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Fly Plaid 

 

Fly plaid traditionally worn as a matching accompaniment to the full highland dress above.

Fly Plaid with Jacobean Shirt

Fly Plaid worn with Jacobean shirt above.

 

The fly plaid is traditionally worn as a matching accompaniment to the full highland dress (see picture in top left column).  In this manner, it has become an impressive ceremonial accessory.

However, the fly plaid may also be worn with any apparel, such as the Jacobean shirt, as an accompaniment to the modern kilt (see picture in bottom left column).

How the Fly Plaid is Worn

The front of the fly plaid (pleats sewn together) is placed through the epaulet on the left shoulder of the jacket, allowed to hang down about 14 down the front, with a brooch fastened in the middle.

 The fly plaid is secured by the epaulet, not the brooch.  The brooch is fastened to the fly plaid, not the jacket.

History

Originally the fly plaid was simply the end of the great kilt worn over the shoulder.

At the end of the 18th Century, the fly plaid was introduced by the military as dress wear when the great kilt was discarded in favor of the modern kilt.

 

 

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