As you may have already heard, today is “Opt Out Day,” in which people intend to protest the TSA naked x-ray machines by refusing to go through them and instead get a pat down. Some have even called for more drastic measures—Jeffrey Goldberg at the Atlantic has come up with the brilliant idea for men to wear kilts, commando-style, through security. At the same time, the Scottish Tartans Authority has issued a warning about hygiene and wearing kilts without underwear. While it’s actually the tradition to go underpants-less with a kilt, the association makes the following plea: “We are saying, please use common sense and decency, as it can be unhygienic and it can be offensive. If you are out and about in a kilt, then remember to show some decorum. If you are hiring a kilt, then wear underwear because some of them are left in a horrible state.” (Eww!) There was no word on whether the well-timed statement was in response to Opt Out Day … or if they’re just having a bit of a cleanliness problem in Scotland at the moment. [New York Times] Keep reading »
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Fur th’ kilt-wearin’ lad who likes th’ freedom of the murt, a regular Scottish plaid print might jist be a bit ower th’ top fur everyday wearin’. That’s whaur Utilikilt steps in, to provide fashionable guys wi’ a variety of kilts for non-bagpipe-related occasions. Fur th’ workin’ man, there’s a khaki skirt perfect fur th’ construction site, ootfitted wi’ pockets to hauld tools like yer hammers and such. Fer yer black tie events, yuh gotcher tuxedo kilt, wi’ a sleek satin stripe doon th’ side.
While we’re still not sure how we feel about men in tights, couture designers like John Galliano, Comme des Garçons, and Etro are putting men in skirts and sending them down the runway. And we’re not talking tribal Scottish kilts here either — a woman could easily wear these duds for dudes. The designer taste makers claim the look of a skirt for men has been catching on all over Europe this past season and now they have been showing off the menswear trend during the Spring/Summer 2009 Fashion Week in New York.
I have Scottish blood running through my arteries and veins, so the sight of a man in a kilt isn’t as horrific to me as it might be for others. That doesn’t mean I’m hoping men will start wearing them regularly, especially when they’re made from duck cloth instead of a family tartan. But at $140, the Utilikilt is a splurge, and it’s unlikely that men will start purchasing them en masse. Unless they realize that wearing one will give their precious bits more room to breathe. [ThinkGeek via Uncrate] Keep reading »