HIGHLAND DRESS INFORMATION


Black Tie

White Tie (Full Dress)


FORMAL EVENINGWEAR

(Equivalent to black tie.)

Hat:

Balmoral or Glengarry. These should be in a dark color, normally black or navy blue.

Jacket:

An Argyll Jacket or Prince Charlie. These are worn with black tie and vest or evening belt. There are other styles that are appropriate as well. These typically have metallic buttons, and come in a variety of colors (though black is the most common.)

Shirt:

A tuxedo shirt.

Tie:

A bow tie in any color but white. One sees jabots with Prince Charlie jackets on occasion, but this is not particularly common.

Belt:

Usually black, with a metallic buckle. The buckle can be jeweled.

Sporran:

Any style, though most consider those with fur and/or metallic accents to be more appropriate. Horsehair sporrans are items of uniform dress.

Kiltpin:

Any style. Jeweled pins are appropriate as well.

Hose:

Hose should be either diced (checked) or in a tartan to match your kilt. These can have cuffs like normal kilt hose, or they can be castleated. Castleated hose have no cuff and are notched at the top to look like the embattlements of a castle. If such hose are worn, and you want to wear garters, they must be tie-on instead of the normal style with elastic buckles.

Accessories:

Evening plaid or Fly Plaid: Some wear these with black tie, but they are typically reserved for more formal occasions. For a description, scroll down to the "white tie" section.

Dirk: A dirk, jeweled or otherwise, is appropriate as well, and is typically worn on the right side. However, some believe this to be more appropriate for white tie occasions.

Medals and Insigniae: Miniature medals and insigniae are always appropriate with Scottish evening attire. No service ribbons or large medals should be worn.

Shoes:

Any formal dress shoe. The Scottish styles include the Ghillie Brogues and "Mary Jane" evening shoes. The latter are a style of slip-on shoe including a silver buckle.

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FORMAL EVENINGWEAR

(Equivalent to white tie.)

Hat:

Balmoral or Glengarry. These should be in a dark color, normally black or navy blue.

Jacket:

A doublet. This can be single breasted, double breasted, or cutaway in the front. They can be made with tails and flaps like a piper's tunic, short tails and flaps, or no tails and flaps. These jackets have a high collar. There is also a so-called "Regulation doublet," which is similar to a Prince Charlie, except that it has tails and flaps. This can be worn with black or white tie, and was very popular during the Victorian era. (Click here for more information on Doublets.)

Shirt:

No shirt need be worn with the doublet, depending on style. The Sherriffmuir doublet, which is cutaway, requires a shirt. Any shirt which is worn should have a high collar as well, as it fits better under the high collar of the doublet.

Tie:

No tie is worn with doublets. One may wear a jabot if desired.

Belt:

Usually black, with a metallic buckle. The buckle can be jeweled.

Sporran:

Any style, though most consider those with fur and/or metallic accents to be more appropriate.

Kiltpin:

Any style. Jeweled pins are appropriate as well.

Hose:

Hose should be either diced (checked) or in a tartan to match your kilt. These can have cuffs like normal kilt hose, or they can be castleated. Castleated hose have no cuff and are notched at the top to look like the embattlements of a castle. If such hose are worn, and you want to wear garters, they must be tie-on instead of the normal style with elastic buckles. If one lacks tartan hose, one can wear plain hose. Most consider white to be the most appropriate color.

Accessories:

Evening plaid or Fly Plaid: An evening plaid (similar to a drummer's plaid) or a fly plaid is appropriate to wear with full dress attire. It is worn with the end brought over the right shoulder and is fastened to the doublet with a brooch. Jeweled brooches are appropriate.

Dirk: A dirk, jeweled or otherwise, is appropriate as well, and is typically worn on the right side.

Medals and Insigniae: Miniature medals and insigniae are always appropriate with Scottish evening attire. No service ribbons or large medals should be worn.

Shoes:

Any formal dress shoe. The Scottish styles include the Ghillie Brogues and "Mary Jane" evening shoes. The latter are a style of slip-on shoe including a silver buckle.

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