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Highland Dress

Highland dress is one of the most distinctive and attractive national costumes in the world.

Male highland dress includes kilt or trews, sporran, sgian dubh and ghillies.  Ghillies, or ghillie brogues, are traditional thick soled shoes with no tongues and long laces. The laces are wrapped around and tied above the wearer’s ankles so that the shoes do not get pulled off in mud. The shoes lack tongues so the wearer’s feet can dry more quickly in typically damp Scottish weather. The ghillie brogue is named after the ghillie, the traditional Scottish gamekeeper and outdoorsman.

Female highland dress includes women’s shoes, also called ghillies, that are tied in the same way but have thin soles for indoor wear and dancing. Traditionally, women and girls do not wear kilts but may wear tartan skirts. A tartan sash or shawl may also be worn. Women may also wear dress tartans which are modified versions which include white in place of a more prominent colour.