, maybe the charm of the kilt never faded. You’re right: A guy who can wear a kilt has some confidence–and some appeal!


3 erinf1 December 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Thanks for a fun post and congrats to Grace on the newest release! I think men should wear kilts cuz they have sexy legs too! :)


4 Grace Burrowes December 11, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Some of them do…


5 Lisa Garrett December 10, 2012 at 1:18 PM

To show off their manly legs!


6 Grace Burrowes December 11, 2012 at 1:37 PM

And their manly daring, and their Scottish pride (or vicarious Scottish pride)…


7 Jane December 10, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Congrats to Grace on the new release. I think men should wear kilts to show off their Scottish pride.


8 Grace Burrowes December 11, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Many a non-Scot is certainly willing to drink whiskey, maybe the same theory ought to apply.


9 bn100 December 10, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Because they look good in them


10 Grace Burrowes December 11, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I agree. Kilts are like the raspberry family of colors. Everybody looks good in them. Everybody.


11 Joanne B December 11, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Men should wear kilts to show off their legs. Also, they always complain how hot they are, this way there is permanent air conditioning.


12 Grace Burrowes December 11, 2012 at 5:22 PM

I’ve seen guys in kilts when it’s no degrees out Fahrenheit, and they look comfortable enough. Of course, their flasks were stocked with antifreeze…


13 Polly December 11, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Well – you sold me. Now to convince my hubby of the advantages of a kilt. That would be SO MUCH fun (for both of us, really!)


14 Rhiannon Rowland December 11, 2012 at 2:07 PM

They should wear kilts because we women happen to love them in one! Good enough reason to me!


15 catslady December 11, 2012 at 3:25 PM

I love the humor and also the truth of it all. I think all men look better in a “uniform” of any kind because it does show their confidence and pride! And I think they would be very convenient lol. I look forward to your newest book!


16 Grace Burrowes December 11, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Never thought of the kilt as a uniform, but to the extent that formal attire is full of prescribed details, colors, and protocol, I guess it is.


17 Marie December 11, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Congratulations on the new release, Grace! The list was great, too. Men wearing kilts give off a sense of both personal confidence and historical/cultural awareness, which are both appealing qualities!


18 Diane Sallans December 16, 2012 at 5:21 PM

I love Grace’s stories! Highlanders & Kilts are words that always catch my eye. It’s great to see a man who takes pride in his heritage by wearing a kilt.


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