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February 4, 2013

The Kilt

I’ve skirted around the idea for years, but I’m glad I finally got to wear a kilt.  The Scots have been wearing them for centuries, and fashion had reinterpreted the garment in a multitude of ways: heavy and black at Yohji, voluminous and tartan-plaid at Comme and Westwood, shorter and over pants at Rick.  I’ve shied away from wearing skirts for the trouble of having to overcompensate and butch the outfit up with combat boots or the like, but I decided to throw caution to the wind and have a simple one tailor-made while I was in Manila for a couple of months.   I was very pleased with what came out: a simple basic black skirt with the ease of big shorts; my tailor kilt it.

Missoni sweater, tailor-made kilt of my own design, Vans sneakers

It really is more of a basic pleated skirt than a traditional kilt, for the lack of the fold-over, because I wanted to keep things simple in this maiden foray into legless bottoms.  I had my tailor construct the skirt out of black suiting wool, zip and hook sides with a side zip, 2.5-inch pleats, and pockets.  I had it measured to hang right at my hip when worn on its own, and it can hike up to my true waist when worn over pants.

tailor-made kilt with pockets

Wearing a kilt for the first time was a treat.  It was breezy, and very comfortable.  Looking at myself in the mirror, I never felt more masculine than I did wearing this skirt: it had heft, it was strong and angular, and it showed off my calves.  One thing of note though—I learned the hard way to make sure not to spread my legs while wearing it.  Next time, I’ll wear shorts underneath.  I’ll be donning this through the warmer months, with t-shirts and beat-up oxfords, perhaps even with a button-down and a structured jacket.

concrete, a net, and a ball: concrete corner ring by 22designstudio and net+ball ring, both from Kapok Hong Kong


photographs by Sophia Callahan


  • moiminnie
    February 4th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    This looks great on you, I don’t think I’ve seen a boy wear a skirt so well. Rock on! x

  • David BEROD
    February 4th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Hi , i’m a huge fan of your blog ,I’d like to know if you’d agree to advert my page on your blog , i’m a young artist


  • Brandon Acton-Bond
    February 4th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Welcome to the club boo! it suits you <3

  • Danny
    February 4th, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Awesome! Maybe I can give it a try too.

  • Domenic Bartlett-Roylance
    February 5th, 2013 at 6:54 am

    that’s a pretty interesting sweater.

    xx Domenic


  • Men's Skirts
    February 6th, 2013 at 6:59 am


  • Syed
    February 7th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    That looks pretty cool. I don’t even wear shorts without leggings underneath, so I’d probably pair them with trousers (or better yet, the kilted Comme trousers), but they look really great on you!

  • BougieHippie
    February 7th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    That last pic & those rings are amazing!

  • tony
    February 9th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    its a very nice outfit!!! keep up :-)

  • Iris & Daniel
    February 14th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    this kilt is the best!! omg

  • Paul Coyne
    April 2nd, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I love those rings but especially the concrete ring… Love to see alternative materials used.

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