Real Women Wear Kilts

UPDATE: The Cargo Kilts shop in Melville closed in 2013. Sniff.

You might remember my post from a couple of weeks ago about the the Fête de la Musique. It featured Cargo Kilts, the new Scottish kilt shop in Melville. In that post I wrote:

I know these kilts are made for men but I kind of want one for myself.

A few days later I received a message from Sean, the manager of Cargo Kilts:

Very kind comments made by you about our new store, but I need to correct you. Kilts are Unisex, AND, we have been known to make mini-kilts for ladies. Come in for a measurement sometime…

It just so happens that my birthday was approaching. What better gift for myself than a mini-kilt?

Mini-kilt.

I should mention that I am part Scottish. My grandmother’s name was Frances Colquhoun Wellford, Colquhoun being a Scottish clan name. My father’s first sister was also named Frances Colquhoun, but her nickname was Heather. (Confusing, I know. This is how our family works.)

Heather died tragically in her early 20s, not long before I was born. I was named for her. Heather is also a flowering plant that grows on the Scottish moors.

Clearly, I was destined to be kilted.

A couple of Saturdays ago, my friend Ruth and I rocked up to the shop to order mini-kilts. First we had to choose our tartans.

Sean, all kilted out, explains the different tartans. I’m sure you won’t be surprised that Sean, a South African of Scottish descent, plays the bagpipes.

Each clan has its own tartan. Technically I should have ordered the Colquhoun tartan, or Macdonald of Sleat, which I’m also related to. But Cargo Kilts didn’t have those tartans in stock and I’m more concerned with looks than family trees, anyway. I chose Buchanan, the loudest tartan of the bunch. Might as well go all-out, right?

Hehehe. That’s Buchanan on the far right.

Ruth ponders her tartan choice. Despite her red hair, Ruth is not Scottish.

Next, it was time for measurements.

Me first. (Photo: Ruth)

Ruth’s turn.

Then, we waited. It took a while for the fabric to be cut, sewn, pleated, etc. Cargo Kilts actually didn’t have any mini-kilts in stock to show us when we ordered, so we weren’t sure what to expect. The suspense was unbearable.

This morning I got the call, and walked right over to the shop. I wanted to wait for Ruth before trying on my kilt, but couldn’t resist a few photos.

Egbert, owner of Cargo Kilts, demonstrates the flowing movement of my mini-kilt.

Sean, me, and Egbert. (Photo: random guy named Chris)

I returned later with Ruth and Anita, our photographer for the evening.

Waiting for my partner in crime to kilt up.  (Photo: Anita)

Ruth emerged from the dressing room looking as if she were born wearing a mini-kilt. She has the South African tartan, which incorporates the colors of the South African flag.

Sean brought out matching hats for each of us. And the real modeling began.

We decided to assault the mannequin. Why not? (Photo: Anita)

Two happy mini-kilt owners. ‘Nuff said. (Photo: Anita)

My mini-kilt is the most spectacular article of clothing I’ve ever owned. I am wearing it now and may never take it off.

Note: CargoKilts has closed since I published this post.

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51 Comments

  • Reply buckwheatsrisk July 20, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    i have a kilt and i love it! i love your pics too!

  • Reply jackie hulme July 20, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    such a funky post – when you told you me about your kilt – I didn’t imagine a spunky kilt like this – they are awesome – it is such a great post – I love the pic of the chap demonstrating the movement of the kilt. your friend is very celt looking

    • Reply Janet Hopkins July 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      Ruth does have Scottish blood from her mother’s side.
      From: her mother

      • Reply 2summers July 22, 2012 at 8:05 pm

        Haha. Thank you Janet. I believe it — I’ve seen your family photo!

  • Reply thirdeyemom July 20, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    I love this post Heather! How fun to combine your Scottish heritage and get a
    Mini kilt! I want one too! 🙂

  • Reply turnertj July 20, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I walk past Kargo Kilts every day and absolutely love the store. In fact that little block has some really interesting stores – Nice Find, Foss Furniture (which I intend visiting in a month or so, after we’ve moved), My Sister’s Closet. Exactly the type of shops Melville needs.

    • Reply 2summers July 21, 2012 at 5:15 am

      Yep, Melville is on the up and up, I think. Glad you’re enjoying the neighborhood!

  • Reply Kathryn McCullough July 20, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    How fun! You look great in your kilt. I had one, of sorts, years ago–but nothing officially Sottish like yours.
    Hugs,
    Kathy

    • Reply 2summers July 21, 2012 at 5:14 am

      Thanks Kathy. I love it!

  • Reply Nina Neubauer July 20, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    did you get to keep the hat too? like 🙂

    • Reply 2summers July 21, 2012 at 5:14 am

      The hats are sold separately. Ruth bought hers but I didn’t.

  • Reply amelie88 July 21, 2012 at 12:59 am

    You guys look cute! And indeed girls can wear kilts. I went to a Catholic all girls’ school for two years and they were a part of the uniform. Light blue, light pink, or light yellow kilts for the fall/spring and then these plaid green/white wool kilts for the winter. I have to say I was happy when I left for public school and was allowed to wear whatever I wanted–I was a bit “kilted out!”

    • Reply 2summers July 21, 2012 at 5:13 am

      Thanks! Yes, I also had to wear a kilt on dress-up days at the country day school I went to as a kid. Mine was green and white. I had forgotten all about it until this experience.

  • Reply chuckv88 July 21, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Never take the kilt off!!!? I suppose it depends on what you’re wearing underneath! Egbert and Sean should give you a complimentary hat for the free publicity.

  • Reply Slowvelder July 21, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    I had a mini kilt once…..long ago…when I had the legs 🙂

    • Reply 2summers July 22, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      Come Jackie, you’ve got the legs now. Dig it out 🙂

      • Reply Slowvelder July 23, 2012 at 9:21 pm

        haha thanks Heather – I think I would need a khaki kilt for the bush 🙂

  • Reply Eugenia A Parrish July 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I remember they were the rage when I was in the eighth grade. I fell in love with plaid!

  • Reply Eugenia A Parrish July 21, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Whoops, meant to add that when I was in Scotland, I bought a few yards of the Wilson plaid and it sits in a closet. You’ve inspired me to get it out!

  • Reply Howlin' Mad Heather July 23, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    As one of my favorite bloggers, you are cordially invited to take part in my new contest: http://prawnandquartered.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/let-the-games-begin-our-best-contest-yet/
    May the odds be ever in your favor!

  • Reply Howlin' Mad Heather July 23, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    As one of my favorite bloggers, you are cordially invited to take part in my new contest: http://prawnandquartered.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/let-the-games-begin-our-best-contest-yet/
    May the odds be ever in your favor!

  • Reply mzansigirl July 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Love the colours on the kilt! May have to pay a visit to the kilt shop soon 🙂

    • Reply 2summers July 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks. You should definitely check it out.

  • Reply mzansigirl July 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Love the colours on the kilt! May have to pay a visit to the kilt shop soon 🙂

    • Reply 2summers July 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks. You should definitely check it out.

  • Reply At Home With God July 25, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I’m glad you’re enjoying your kilt and how fun that you have Scottish ancestry to go along with it!

    • Reply 2summers July 26, 2012 at 8:03 am

      Thanks. I still love it and wish I could wear it every day. But that would be a little weird.

      • Reply At Home With God July 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm

        Maybe if you moved to Scotland and became a actress in a “living history” museum… 🙂

  • Reply At Home With God July 25, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I’m glad you’re enjoying your kilt and how fun that you have Scottish ancestry to go along with it!

    • Reply 2summers July 26, 2012 at 8:03 am

      Thanks. I still love it and wish I could wear it every day. But that would be a little weird.

      • Reply At Home With God July 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm

        Maybe if you moved to Scotland and became a actress in a “living history” museum… 🙂

  • Reply Coach Sue August 11, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Awfully cool.

  • Reply Coach Sue August 11, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Awfully cool.

  • Reply Sbusiso Zulu August 12, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Want a klit for my matric dance

    • Reply 2summers August 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      Haha. A kilt would be perfect for that.

  • Reply Sbusiso Zulu August 12, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Want a klit for my matric dance

    • Reply 2summers August 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      Haha. A kilt would be perfect for that.

  • Reply Steve May 21, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    i want that scottish kit for both men and women
    colour:green+ navy blue+ meroon

    • Reply 2summers May 21, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      I don’t sell kilts — I just wrote about them on my blog.

  • Reply Steve May 21, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    i want that scottish kit for both men and women
    colour:green+ navy blue+ meroon

    • Reply 2summers May 21, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      I don’t sell kilts — I just wrote about them on my blog.

  • Reply ianbryson September 7, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Hi 2summers love the pictures of you wearing the kilt ,looks good

  • Reply ianbryson September 7, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Hi 2summers love the pictures of you wearing the kilt ,looks good

  • Reply Patrick Mpya December 1, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    hi guys can you please give me the address where can i get kilt in south africa

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