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Old 01-27-2007, 03:42 PM   #1
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Default Kilt w/Suspenders???

Years ago, I saw a Life magazine with some artifacts from the life of the Duke of Windsor. One of them was a kilt in the Balmoral tartan. The interesting thing about the kilt was that it had buttons for suspenders. Was/Is this a common practice??
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Old 01-27-2007, 04:00 PM   #2
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It wasn't all that common, but it was done; I had a PM in the early 70s who held his kilt up with braces. Said it was better for blowing, but I think it was because he had a bad back.
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Old 01-27-2007, 07:19 PM   #3
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I've had this suggested many times in conjunction with wearing a tunic, doublet, or Prince Charlie. Seems sound....prevent the descent, so to speak!
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Old 01-27-2007, 10:59 PM   #4
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I've seen buttons conecting the tunic to the kilt. Efectivly making the tunic braces.
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Old 01-27-2007, 11:19 PM   #5
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As observed last August at the Worlds in Grade 1 bands, most pipers and drummers do not wear a belt (so, what's ABOVE the kilt?).
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Old 01-28-2007, 09:22 AM   #6
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Once I've seen it at it was not ages ago.

During some reharsals in Edinburgh on a hot Summer day , August 2003, the DM had removed his plaid and doublet and was supervising our drills in kilt and t-shirt, with a nice pair of braces to keep his kilt in place in full evidence.

I guess that he was using the kilt tunic buttons Robin mentioned with his braces.
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Old 01-28-2007, 07:14 PM   #7
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I recall the discussion about wearing a belt with a waistcoat. It was decided that a belt should not be worn with a waistcoat (vest in North America).
Well, absent the belt, how does one hold up a kilt that isa bit too large. Thumb tacks hardly seem like a viable option. I use suspenders and so does the the PM of the Jacksonville Pipes and Drums.
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Old 01-28-2007, 07:18 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by Glazenn:
As observed last August at the Worlds in Grade 1 bands, most pipers and drummers do not wear a belt (so, what's ABOVE the kilt?).
I haven't worn a belt with my kilt in probably 8 years. Never been a problem for me...

To the original topic, I had mentioned the suspenders idea to my dad, and he reported that it worked great with a slightly over sized kilt he wore with a jacket not too long ago. I'm sure he used clip on type, not buttons

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Old 01-29-2007, 02:04 AM   #9
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I have seen a picture from about sometime between the 1920s and the 1950s in which a boy wears a kilt with suspenders.

I've seen my bandmate Mirek wear suspenders with his WWII reenactment battledress, and I think he was wearing it with the kilt rather than the trousers. He has a "beer belly" and a rather wide kilt, I'd say.
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Old 01-29-2007, 03:54 AM   #10
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Have a look at this:

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The re-enactor is wearing a Black Watch 1882 uniform.
The photo was taken at Fort George in 2005.
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