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Leather kilt

Postby mugman » Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:10 am

About this time last year I invested in a black leather kilt which was being sold as a new design on eBay. I wasn't sure how positive I would be about wearing it as leather kilts are perhaps a bit odd for a 69/70 year old. I wore it when visiting some friends in Wales and the consensus of opinion was that it looked a bit kinky. I took that comment at face value. The kilt felt quite luxurious to me - it certainly cost enough to buy, and was well out of my usual budget.
Anyway, my enthusiasm had taken a bit of a knock from their views and I stopped wearing it, going back to the usual textile ones I have.
However, now that I have a lot more confidence through being officially partnered as accompanist to a brilliant Latin American blues singer - she adores my kilts! - I feel I can be a lot more adventurous with my dress code, and have started wearing the kilt more. Does it look ridiculous on an oldish guy. I'd appreciate opinions.

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Re: Leather kilt

Postby crfriend » Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:46 am

Congratulations on the new gig, Pete! That's got to be a fun ride.

The kilt looks fine, and I'm sure that for on-stage it's perfect.
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Re: Leather kilt

Postby Disaffected.citizen » Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:15 am

I don't think the photograph does any justice to you or said kilt!

Nonetheless, there's nothing there that seems outrageous or outlandish; it looks good.
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Re: Leather kilt

Postby trainspotter48 » Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:57 am

I'm in agreement with Carl. I don't think there's anything particularly wrong with the idea of wearing a leather kilt (after all, it's probably how our ancient ancestors first started covering themselves), but these days it will probably go down better as a stage outfit than a street outfit.
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Re: Leather kilt

Postby Milfmog » Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:52 pm

Hey Pete,

Good to read you again.

I know how you feel with the leather kilt; I bought a leather skirt a while back and loved the feel of it but somehow could not feel comfortable in it in public, no matter what I teamed it with. Eventually, it went to a charity shop. However, I reckon a leather kilt on stage will be an impressive statement and should not provoke any "thoughts" in the minds of the audience. From what I can see in the picture it looks pretty good, I'd be tempted myself, but the skirt experience has put me off leather for the time being.

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Re: Leather kilt

Postby Gordon » Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:52 pm

I own a leather skirt and love wearing it. Your kilt looks good to me.
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Re: Leather kilt

Postby mugman » Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:08 pm

Thanks for your feedback. It's given me more confidence to just go for it. The six bookings so far are at the same venue as a 40 minute cabaret in the middle of the evening, but it does mean I/we have to mingle before and after our spot for an hour or so at each end. I won't be changing into or out of whatever I'm wearing for the act...so it has to sit comfortably at the bar, etc.
I have another outfit - again I'm not sure of it. It's supposed to be formal in a sort of black, red and white way. The sporran is perhaps not particularly appropriate as I'm not a Scot. Normally I use a less Scottish bumbag in the same way, but obviously not for a gig. Maybe I'll save that look for groovy funerals, and just stick with the leather kilt and a jazzy black and white short sleeve shirt I have.
I'm sure Elton doesn't have this problem!
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Re: Leather kilt

Postby Kirbstone » Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:19 pm

Pete,

Both nice photos. You look great. The second outfit is really showy and would go down well as an outfit for a gig. If you like leather, OK, but funerial black is a bit on the dull side for a gig, in my opinion.
In a previous incarnation I gig'd with a trad. Irish/Scottish/German outfit in Germany. Two of us wore kilts, mine in green with a white blouse-like shirt and a moss green waistcoat. I'll admit we did some gigs in black trews also.

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Re: Leather kilt

Postby partlyscot » Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:22 pm

It's hard to say from the pictures, but I don't see anything wrong as such. Would appreciate more pictures, also from any others who have leather kilt/skirts. To me, leather or suede is a good material for a guy. Certainly could be leaning towards club wear if worn with unsuitable other stuff.
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Re: Leather kilt

Postby mugman » Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:41 pm

I tend to agree Tom about black. I can't change the kilt, but I might look for a different jacket, maybe white. It's supposed to be a sophisticated look rather than jazz dive, and I think it does that. The thing about jackets with kilts is of course that they really need abbreviating in length, otherwise they look like a mismatch. Getting a jacket shortened isn't cheap as the lining has to be untacked and re-hemmed. I forget how much the one in the photo cost me to have altered - that was about three years ago. Easier not to bother with a jacket.
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Re: Leather kilt

Postby Happy-N-Skirts » Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:26 am

It looks great and you look dignified. Keep on wearing it.

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Re: Leather kilt

Postby Disaffected.citizen » Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:19 am

I recall a picture of Brian Molko of Placebo wearing a skirt on stage. There was a short thread here about him.

Obviously his style may not be yours, but if you Google for the pictures they might give some further ideas.
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Re: Leather kilt

Postby Uncle Al » Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:07 am

BRAVO PETE :!:
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For both the Gig :D and the Kilt :kiltdance:


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Re: Leather kilt

Postby mugman » Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:43 am

Thanks Uncle Al. As you can see, it's a Yamaha CP40 stage piano and Tyros 2 now. I've settled for them as being the most compatible for my sort of stuff. No more new keyboards! Well, not for the moment. Sorry, going off topic here.
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Re: Leather kilt

Postby skirtedbrit » Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:21 am

Ignore criticism, the whole look is good and I would not feel awkward anywhere. You look distinctive and smart wether on stage, a formal occasion or daily routine.
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