Will I be assaulted if I wear a tartan kilt in America? To put this in to perspective, I am a disabled veteran suffering from severe PTSD and I am getting into sowing. As such I am looking to start making a few kilts (as I have forsworn pants more then 2 years ago now). I am not good at fighting alas, and am worried that I will be assaulted by a man taking offence to the material I might use in my tailoring.
There is a rather large Scottish community in Atlanta. I took dance lessons there. Nobody is going to object to any colors. People claim all sorts of made-up clans for their kilts, such as Clan Sears, McWoolworth, Skein of Target (pronounced "Tar-zhay"), Stuart of Penneys (pronounced "Puh-nays") and so on. One of the dancers was named Betsy and she liked to wear Ross tartan.
Definitely not. I wear kilts, both tartan and plain and have never had a problem. I’ve been asked a few questions by some curious people in restaurants and other places, but never a cross word. I’ve actually been complimented by a number of people. We have a large number of Scottish-Americans here in North Carolina, so there are a lot that wear their tartan kilts to Highland Games. I find the kilt to be extremely comfortable and love to wear it whenever I have the opportunity. Take the chance and have fun! Remember, you only live once.
First, thank you for your service.
Now to answer your question. By all means, PLEASE wear a tartan kilt in America. I am the co-founder of the Twisted Kilt Society and I invite you to join the TKS and our brother organization the Brotherhood of the Kilt.
The TKS (www.TwistedKiltSociety.org) is based in Alabama, but we have members all over the US and world. The BoTK (www.kiltsrock.com) is based in Massachusetts and has members all over as well. You can also find these groups on Facebook.
The TKS has its own registered tartan in the Scottish Registry. So, if you choose to get one, you can wear it proudly, and not have any worries about wearing a tartan. If someone makes a comment, you have all the right to wear it as a member of the TKS.
I can speak about my area (Lower Alabama), and we have no objection to anyone wearing any tartan. Now you may get the occasional "What is that" look about the kilt in general, but feel free to choose your tartan and wear the kilt with pride! I can also speak concerning my area, any member of the TKS witnesses a fellow kiltie being assaulted, ESPECIALLY for just wearing a tartan, they will step in and help!
First, thank you for your service. Sadly there are some people that will start sh*t over almost anything, so regardless of what you wear, jerks are always around. Although kilts are not the norm, you see them more and more and their acceptance is growing. I used to see a burly guy at the local pub, he wore one every day. When I wear mine, I get a few looks and a smile or two from the ladies. The check out clerk asked if I was Scottish. Wear with pride. Head up, shoulders back. No one will bother you. Good luck.
First off ,I want you to know I was just looking at Tartans . The fact you're making it yourself makes you a very special person . In the "good" world you should have no worries . No problems . In today's world you could run into trouble if there were extenuating circumstances eg. an exacerbation of your PTSD . I'm sorry . That is just my opinion . However , you should be proud and allowed to wear it without worry of being assaulted . I'd be down to defending you .