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    Formal kilt hose -- opinions sought

    Gents (and ladies):

    I'm pondering what sort of formal kilt hose I might purchase and seek your advice/experience. The main point of my asking is that I plan to have (at least) two eight-yard kilts in family tartans (I own one now), and I wonder if there's a good option that would serve with both.

    The tartans are Mackenzie Ancient and MacColl Ancient.

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    I've looked at diced, argyle, and tartan hose, and I wonder if using the soft green and blue that is in both tartans might work.

    I also wonder if simply wearing black and red diced hose is a good, traditional option.

    Since I have several black tie or white tie events to attend each year, I will invest in good quality hose, but I'd appreciate some insights from the Great Rabble that might suggest a direction (and perhaps a source for custom hose).

    Many thanks!
    Descended from Patiences of Avoch | McColls of Glasgow
    Member, Clan Mackenzie Society of the Americas | Clan Donald USA

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    House of Cheviot ancient blue/ancient green diced hose would suit both tartans handsomely, in my opinion.
    Steve.

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    With several black tie and white tie events to attend each year, it certainly warrants owning more than one pair. That way they don't always see you in the same hose at every event.

    I don't think you could go wrong with any dicing option here. Green/blue, green/red, blue/red would all match your two tartans. But even a dicing option with black or white would be fine too.

    If it were me, I'd invest in a standard pair of red/white diced hose, which goes with everything and is the most traditional of all dicing options. I'd maybe spring for a red/black pair too. Since those are standard colour combinations, they may be cheaper for both pair than a single pair of custom ones (I could be wrong, as I haven't bought custom hose in many years).

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    I have both custom made diced and Argyll hose that I had made through John at Keltoi when I ordered my kilt from him. I really prefer the Argyll hose because they have a longer turnover. I prefer to show very little of the garter ties when I turn over, the diced have a very short turn over so a lot more of the garter ties or flashes show.
    I also have house of Cheviot chessboard tops that I really like and wear quite a bit, but I really donít have much reason to go to black tie events.
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    There you go, feeding my KHAD!

    Thatís Kilt (Hose) Acquisition Disorder ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tobus View Post
    With several black tie and white tie events to attend each year, it certainly warrants owning more than one pair. That way they don't always see you in the same hose at every event.
    Descended from Patiences of Avoch | McColls of Glasgow
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    You may want to check https://www.jhiggins.net/. I got my red/green diced hose from them.
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    My first pair of diced hose were white and red, while these are traditional I prefer my second pair which are black and red. Since then I've got some Argyll hose to match my Scottish Wildcat Tartan kilt. The companies I used are no longer in business.

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    Allen:

    I have had good service from J. Higgins ó my Black Argyll jacket and waistcoat, as well as my hunting sporran, come from them.

    How long are the diced hose you purchased? I am 6í6Ē tall, so Iím afraid some hose Iíve tried have simply been too short. Did you get their standard or their custom diced hose?

    Rodger

    Quote Originally Posted by ASinclair View Post
    You may want to check https://www.jhiggins.net/. I got my red/green diced hose from them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by revdpatience View Post
    I have had good service from J. Higgins ó my Black Argyll jacket and waistcoat, as well as my hunting sporran, come from them.
    I'll second J. Higgins. Their customer service is great, the products are very good, and the prices are very reasonable.
    Clans: Armstrong and Guthrie on Father's side.
    Other heritage: Mostly German and some Polish on Mother's side.
    Kilts: One badly-sewn Armstrong modern budget kilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by revdpatience View Post
    Allen:

    I have had good service from J. Higgins ó my Black Argyll jacket and waistcoat, as well as my hunting sporran, come from them.

    How long are the diced hose you purchased? I am 6í6Ē tall, so Iím afraid some hose Iíve tried have simply been too short. Did you get their standard or their custom diced hose?

    Rodger
    Mine are machine knit, size L. My shoe size is near the lower end of the size L range, so with my heel in the heel of the hose, there's about an inch of hose in front of my toes. I have large calves, so the hose are stretched tight around and this keeps them from coming up as high as I would like. You are 8" taller than me, so caveat emptor.
    Allen Sinclair
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