When did you first start wearing kilts?
I bought my first Utilikilt about 12 years ago. I had seen them online and at various festivals too. I got up the courage to finally buy one and I have never gone back. From there I bought, another and then another. Now I have 4 Utilikilts and 1 Scottish kilt.
Do you have to be Scottish to wear one?
No. What first appealed to me, was that it was different and that it looked cool. It was stylish and had a bit of a rock & roll edge to it. I have Scottish ancestry on my mother’s side, but have only seen 1 photo of any family members in a kilt. I have since learned what clan the family was from (Gordon) and finally have a Scottish kilt in my family tartan (plaid) after wearing only Utilikilts for years.
What do you wear under your kilt?
Most times I go commando (regimental). But when I am going to be getting up and down a lot (like when I go to the Concerts in the Park, and often just sit on a blanket), or going to a more formal event, I will wear underwear.
What kilts do you recommend?
I done some investigating with kilts, since I am into them. Some of the companies I recommend are: Sport Kilt, Amerikilt, Utilikilts — my personal fav, Heritage of Scotland, Atlanta Kilts, UT Kilts, Bilt Kilt and Stumptown Kilts. I only have personal experience with Utilikilts and Atlanta Kilts, but the others defintitely have some nice products. Prices and styles vary.
Have you ever had sex in your kilt?
Yes, and it only happened once. It was when my partner and I went on a hike. We found a secluded spot, and it was nice to have the easy access. All I had to do was lift up the kilt… and the rest is in your imagination.
What do you do when someone calls it a skirt?
I will usually correct them depending on who is doing it and what the context is. Some people are not sure it is a kilt, if I am wearing a utility-type one. I have heard kids call it a skirt a few times as in “Daddy, why is that guy wearing a skirt?” But then, the parent will usually correct them and tell them it is kilt.
Any embarrassing situations happen while wearing it?
Not really. The closest I can think of is one time when I went to a Madonna concert. When I came out, it was raining, so I decided to run to the car. I definitely felt the kilt flip up as I was running. And no, there was no one else around. I was commando that night — which is best for all the dancing I did at the show.
Do you play (or where are) the bagpipes?
I have been asked this more times than I can count! No, I don’t play the bagpipes and have no interest in learning them. People don’t get that I like to wear kilts on a casual basis. There doesn’t have to be a special event or a Scottish festival for me to wear one.
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