Friday, January 25, 2008

Choose a tartan, any tartan

Now here's the thing. My grandma, bless her soul, was called Maclean before she married. I have Scottish roots on both sides, in fact. I've always dreamed of having a proper kilt made with the Maclean tartan and know that this is possible.The problem is, there's about 9 different Maclean tartans. As I have no idea which one is really "ours" I will rely on you good people to guide my choice. Here they are...
Number 1. Classic. Can see a kilt there. Number 2. Hummm

Number 3. black and white Number 4 - white background

Number 5 Number 6 Number 7 Number 8

Number 9. And all that for the Maclean family. Here's the site I used which is great to find your family tartan. But which one...?????

23 comments:

treefrogdemon said...

Big clans like the Macleans would have different tartans for different occasions - for instance your Hunting Maclean would be subtle shades of green so the deer wouldn't see you coming; whereas Dress Maclean was for parties and might be more garish. Pick the one you like best...but be aware that lots of historians now think the whole clan tartan thing was invented by Walter Scott and has no historical basis.

Frogprincess said...

Right so that's the green one for the deer hunting and the red and white for parties. Gotcha.

ejaydee said...

I'd go for number 2, if you want the advice of someone who's family is involved in fashion, and could start a small fashion company with every one of my ex-girlfriends. Actually this is all meaningless because I'm not involved in it. Just go for 2 alright.

Frogprincess said...

Merci cher Ejay. It's the one that looks the most like the classic red-background tartan and is rather classic and elegant. I must admit I like the black and white one too. I think the best way to wear a kilt iw with a black polo neck.

2JokersInEveryPack said...

FP, there's loads of skintone/build issues before I'd ever dare presume to recommend a tartan... then again, I've spent loads of time in Rome, Paris, St Etienne & Toulouse in the kilt with nae hassle, so go figure ... the best moment being approached by a very young French journo in St Etienne before the World Cup Quarter Final: "Are you a Scotland Supporter?" (surveys own kilt, sporran, shirt, WC2007 blue beret, WC shirt): "Mebbe..."

steenbeck said...

My David wore a kilt at our wedding, as he's about 90% Scottish. You can see a picture of him (well, us) at cicadamania.com. Strange but true.

steenbeck said...

d'oh, just checked and the picture's been removed. Nevermind.

ejaydee said...

Isn't it this one?
http://www.cicadamania.com/wedding.html

ejaydee said...

frogp, I agree with the polo/turtle neck thing.

steenbeck said...

Double d'oh. That's it.

ejaydee said...

Were you really as cool as Dan claims? (I assume you're the friends he's talking about)

steenbeck said...

Don't believe a thing he says. We never had a classic quartet or a DJ. DOn't know where he got that from. We made mixed tapes (cassettes! real cassettes!) and played them on a box set up in a window. Nice time. I wasn't aware the cicadas were bothering anyone. I thought they were a blessing.

DarceysDad said...

Nice one, steenbeck. We had an accompaniment of Bardados' famous whistling frogs at our wedding (see yesterday's pic).

steenbeck said...

It's nice, isn't it, Dsd, like nature's smiling on you. And I wasn't wearing socks, either.

TracyK said...

Number 6 is like my Christmas pyjamas! Oh and number 8 is like my old Chrismas pyjamas! I have a thing for dressing up like a packet of Walkers Highland Fingers.
I like the black and white best, tartan (in daywear) is so hard to accessorise with.

nilpferd said...

The pale ones are probably hunting tartans, they are normally related in tone to the poppy ones but dulled down so as not to warn the pheasants...

Frogprincess said...

All good advice, my lovlies. TracyK you really must be related to me in some way - I also get tartan pyjamas from my family at Chrimbo and love wearing them. Indeed, one of my oldest French friends of Italian origine - we call her "La Spaghetteuse" - loved one of my tartan combos so much and had it spot welded to her when she stayed over, that I gave in and gave it to her. It was tartan N°5.
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Ejay - I also worked for the fashion industry for 4 years. Nothing glamourous - just a Director's assistant in a big young fashion manufacturer's. Tremendous fun and fascinating to see how collections are built up and changed to keep in with what is selling. I still have the "déformation profesionnelle" where I now work of saying to my colleagues "Oh that's nice - who made that?"

bethnoir said...

I like numbers three and nine best, how cool having your own family fabric!

TracyK said...

Gawd, FP, we must be gentically linked! Number 8 look like my old M&S ones, they do a lovely line in pjs. In fact, I think I'll go get some more pjs for my birthday/payday: they are my "shoes" and "chocolate", I'm a strange girlie.

Frogprincess said...

(lower lip trembling) But we ARE allowed to buy shoes AND chocolates if we buy nice Pjs, aren't we???

DarceysDad said...

NO, fp, you're NOT! You can buy the shoes and even the 'jamas, but the chocolates are our department!

Frogprincess said...

Oh Okay. Sounds fair enough actually. Guys know about nice chocolate. BUT have you noticed the difference between guys n' gurrls in this sense: you give chocolate to a man and what does he do? It goes in the cupboard. And sits there. And sits there. And eventually - when he's remembered it's there. He may eat it. Frogprince's record is a box of Cadbury's Heros that sat in the cupboard for A YEAR. I counted. Give a gurrl a box of chocolates and it's gone within the week. And quite right too. Chocolate is for EATING not for hoarding!!!

TracyK said...

See, this is where sterotyping falls down. I can leave chocolate and not be bothered, but the bloke will eat anything not nailed down. Last Monday I bought us each a box of WeightWatcher toffee bars, when he'd said he didn't really want any this week, oh go on then. I went to have one on Tuesday and the cupboard was bare! You can imagine the scene that followed...
PS If 'chocolate' was changed to 'cake' or 'Turkish Delight' - real stuff, not choc coated - the story would be very different.