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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobus View Post
    When a kilt is worn properly at the natural waist, it should not slip down. The third buckle shouldn't have anything to do with that.

    Matt Newsome has an article that briefly talks about this third buckle and its history: http://kiltmaker.blogspot.com/2005/0...lt-straps.html
    Tobus, that is what they say. Alas, some of us are outties and not innies when it comes to our waists. I'm afraid my waist is my thickest part of me. that being said, it wouldn't matter how tight I pulled a third strap, it would never be able to keep my kilt up. Even for those of us with a bulging physique, it's the waist strap that is important.

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    The other side of the coin, my military MacKenzie Seaforth kilt (older than me and I've had my three score and ten) has two buckles, both on the right side. The inner apron doesn't have one, friction holds it up. It's 22 ounce wool, sometimes referred to as blanketweave and needless to say, heavy!
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    Except on a dancer's kilt, the hip buckle is really only decorative. As Plaid Preacher has said, the hip buckle does not help keep your kilt up. And, if a "gentleman of substance" buckles the hip strap tight, it pulls the kilt in under the belly, which accentuates his paunch. The apron would hang better if it just had two buckles at the waist, and the gentleman would look slimmer. I do put the hip buckle on if someone really wants it, but I try to put it on so that, even when buckled tightly, it won't pull the apron in under the belly.

    The second buckle on a Highland dancer's kilt does serve a purpose, though, and that is to control the apron a bit when a dancer is leaping around and turning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb T View Post
    Except on a dancer's kilt, the hip buckle is really only decorative. As Plaid Preacher has said, the hip buckle does not help keep your kilt up. And, if a "gentleman of substance" buckles the hip strap tight, it pulls the kilt in under the belly, which accentuates his paunch. The apron would hang better if it just had two buckles at the waist, and the gentleman would look slimmer. I do put the hip buckle on if someone really wants it, but I try to put it on so that, even when buckled tightly, it won't pull the apron in under the belly.

    The second buckle on a Highland dancer's kilt does serve a purpose, though, and that is to control the apron a bit when a dancer is leaping around and turning.

    I'm one of those who requested the hip buckle when ordering a kilt from Barb. I'm a "gentleman of little substance" and I find the hip buckle helps the kilt fit neatly across my stomach. I also like the look of it, as the two buckles doing the actual work are usually hidden under a belt, waistcoat, or sweater.
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    All of the kilts that I have had made for me are two buckle. I prefer that to having to keep a third loose.

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