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    Double-breasted jackets?

    I had an odd thought while perusing a historical reenactor's website the other day. It was this: I don't recall ever seeing a photo of a double-breasted jacket worn with a kilt. This seems surprising to me given the historical popularity of double-breasted suits. I'm not referring to military uniforms, but to civilian attire.

    So...a challenge to the cognoscenti! If you have a photo of a double-breated kilt jacket, let's see it!
    Last edited by KD Burke; 4th February 10 at 04:45 AM.
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    The Montrose is double breasted: http://www.scottishclansman.com/Montrose.html

    See also various postings on the Traditional forum
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    Civilian History Ends in 1839 and Tradition Begins

    I arbitrarily use the year 1839 as the line between historical and traditional civilian Highland attire. Why 1839? Well, that 's the year that the French perfected the photographic process, and from that time forward we have literal "snapshots" of the way all classes of people, everywhere, dressed. So, from my POV it seems that double breasted jackets have traditionally been an item of evening apparel, but rarely-- if ever-- worn as day wear.

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    The gentleman on the far right is my great grandfather, c. 1915.



    While I doubt that his jacket was cut specifically for wear with a kilt, it is certainly double-breasted and being worn with a kilt.

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    Hi,

    Wow, that's a wonderful photograph. Thank you for posting it.
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    I sense a new trend in double breasted kilt jackets....

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    I have a nice heavy blue wool pea-coat that with very minor alteration I think would make a smashing coat to wear with a kilt.
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    It strikes me that with the usual modifications, this might be an interesting alternative to a Prince Charlie:

    http://www.quartermastershop.com/ima...lct_enlgmt.gif

    Thought, opinions, flames, etc. gladly solicited.
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    I agree, that look would do me quite well, and if your heading in that direction I would love to see the end results. You have a grand idea there.
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    I agree that could look good. I had seen a similar tailcoat in a movie about John Adams and wondered about the same thing. Please do post pictures if you follow up on it.

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