These are the reasons why I haven’t yet bought a woollen kilt, they:
- are rather itchy (but I could wear thick tights or an underskirt to deal with this)
- smell of damp wool when it’s raining (don’t wear it outside in the rain)
- need to be dry-cleaned occasionally (that’s not too expensive and inconvenient)
The main kilt use challenge that I hadn’t anticipated is based on using the kilt with modern sanitary technology – the toilet.
Stop reading now if you have an aversion to toilet talk.
With a normal skirt a girl can simply lift the rear of the skirt and hold it up while taking a seat on the toilet – so the skirt never touches the toilet. Clean and neat. Not so with a kilt. There is so much material in the pleats that no matter where you grab it, the sides fall right back down gain. Cool! But not cool when you want to sit on the loo without dangling it down the pan.
A kilt works for a squatting position above the pan, or squatting when there is no pan – in the wild where it was originally used. I’ve adjusted my posture when wearing the kilt in the washrooms over the pan so that I stay standing and flick the kilt op over my back while leaning forward – this lets the wealth of material lie across my back. This position requires more directional skill during the process than sitting down, but works to keep the kilt clean and out of the way.
you have been warned