St Andrew’s day in Saltire style – we’ll drink to that With both the Christmas party and Scottish winter festival seasons kicking off with the feast of St Andrew’s day on Sunday (30th), what better excuse could there be for a good ol’ fashioned knees up (not that we need one of course…!) Right here in Edinburgh all the Sunday action will be happening down at St Andrew’s Square at the east end of George Street. Live music, a traditional Scottish market and a Scottish dance workshop - led by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society – are just a few of the exciting highlights planned for the day. I, however, am saving myself for the haggis hunt. So the party is ready…but are you ready to party? As the saying goes, you need the right tool for the job – and dressing the part for the occasion is no exception. And, of course, what else could there be that immediately springs to mind other than the unmistakable Saltire for an occasion like this? Possibly the most iconic and widely recognised symbol of Scotland itself, the Saltire – the national flag of Scotland – was first recognised in 1180 during the reign of William I. According to legend, the Christian apostle and martyr St Andrew, our patron saint, was crucified on an X-shaped cross at Patras in Achaea, which is where its origins stem from. So if ever there was a day for Saltire in the festivities calendar, St Andrew’s day is it. To help you look the the part on St Andrew’s day we’ve compiled our top tips to give you some inspiration: - Too often feasting, partying and keeping your best kilt smart and clean don’t go well together – so invest in a casual kilt, such as a 5 Yard Polyviscose Kilt (we like to call it a ‘drinking’ or ‘party’ kilt!) for the season. Also great for wearing to football and rugby fixtures throughout the year. - If you are going to a full dress event, nothing can beat a beautifully crafted Saltire sporran to create that ‘wow’ factor or a striking belt buckle. - Accessories are a great way to update any outfit and add a touch of something extra if you don’t want to go all out (also great if you do go all out!) Small, detailed items including socks and cufflinks can really add a special touch to any outfit. Light and easy to pack, they also make great gifts and presents to take home as a memento of the day. So whatever you are up to this St Andrew’s day, enjoy and celebrate in Saltire style!