Kilts and Kilt Suits
Mothers of the era loved to
dress their sons
in kilts and fancy
Younger boys were dressed in bodice kilts rather than
proper kilts, usually without sporrans. Kilt suits for little boys were
quite popular in America. Some mothers even selected sailor kilts,
sailor suits with middy
blouses, but a kilt instead of short trousers. (As the kilt was of the
same material as the blouse and not plaid it was more of a skirt than a
kilt.) Older boys wore proper kilts, but with a
variety of shirts varying from lace trimed blouses to shirts with stiff
Eton collars and bow ties.
Boys kept dressed in kilt suits after graduating from their baby dresses and smocks
would usually not have their hair cut and often wore
bangs. While in kilt suits, it was not unusual for boys to wear hanging
curls and perhaps bangs but the curls were cut when the boy was
finally breeched (allowed to wear pants), an occasion which would brought tears to the eyes of many a
Accounts vary as to the
of boys to kilts as oposed to other styles
prevalent at the time. Some clearly disliked the kilt as girlish.
thought Fautleroy suits with lace collars and Russian tunics to be worst.
Probably the favorite of most boys before they graduated to more
styles was the sailor suit.
Kilt suits became increasingly rare after the turn of the century, but
kilts have continued into modern days. Some schools in Scotland and
Ireland adopted them as a
school uniform. This is no longer the case, but they are still
commonly worn for dress occasions
at many Scotish schools. Some of the boys don't much like the idea,
the English and occasional
American boys at the schools. Kilts are also worn
by Scottish boy scouts. They are also seen at
highland gatherings around the world and at formal occasions. Irish boys
around the world wear them at step dancing competitions called feises.
Ring bearers in Scotland and England
also sometimes wear kilts.
1920s Fashion article