I have the idea of wearing my kilt whilst travelling around Europe. It will be a lighter fabric than the traditional woolen one as it would be too warm for summer in Europe.

What is a kilt?

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hint: it's the thing he's wearing round his waist that looks like a skirt.


Kilts are quite functional for walking and travelling. I am planning on getting one of these when I travel.

Also I would like to see what reactions I get from people when travelling around Europe.

Where am I going in Europe?


  • So have any of you worn a unique piece of clothing associated with your country, e.g. a Stetson hat from Texas, USA or a beret from France?

  • What were the reactions you got from doing this when in another country?

  • Did you receive any trouble for doing so or did you get positive reactions?

  • Do you think it could cause offense in some countries, e.g. bare legs are forbidden?

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    I'm pretty sure bare hairy masculine legs are not forbidden per se, however you should excuse people averting their eyes, generally ignoring you, and in some rare cases gouging their eyes with red-hot pokes :-) – mindcorrosive Feb 15 '12 at 11:47
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    I think this is a cool idea. You'll draw a lot of attention in many places (especially outside big cities) but I can't think of any area in Europe where you would run into outright trouble with this. – Pekka Feb 15 '12 at 14:35
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    I suggest you don't attempt to go through airport security wearing a kilt. Unless you enjoy that sort of thing. – Tom Hawtin - tackline Feb 15 '12 at 16:51
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    I'm not a fashion adviser, but i think you also must wear an axe to look cool in a kilt... – iHaveacomputer Feb 16 '12 at 5:37
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    You also need a lacy shirt and a sporran, and a knife in your sock. Maybe a little bonnet with a ribbon. – RedSonja May 7 '15 at 11:15

I wore my kilt (heavyweight one) round Germany and I can heartily recommend it - I made many friends, had lots of drinks bought for me and got invited to a lot of events and parties as people could spot the Scotsman a mile off. I'm assuming you are Scottish - if not, you may get some hassle, potentially, for pretending to be one :-)

In the summer it can be a little uncomfortable as Europe can get a lot hotter than Scotland, and kilts were made for cold environments, but a lightweight one may well be fine.

I'm not sure how good they are for long distances - I ran a half marathon wearing one and ended up with bleeding welts across both legs. Very painful. Especially if it is raining - the edge of the kilt will become like razor blades!

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    I am Scottish but I am British , if you get what I mean :) – tomaytotomato Feb 15 '12 at 11:51
  • Also what did you wear with it , sports socks and trainers? I was thinking a nice pair of casual trainers and medium length white sports socks with a casual t shirt? – tomaytotomato Feb 15 '12 at 12:10
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    Sports socks, hiking boots and a Scotland rugby top :-) – Rory Alsop Feb 15 '12 at 12:51
  • You see though the rugby top is too much of a give away, i think I will stick to a plain white t. it will make them think harder! – tomaytotomato Feb 15 '12 at 13:36
  • As long as it's not a see-through top... – kotekzot Feb 16 '12 at 12:26

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