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    I often wear claret hose with my MacKenzie and Scottish National kilts, but I avoid bright red hose. The problem for me with any kind of very bright or garish hose is that it immediately attracts the eye and thus becomes the focal point of the outfit, leaving the kilt itself on the periphery. I know others will disagree, but for me the kilt should remain the focal point of the highland outfit.

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    Thanks for all the responses

    Thanks for all of the responses. They gave me a lot to think about.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Ashton View Post
    So my advice is to put the outfit on and look in a mirror.
    Well, I don't own the red hose, which makes it hard to check in that way. I was asking before buying them.

    It's not entirely clear (from the photo) how bright red the socks are. The brighter they are, the less likely I am to ever own a shirt in that color. Bright reds aren't the best with my complexion. I'm not so worried about having them next to my knees, rather than next to my face, though.

    Regarding shirts:
    That's a good idea about matching the hose to the shirt. I saw some kilt hose in other colors that might match one or more of my shirts.

    Bringing out the red stripe in the kilt:
    I hadn't thought of that, but I can see how that would happen.

    Regarding dark burgundy, claret or maroon hose:
    I'd love to find cotton kilt hose in that color. Does anyone know where to find them online?

    I'm picky about cotton, because I expect to be overheating most of the time (between the local weather and my tendency to spend all of my time on the dance floor).

    Thanks again.

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    It depends on the look you are wanting to portray. Red doesn’t always say “subdued and casual” depending on what else you have it paired up with but it isnt necessarily formal either. Supposing you don’t have a shop nearby to bring the kilt to and figure out hose colour(s), one option might be to find something red that you figure approximates the colour of hose you’re looking at purchasing and put it against the kilt.

    When purchasing online, it is always good to confirm the returns policy since we sometimes end up with unexpected results.

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    Cotton hose

    Geoff Withnell

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    Thanks

    Thanks, Geoff. Those look great.

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    For cotton kilt hose, I have often ordered the cable-knit knee socks from sockdreams.com. They are lightweight, comfortable and have the right sort of texture for kilt socks. They are not as thick as traditional kilt socks, though, and don't really have much of a "turn-down" at the top. They are usually available in bright red and a few other colors (I have dark green and "oatmeal" versions as well). I haven't seen them in maroon, but you might check the website.

    I have not had the Townsends hose myself, but have always heard good things about them.

    Andrew

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