Reflections in a kilt

Reflections in a kilt

About the blog

This weblog is mainly to describe slices-of-life in a kilt and with the objective, of course, that more men shall make the kilt a valuable addition to their wardrobe.

The more we are the easier it is.

Improved web designs

Kilt wearingPosted by Greg Tue, July 05, 2016 11:07:56

Just a few years ago I complained about kilt makers’ and vendors’ pretty bad web sites.

Well, still some are looking most old fashioned, but most sites have obviously been renewed, resulting in a better design and improved functionality.

A site that has really impressed me is the new Heritage of home page. Not that their old web site was ever bad, far from, but the new one is definitely more stylish, and then it gives a lot of information on kilts, tartans, clans etc. Add to that it is as easy as never before to order a kilt according to your measures.

Only one thing could need a revision: When ordering a kilt you might get the impression that you have only 10 (most popular) or 20 (view all) tartans to choose from. And that is not the case.

There are in fact no less than 1.500 tartans on their tartan list. But if your are looking for a nice tartan you must know the name of it (not all customers have their one and only tartan) – or be inspired somewhere else, like on The Scottish Register of Tartans site – and then return to the Heritage pf Scotland site to check the price.

It is a little bit complicated. Much better, it would be, could you have tartans on display, sorted by letter or colour(s).

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My old kilt

Kilt wearingPosted by Greg Wed, June 29, 2016 16:37:24

”Do you know, this kilt must be nearly 20 years old?” I a couple of days told my wife.
And it must be, not being my first kilt, but one of the first ones.

“It still looks very nice”, she answered and added “I think tartans, like this, not too colorful look the best.”

I had on my four yard wool kilt in Ramsay Blue tartan, meaning a rather subdued blue, black and a thin white stripe.

The picture above, showing me in my Ramsay tartan kilt is a few months old

So now having got a clue I might perhaps think of buying myself a new kilt in a somewhat subdued tartan. What a pleasant occupation look for a suitable one.

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Austrian made kilts

Kilt wearingPosted by Greg Wed, June 29, 2016 15:49:25

High quality kilts shall also after Brexit be available within EU; even if they come in tartans of their own. I’m thinking of the Austrian Rettl Company, which for years has been in business with their fashionable Corinthian kilts.

In fact, I know of no other kilt maker or vendor doing so much for promoting kilts.

Just have a look at the new 132 pages Rettl & Friends web magazine:

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How about a camouflage kilt?

Kilt wearingPosted by Greg Wed, June 29, 2016 15:34:06

You like kilts but are not so much for tartans, or you should just like some variety:

Perhaps a Camouflage kilt might be a good idea. Scotweb is selling such kilts for just 99 GBP.

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Consequenses of Brexit

Kilt wearingPosted by Greg Wed, June 29, 2016 15:27:07

The United Kingdom is to leave The European Union and that also includes Scotland – at least until the Scots might chose independence - and Europe.

But what does the Brexit mean to kilt buyers living in Europe? Well technically it is going to be a bit more complicated. But prices on kilts should not go up very much, if at all.

For years it has been extremely easy – one of the blessings of belonging to EU. You just paid the price including British VAT and had your kilt delivered.

When the Brexit is a reality it shall be different:

You’ll have to pay the kilt price excluding British VAT plus freight, added 12% import tax, added your local VAT plus a handling fee to the courier company. 10 EU countries do have a VAT rate of 20 % or lower. In 6 countries it is approx. the same (21%) and in 11 it varies from 22% to 27%, meaning worse.

It is to believe, however, that the British Pound shall loose so much compared to the Euro and other European currencies (it has already started) that this shall more than compensate for the 12 % import tax on clothing. In some countries, therefore their new kilt might become a little cheaper, in others a little bit more expensive.

Right now, who these days is ordering a kilt from Scotland can save money compared to one month ago.

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Kilt wearingPosted by Greg Tue, January 12, 2016 22:22:43

Right now fine casual kilts are really cheap. Heritage of sells them with 20% off, meaning a good opportunity to order your first kilt or just buy yourself another one. Many tartans to choose.

Back in 2007 I bought one of these kilts, in MacLeod of Harris tartan. And today I have actually been wearing it again. It’s really amazing how good this kilt is still looking, after all these years of frequent wearing.

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I haven't lost interest

Kilt wearingPosted by Greg Sat, June 06, 2015 07:36:15

I’m not too often here on my blog. Having always complained about not maintained webpages on the internet, I should be, however.

Well, contrary to kilt makers and vendors of kilts I don’t make this for a living. I just like buying kilts and accessories AND, first of all, wearing them. That I will whenever possible, which again means almost every day year round. I never need a reason or an excuse; just acceptable weather. That may explain my rather seldom activity here. I simply didn’t get the time.

In future I’ll try to write a little bit more, however. I’ll try.

I have been busy on the internet, nevertheless. A few months ago I have been giving my homepage, Dress2kilt, a completely new layout. Some text was revised and the gallery was increased by about 500 pictures; now sorted by tartan. It took quite some time. If you have not yet noticed, you may take a look.

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Kilts or kilted skirts for women?

Kilt wearingPosted by Greg Sat, June 06, 2015 07:06:49

Normally we hear that the kilt is for men only; women wear kilted skirts, when in behind-pleated, wrap-over (tartan) things. At least this is a distinction Scotsmen seem to prefer. Well, on other languages than English a kilt has probably always been just a kilt, whoever gender were supposed to wear it.

Yesterday I on the internet found a new site, Le Kilt, belonging to a female Scottish kilt maker making kilts – for women.

Even if you are looking for KILTS you may nevertheless enjoy this site, due to its most elegant layout. And, by the way, the kilts themselves handmade in Scotland for women by Samantha McCouch and branded Le Kilt are looking absolutely gorgeous.

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