The kilt is the national dress of Scotland. Worn by men and boys, it was first used by those living in the Scottish Highlands in the 16th century. It soon became a favourite clothing item across Scotland and later gained popularity in other parts of the world. The kilt resembles a skirt though it is of different construction. It is wrapped around the waist and go all the way to the knees.
The kilt is a tailored garment made of twill and wool and traditionally featuring a tartan pattern. It has an interesting wearing pattern where the kilt is ironed and arranged in such a manner that it forms a long drape. The wearer starts wrapping the fabric around waist starting from the frontal left and strapping or tucking it in when arriving at the right side. Belts, buckles and other fasteners are used to ensure proper fitting.
Kilt is often considered a formal item though it is increasingly becoming a casual outfit. Internationally renowned designers have started experimenting with the kilt to popularize it in other parts of the world. Marc Jacobs is such a fan of the kilt that he has started wearing it to every casual and formal event.
He has designed a new pattern for kilts where he has combined the traditional features with modern designs. Tartan is no longer a choice design as he uses conventional khakis and other variants in his kilts. This has prompted other designers to come up with unique kilt designs of their own.
The kilt has a bright future. It is still being worn at formal events by a significant number of Scots. Design improvements have encouraged people to experiment with kilts and include them in their casual or formal wear. This means that the kilt is here to stay. It will be interesting to see modern kilt designs rubbing shoulders with the traditional tartans.