19th July 09, 09:48 PM
Jacket to wear with Navy tartan
I had been looking for a jacket to wear with my Navy kilt for more formal occasions and my wife suggested 2 reproduction civil war uniform jackets.
The first is a US Navy monkey jacket
This is a reproduction cavalry officers jacket
I was just wonder how well these praticular jackets would look in place of a Prince Charlie or short sport coat with this kilt
20th July 09, 12:33 AM
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20th July 09, 03:35 AM
My opinion is that it would lead to confusion. Prince Charlies are typically worn to events where men's attire would call for a tuxedo. So, using that as the go-by, I always picture the suggested jacket worn at a regular tuxedo event, with a pair of tuxedo pants. My opinion is that it would look odd to wear one of the jackets you have mentioned with a pair of tuxedo pants. I think it best to keep separate modern kilts and reenactor gear. I believe it tends to make the kilt look "costumey" rather than distinguished.
Why not wear a Prince Charlie? As far as I know, the Navy, like the Marine Corps, has not adopted an official kilt uniform. Thus, the Navy Edzell tartan should be worn with civilian highland attire. If you want to make a military connection more obvious wear your miniature medals with the Prince Charlie. These are able to be had now with less cost, although if you are looking to cut a more dashing figure I suggest one of the other highland doublets (Kenmore, Sherrifmuir, etc.)
If you're bound and determined to wear something other than normal highland dress with this kilt, I'd suggest the Navy's mess dress jacket. It is cut with a high waist and looks a bit like a Prince Charlie from the front. I don't think that wear with civilian clothes is authorized under the uniform regs, but that doesn't seem to phase most people.
Best of luck!
20th July 09, 08:22 AM
Originally Posted by davidlpope
I have been out of the military for 15 years, but my understanding is the jacket is no longer a uniform item if you change the buttons and remove all insignia.
Originally Posted by davidlpope
20th July 09, 10:48 AM
The second jacket is not an officers jacket, it is an "other ranks" (enlisted) pattern shell-jacket with US Cavalry piping from the Civil War period.
As a former reenactor, I agree with David. It's best not mix reproduction kit with a kilt for a "modern" civilian formal function.
20th July 09, 11:00 PM
I think a dress mess style jacket would look nice for your formal occasions.. but mind you.. this is my opinion only..
22nd July 09, 03:51 AM
I rather like this one, but you would have to be a slim build - Men of Substance would not be able to pull it off. If the collar could be modified to accommodate a jabot, so much the better.
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