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 Post subject: Re: Visitors for the Chalet School "Spoiler Alert"
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cestina wrote:
Yes I had a kilt too and it was normal winter skirt weight. I loved it.... Most of my friends had one.


Me too - think mine was Royal Stuart. Lots of them around then, though I think they were more for younger girls, maybe up to about 12/13, rather than older girls.


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ivohenry wrote:
Yes I had a kilt too and it was normal winter skirt weight. I loved it.... Most of my friends had one.


Thanks - that makes more sense. I had visions of her lugging an entire outfit on the trip with her :D

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Joyce wrote:
I had visions of her lugging an entire outfit on the trip with her :D
Typically, even if wholly Scottish, she wouldn't have had all that other stuff (jacket, sporran, glengarry bonnet etc). A girl would normally wear a shirt and/or jumper with it during the day, and possibly wear it in the evening with a blouse. And as ivohenry commented, you wouldn't normally see a kilt on an older teenage girl, or at least not until the mid-1960s when so many of the dress codes were cast aside, by the young at least.


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I think there are pictures of the Queen and Princess Margaret wearing lightweight kilts with a jumper in 1930's.

I certainly wore a kilt with a kind of vest/bodice attached until age 10. Anderson tartan I think!


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NanaG wrote:

I certainly wore a kilt with a kind of vest/bodice attached until age 10. Anderson tartan I think!


My daughters had those in the 70s. They loved them but they were both under 10 at the time.


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I am Scottish and I remember having a tartan pinafore as quite a young child. I am sure I would have had at least one kilt at some time during my childhood.

When I was 26, in 1980, I had a second job one summer working three nights a week in a kilt/gift shop. Everyone working in the shop had to wear kilts and we had to buy them ourselves, with discount.

The infuriating thing was that the kilts were all made on the small side with the result that if you were usually a 10 you had to buy a size 12 and so on.

Quite a lot of boys in Scotland get full Highland dress for their 21st birthdays and that does cost hundreds of pounds. These kilts are the very heavy kind. My nephew ( and his dad) have kilts, tweed jackets etc but I cannot remember whether or not this was nephew's 21st birthday present.


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Audrey25 wrote:
The infuriating thing was that the kilts were all made on the small side with the result that if you were usually a 10 you had to buy a size 12 and so on.


I'll admit that I have a kilt at the back of my wardrobe which I bought in a gift shop many years ago. I thought I'd put on weight and that was why I couldn't wear it any longer. Now I know that my size 12 really is only a size 10! :lol: :lol:

We've sidetracked away from the original topic, haven't we? I reall must find my copy of Visitors and re-read it.


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