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  • 27
    January

    Men In Kilts – Wedding Menswear Hire

    Now I’m not going to surprise many people here by joining the legions of woman who like to perv over men in kilts. I can’t really explain why. Is it the sight of a pair of hairy knees? The tantalising glimpse of chunky thigh, accentuated by knee high socks? Well if that’s what floats your boat then why don’t we get all giggly about a man in Bermuda shorts, socks and sandals? Is it the thought of what lies beneath the kilt? Do women really want to see men’s dangly bits that much? I can’t explain it but the good news is Highland wear is bang on trend? In some areas of England, such as Manchester, London, Leicester and Sheffield out-do their Scottish counterparts in the kilt wearing stakes.
    A McAvoy Photography image of wedding groomsmen in kilts for Love Me Love My Wedding

    Image by McAvoy Photography

    So as wedding season official hits the UK high street, with the second week in January confirmed as bringing a 500% increase in groom suit bookings, Young’s Hire, the UK’s largest formal wear company has revealed their stats on men in kilts for us to enjoy. Of course I’ll be throwing in a few images to drool over as we read….. 

     Young’s sales data has revealed that traditional highland wear is set to take centre stage during 2015. Donning a kilt and sporran has always been seen as a statement of true Scottish identity, however new data from Young’s Hire has revealed that, incredibly, there are more proud Scots in England than in Scotland when it comes to selecting traditional Scottish dress.

    Young’s Hire analysed more than 400,000 garment hires during the last 12 months and revealed some fascinating trends when it comes to men and their formal outfits.

    Grey tailcoat wedding menswear for Love me Love My Wedding

    Youngs Hire slate tailcoat

    A whole host of English cities saw more tartan rentals than their Scottish counterparts in 2014, with London (21%), Leicester (12%), Manchester (10%) and Sheffield (10%) all topping Dundee (9%). Surprisingly Aberdeen accounted for just two percent of the UK’s highland wear hires – ranking well below Liverpool (6%), Bristol (6%), Newcastle (4%), and Cardiff (3%).

     When it comes to tartan trends this winter, Grey Granite continues its tradition as a long standing favourite, with the most popular often generating upwards of 30% of total sales. A close second, and a pattern that shows real national pride is the Pride of Scotland check, which racks up 23% of sales at this time of year.

    men in kilts for Love me Love my Wedding

    Youngs grey Granite Highland wear

    Chris Burns, at Young’s Hire, comments: “It’s always fascinating to take a more holistic look at the formalwear trends around the UK, and it’s great to see that although people are really broadening their horizons when it comes to suiting-up for a special occasion, the traditional items like a top hat and tailcoat are still proving very popular. It’s great that traditional Scottish highland wear is still going strong and is growing in popularity across England.”

    When accessorising with highland wear, cravats remain the top neckpiece accessory, and when it comes to trends this winter, Ivory’s 15% leads the way, closely trailed by light pink and silver on 9%.

    Dressing in a kilt for Love Me Love My Wedding

    Image by McAvoy Photography

    When it comes to the traditional ‘top hat and tails’ at weddings, the North/South divide has never been more apparent, with London topping the charts when going all out to impress, accounting for more than 10% of the total top hat rentals. The people of Essex (6%) and Berkshire (5%) also opted for elegant tradition when it comes to dressing for their special day.

    Top hat and red shoes for Love me Love my Wedding

    Image by McAvoy Photography

    Northern cities on the other hand, tend to avoid donning their ‘best bib and tucker’ when heading to weddings and other formal functions, with Newcastle accounting for a measly 0.014% of all top hat rentals, Manchester (1%) and Leeds (2%).

    So are you having a Highland fling of a wedding? Please send pics-we’d love to see more men in kilts 🙂

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