Everything You Need To Know
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Formal Highland Dress

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Highland dress is unlike any other form of formal wear. It brings with it a rich history and a level of artistry in its creation that few other garments can match. It is never bought 'off the shelf' and requires the input of a professional kilt-maker, who'll not only assemble your outfit, but teach you the art of wearing it.

For all these reasons, your Highland dress represents a serious investment. In fact, it's not uncommon for Highland dress to be passed on through several generations of a family. But if you're choosing your Highland dress for the first time, the process can be somewhat overwhelming. What tartan is appropriate? What accessories do you need? What style of jacket should you go for? Is it acceptable to wear normal shoes?

The list goes on. But assembling your Highland wear needn't be a chore. That's why I've written this book. My aim is to not only introduce you to the colourful history of Highland dress, but explain everything you need to know to help your kilt-maker create you an outfit that will last a lifetime.

One important point is that it's not necessary to buy your full Highland dress all at once. Most kilt-makers will have no problem hiring out either individual items, or the full outfit. This can be a great way to try out different tartans and different styles to find out what works best for you. It also means that once you've invested in your kilt, you can start assembling the other pieces over a longer period of time, hiring any missing pieces when appropriate.

Let's dive straight in . . .

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