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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobus View Post
    *snip* In other words, we should never put too much stock into one person's declaration of what's "correct".
    A supremely important statement. Even in this forum, we tend to lean on the opinions of a core of perhaps at most, a dozen individuals who perhaps have a disproportionate influence on the forum itself.
    Rev'd Father Bill White: Retired Parish Priest & Elementary Headmaster, lover of God, people (most of them!) dogs, joy, humour & clarity. Theologian, teacher, philosopher, linguist, dreamer, traditionalist, bon-vivant, encourager of hearts & souls & a firm believer in dignity, decency, & duty. A proud Sinclair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Ashton View Post
    Perhaps he is talking about this look. This is a Scottish wedding, in Scotland, attended by Scots.

    Yes but I wonder when that photo was taken.

    Because being in the Pipe Band world I was acutely aware of when offwhite/cream hose were all the rage in Scotland, for Day Dress, Evening Dress, and Pipe Band dress.

    Then the pure white hose became the rage and suddenly if you wore cream hose you looked hopelessly outdated.

    I would think that most kiltwearing Scots asked about white hose during that period could honestly say "white hose is what we wear". Only a tiny minority would go to the expense of getting tartan hose.

    Then just in the last few years white hose have been going out and black, navy blue, and charcoal grey hose have come in. Rare is the successful competition pipe band who still wears white, and I see that Kilt Hire firms are going to black in droves. (They stay cleaner-looking for one thing!)

    That makes me suspect that the photo above isn't brand-new. (I note the piper is wearing pure-white hose, while some of the other are wearing cream, which suggests a possible date.)

    BTW these trends start in Scotland, and the Scots are the first to make the switch. The last people to get the memo are the people out in the diaspora. There are pipe bands in the USA wearing outfits that are 30 years out of date, that no band in the UK or NI or Canada would wear.

    And of course this stuff is mere fashion, what makes you look fashionable to the community or not. Fashions are never "correct" or "incorrect" but they are "in" or "out".

    Scottish weddings back in the day.





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    Quote Originally Posted by kingandrew View Post
    I do wonder why I don't see any daywear jackets in this photo, since it seems to have been taken during the day.
    As I've mentioned before, I pipe at many weddings here in California and fairly often one side of the family flies over from Scotland.

    These Scots have nearly always been dressed in standard Hire dress, with the ubiquitous black Prince Charlies, white hose, and ghillies laced high.

    About the white hose aspect of it I will say that I've not piped at one of these weddings recently, not since dark hose began supplanting white hose in Scotland. These weddings were all during the white hose hegemony.

    When I show up in a charcoal grey Argyll I'll be the only gent not in black.
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