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Styles of Kilt Wear
Today most Scotsmen see kilts as formal dress or ceremonial dress. They are often worn at weddings or other formal occasions, while there are still a few people who wear them daily. Kilts are also used for parades by groups like the Scouts, and in many places kilts are seen in force at Highland games and pipe band championships as well as being worn at Scottish country dances and ceilidhs.
Kilts have become normal wear for formal occasions, for example being hired for weddings, and the kilt is being worn by anyone regardless of nationality or descent. Although a white tie style exists, the more common style of formal Highland regalia is seen in black tie.
The Kilt Today
Modern kilts have up to eight metres of material which is thickly pleated at the back and sides, with the pleats stitched together only at the waistband. Fashion designers have also tried to update the kilt and make it appeal to a wider audience by using non-tartan designs and material such as leather.
At the beginning of the 21th century, several companies—including Utilikilts, Sport Kilt, NeoKilt, Pittsburgh Kilts and Kilt2—began producing garments that are often not tartan, and referring to their products as kilts. Their products often include revisions of the traditional kilt design, often with pockets, symmetrical pleats, lower waistlines mirroring modern trouser waistlines, and a variety of fabrics and patterns.
One of the major selling points of these garments is that one does not have to be of Scottish descent to enjoy the "freedom" and ventilation of wearing a kilt. Another major selling point, especially among actual Scot descendants, is that these kilts tend to be significantly cheaper.