Who wears the pants in your Highland hoose?

Published: October 31, 2012
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Too long on the road, The Style Guy returns from his exile of sipping mai-tais in Phuket to bring you, the Highland fashion-freaked reader, his answers to your queries. The Style Guy corrects your information gaps like he would tuck in that horrific shirt peeking out from between ill-fitting kilt and ruinous waist-coat.

Dear Mr. Style Guy Sir:

I notice a few recent competitions where pipers wore tartan pants – or trews, as they’re called. Thing is, one of the people wearing them was a woman, which seemed very strange.

What do you think?

Signed,

Pants-in-a-Twist in Tallahassee

Interesting observation, PIATIT. I, too, noticed this at the recent “The Livingstone” and the Nicol-Brown Amateur thingmee. To answer your question in a very few words: I liked it. Glenn Brown put on the plaid pants / tartan trews that he’s sported before, and he cut a nice profile against the usual troop of kilted peacocks. He donned his trademark Balmoral, and seemed to have a bit of the fop in him, as do several solo pipers these days. But the far more ironic style maven was Nancy Tunnicliffe, a judge at the Nicol-Brown, who also pulled on the trews. Think about this: a female wearing pants while all of the men strapped on a skirt. What with the red tunic and jabot, she was still very feminine.

But, as for the young Mr. Gandy’s Mr. Rogers cardigan at this more formal affair . . . I will for once hold my keystrokes on that Highland fashion fiasco.

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  1. AlexGandy

    I wish I could take full credit for the cardigan. There’s a video on YouTube of Donald MacPherson performing at the Piping Centre in 1999 wearing a sweater. If you can’t imitate the King, who can you imitate?

  2. AlexGandy

    I wish I could take full credit for the cardigan. There’s a video on YouTube of Donald MacPherson performing at the Piping Centre in 1999 wearing a sweater. If you can’t imitate the King, who can you imitate?

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