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Dress tartans
By highlandlad
On Thu Jun 20, 2013 07:07 AM

From the few male dancers I have seen competing in highland dance they seem less likely to wear dress tartan (main color and white) and are more likely to wear darker colors like at weddings. Does this mean dress tartans are considered more a feminine style or do guys often wear dress tartans as well?

10 Replies to Dress tartans

re: Dress tartans
By heather4
On Thu Jun 20, 2013 07:44 AM
I think all of the premier male dancers in our area wear dress tartans. There are lots of dress tartans suitable for male dancers.
re: Dress tartans
By kinsidhe
On Thu Jun 20, 2013 08:28 AM
I think save one, every male dancer I've seen in Comps have been wearing a dress tartan of some sort. Typically the darker colours, navy blue, greens, blacks etc. though I did see one wearing turquoise and it looked smashing on him!
re: Dress tartans
By Star77member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:29 AM
One of the boys in our province wears lime green and I think he has lime green trews too! My brother and another boy in our studio wore the burgundy Cunningham in Premier...
re: Dress tartans
By emmyport
On Thu Jun 20, 2013 07:45 PM
I've seen most male dancers in dress tartans, and have seen lots of pictures, as well. Here is a sample: pinterest.com . . .

The only Premier dancer I've seen recently (last 5 years or so) in a non-dress tartan was in military dress.
re: Dress tartans
By BunHeadAlymember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Fri Jun 21, 2013 01:30 AM
In my area I've never seen a male dancer in a non dress tartan.

I've never seen a male dancer in a 'girlish' colour tho.
re: Dress tartans
By moara
On Fri Jun 21, 2013 06:00 AM
Historically, men wore solid coloured tartans and women wore tartans with more white in them because wool started out white, and women got the cheaper fabric for their apparel.

Up until a few years ago, highland dancers stuck with this traditional distinction between the genders, even though the conventional wisdom was that more white in the tartan helps you stand out on stage.

Recently, I guess, guys have been more concerned with competitive advantage, than wearing traditional tartans.

For weddings, men don't need to stand out to judges, so they still like to wear the darker tartans.

That said, my brother (a non-dancer) has a dress Gordon kilt that he inherited from an elderly neighbor.
re: Dress tartans
By LoriCook
On Fri Jun 21, 2013 05:54 PM
My son dances in dress Gordon. It's a nice tartan for boys and easy to find.
re: Dress tartans
By cuttlefish
On Fri Jun 21, 2013 06:24 PM
I've seen a lot of bright lime green and turquoise on boys/men in my area. There doesn't seem to be too much of a gender divide in terms of tartans, apart from the bright pinks/purples which I have yet to see on a male. I'd just pick whatever tartan you like.
re: Dress tartans
By bree_dancer
On Fri Jun 21, 2013 07:08 PM
www.youtube.com . . .

This little fellow is dancing in a pink kilt. What a great mother to let him wear what he wants :)
re: Dress tartans
By BunHeadAlymember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Fri Jun 21, 2013 08:24 PM
If my son's father wasn't so adamant on his wearig the family tartan (MacKenzie) I would so let him wear a pink tartan if he wanted to. Heck I might still let him if he REALLY wants to. I've come across a purple version so...

That little boy's skin looked wonderful against that tartan. We have the same skin tone so something to think about. :P

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