08/28/2005: Since my husband is of Scottish heritage…
…I’m “allowed” to post on this one by Leslie Goldman from the Chicago Tribune (and poke a little FUN at it Too. LOL):Nice Legs There, Fella:
”…Calvin Brown, 38, has been rockin' the kilt since 2002 for various reasons, mainly for comfort.
"As soon I started wearing them, I truly didn't understand why women fought to wear pants," Brown said. (He buys his at sportkilt.com, where they start at about $60.)
Plus, they have gotten him more female attention than a golden retriever puppy. Not only have "numerous, very attractive women come up to me and started talking, just because of the kilt," but he met his ex-fiance while wearing a red and blue crosshatch number.
Steven Villegas, co-founder of Seattle-based utilikilts.com, was in town touting his wares at North Halsted Market Days in early August. Since starting his company in 2000, he has sold 40,000 kilts, a number he believes represents a nationwide hunger for sartorial change.
"Instead of being bossed around by fashion, we're addressing comfort," Villegas said. "It's like wearing a towel but with pockets, and it's legal."
Kilt customers tend to be middle-age men, who are "ready to declare the cojones," Villegas said. "They don't need to follow anybody." (Of course, we're talking about kilts worn for fashion, not cultural heritage.)
In terms of accessorizing a kilt, Brown said, it all depends on what one dons on top and on the bottom. As with jeans, motorcycle boots and a leather jacket make an entirely different statement than a sport coat and lace-ups.
And as for the question everyone wants to know, I didn't even have to say the words. Brown and I locked eyes for a few seconds, and he soon cut to the chase: "There's nothing but air under there."
Now, Leslie, since you're writing for the Tribune, I *assume* you live in or near Chicago. Need I even mention it's nick-name??? The WINDY City??
And sans-undies, any men brave enough to choose this for a sartorial statement will soon find out WHY women fought to be allowed to wear pants. (When you've been standing for 30 minutes on an open EL platform in the dead'o'winter with a -20 degree windchill whipping the skin off your face; then will you see just how much FUN skirts can be while you - FREEZE - pondering WHERE that damn EL Train is down the line.)
Karen on 08.28.05 @ 09:38 AM CST