Brian Wilton of the Scottish Tartan's Authority this week raised the issue of what to or not to wear under you kilt. For Mr Wilton the issue is one of common sense and hygiene 'the idea that you are not a real Scot unless you are bare under your kilt should be thrown into the same wastepaper basket as the idea that you're not a real Scot unless you put salt on you porridge' he continues 'Common sense and decency suggest that for the majority of occasions one should wear under the kilt what one would wear under a pair of trousers'. He points to the issue of hygiene that companies who hire kilt have faced, with some companies now insisting that underwear is worn under their hire kilts
However others feel strongly that not wearing anything is traditional and should be upheld, Former Formula One driver David Coulthard insists 'I've been wearing a kilt since I was a little boy and will continue to wear my kilts in the time-honoured fashion. There is nothing childish or unhygienic about it.'
Supporters of the commando approach point out that 'The tradition of no underwear being worn was a stipulation of Scottish military regulation'
While the case for wearing something is clearer for hire kilts, once you have your own kilt I think either option works. I think wearing nothing adds to the distinctiveness of the Scottish national dress, but on a windy day it might be wise to have another layer!
What's your position? do you care to bare ? we would love to hear your thoughts.