What is Highland Dress?

Highland Dress is basically a traditional dress that belongs to Scotland. It is usually referred as the national dress of Scotland. The Highland dress includes two main things, namely, kilt/trews and full plaid/fly plaid that featured tartan pattern. Few additional accessories that highlanders wore along with their outfit contains sporrans, belts, full knee-socks sgian-dubh, kilt pins, kilt hose, and clan badges.

Many people confuse Highland dress as men only outfit. However, that’s completely false because women also wore highland dresses. Their highland dress also contains clan tartans, and that tartan can be a family clan or if she’s married then her husband’s clan but it all depends on the women, which one she’d like to go with.

Traditionally, women and young girls weren’t allowed to wear kilts. They instead wore a modified version of the kilt, that was ankle length skirts that featured tartan patterns on them, along side a matching blouse and vest. Additionally, earasaid, ash, or tonnag can also be worn with the skirts. They are normally pinned down using a brooch or clan badge.

After that comes Ghillies, that are thin, and foldable turnshoes. Nowadays, ghillies are often used for dancing and indoor wearing. The sole is removed from one piece of leather material and wrapped over the foot. The same leather is also used to be laced and seamed at the heel and toe area.

There is also another type of Ghillie shoes and they are known as Ghillie brogues. They are basically thick-soled shoes, that can also be used in outdoors and with formal wear. The common thing between these two different types of Ghillies is that the laces on both are wrapped over the wearer’s ankle and tied properly so that the shoes stay firm and do not get pulled off.

The Highland dress is mostly worn as a folk costume in various events or parties around the globe. It also holds the same popularity as centuries ago. Many Scottish people around the world still wears Highland Dress as a way to express their love and honor their culture and heritage.

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