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Kilty Pleasure

Something says to me that I shouldn’t be enjoying it as much as I am.

Lord knows my Daddy is probably rolling over in his grave.  If he was still alive, I doubt he could deal with me wearing anything remotely resembling a dress or skirt.

I bet he’d even scoff at me wearing a towel around my waist after a shower.

He never did.

Wear a towel, that is.

He always tromped from the bathroom to his bedroom with his towel around his neck, catching the drip of his wet hair.

Maybe that’s where I got my tendency towards being nekkid.   I just grew up with it seeming natural.

But a kilt?

He wouldn’t find much natural in that.

Even with the Scots-Irish part of my heritage coming from his side.1

But, my Daddy is dead.  Besides, I’m my own man.

So, I ordered one.

A kilt.

From Scotland.

And after about 12 weeks wait, it finally arrived.

My kilt.

Authentic from Scotland.

The tartan is called Black Watch.  It’s technically not the correct one for the clan2 that my family name is associated with.  But except for one minor detail the plaids are very similar.  Essentially the same.  I wanted to try out the whole idea of wearing a kilt before I invest3  in a custom made one, and I found a Black Watch readily available at a reasonable cost.

And I love it.

Although I admit it took a little getting used to the visual in the mirror4, there is a certain manliness to the feel of wearing a kilt.

I can’t explain it, really.  There’s just something about walking around open-legged and swinging free, ready to do whatever needs to be done.

No zippers.  No packing and unpacking.

Just you, the soft brush of fabric, and a standing invitation to catch the breeze.

I can’t believe more societies didn’t  take to wearing them them.  Or that they are not as common among Scots as they used to be.  Why women ever switched over to pants when they could have this kind of freedom blows my mind a little.

Speaking of blowing minds, I sprung the kilt on The Attorney on Easter Sunday.  I changed into it and then called him to the stairs, where I was waiting at the top like I was Rob Roy standing on the hillside.  I doubt it was the picture I had in my head, but if his momentary silence wasn’t from his mind being blown, it was at least from curiosity.

“What is this all about?” he asked me.

I told him how I’d being wanting to get a kilt for a while and he at least responded in a positive way.

“I think it kind of works on you.”

Then he asked the age old question.

“What are you wearing under there?”

“Just your lips,” I snarled, in my best Braveheart imitation.5

My response was a take on a joke I heard a long time ago where a man asked a Scotsman what he is wearing under his kilt, and the Scotsman replied back, “Your wife’s lipstick!”

I think that may be what planted the seed for my Kilty Pleasure.

{ fin }

  1. along with a little bit of Cherokee. Which makes me wonder what his opinion would be on a loincloth. []
  2. Lamont []
  3. Hundreds of dollars. []
  4. If nothing else, my fears of looking like a Brittney Spears in the “Hit Me Baby One More Time” video were calmed. []
  5. Which is pretty bad. []
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  1. Sue Sue

    You look absolutely natural in it. As if you have been wearing it all your life. I am not kidding. I’m going to post it on my blog!

    BTW – Fair View has moved. My new url is:

  2. Pac Pac

    Oh, it works for you Tony. (Obvious understatement.)

  3. Tony – see my comment on Sues post 🙂

  4. Cb Cb

    Unfortunately, my main take-away from this post is the image of your dad walking naked through the house– and wondering if he was “built” similarly to you??

  5. S. S.

    Wouldn’t it be faster/cheaper to go to a uniform store (for Catholic schools, for example) and buy one there?

    I know I couldn’t wait 3 months for my kilt.

  6. brian brian

    You go boy!
    Where will you wear it first??

  7. Steve Steve

    Nice! Mine is half sheep wool and half steel wool. They are liberating though, Just wait for your first stiff, warm breeze.

  8. Paul from Q Paul from Q

    Nice, indeed. But Texaco? Maybe industrial lube?

  9. California Alex California Alex

    No sporran and chain?

  10. LOVE IT!! I love seeing sexy men with sexy legs in a kilt….mmmmmm

  11. John John

    The Black Watch are a crack Scots infantry unit and they have a black, blue, and green tartan.

  12. Jon Jon

    I celebrated New Years Eve at a party of about 1,000 young Scots at The Corn Exchange in Edinburgh this year. I was surprised at the number of men in kilts, from those in simple peasant blouses to full dress uniforms. Between sets of contemporary music spun by a DJ, there were traditional folk dances backed by a live Scottish band – a great way to ring in 2011. It was wonderful to see so many people so immersed in their culture. The line-up at the men’s room urinal with lifted skirts was especially interesting!

  13. Earlier this month I attended a black tie event and several of the guys were wearing kilts. Definitely was a sexy twist.

    Come up to Boston and parade around in it.


  14. If you take BosGuy up on his invite – let me know! : )

  15. sfjohn sfjohn

    “Getting used to the visual”?? I can’t take my eyes off it 😉

  16. It looks absolutely fantastic on you, but I imagine most things do. Go Tony!

  17. Kerry Kerry

    I’ll admit it suits you!

  18. mikey mikey

    I guess I just surprised that you didn’t need to lower the hem in order to remain, uh, undercover.

  19. Lee Lee

    When will we get to see you doing the kilt right?

  20. This really works for you.

  21. David David

    Congrats on the kilt and to the future of you getting one made. Nice story, and again, thanks for sharing.

  22. David David

    I just finished reading all the other posts. I couldn’t understand how everyone knew what you looked like in a kilt because I didn’t see any picture, then I found your link. …you look great in your kilt. Enjoy this one and the ones to come!

  23. I always though it would be interesting to wear a kilt. And everyone asks “what are you wearing under there” I heard that if you wear underwear, then it is just a skirt.

  24. Rob Rob

    Tony… painter… how do you not know about Utilikilts. The most comfortable thing in the world to work in as any self respecting construction slut knows. You’d never want to get a drip (at least paint) on that fine woolen fabric but cotton twill only gets softer and more broken in the more you strut around in it. Your long legs strutting around the woods in the camo kilt would drive the attorney nuts.

  25. Rob Rob

    And thanks to and the post on Friday for the much better view of what benefits most from any wearing of the kilt.

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