So many customers call in in a panic having been invited to a Burns Night and with no idea what to wear that we thought we should create you a guide. It does of course depend very much on the type of event that you have been invited to and your invite should give you a hint to what is expected.
So do you have to wear tartan? Well no it is not obligatory but it is so much more fun if you join in the spirit of the event and given that Burns Night is one of the most celebrated events in the Scottish cultural calendar, at least a nod to the tartan check is nice gesture.
A full-on formal event will require black tie so if you have a Kilt and Prince Charlie jacket then this is what you should wear complete with all the usual accessories Sgian Dhub, Sporran and Ghillie Brogues. For those who don't wish to wear a kilt a tartan bow tie and cummerbund with your dinner suit or tartan trews are a suitable alternative. For the ladies our favourite outfit is our Fluted Tartan Skirt which is full length and can be worn with a matching tartan top or plain top. If you already have a lovely evening dress then a Tartan Sash or Stole will give your outfit the touch of tartan it needs. Tartan fluted skirtA less formal or more impromptu Burns Supper will not require traditional highland dress unless you have it in your wardrobe and fancy giving it an outing, and we have lots of accessories that you will enjoy wearing all the year round rather than on this one occasion. We have created a sample board below or you can visit the Burns section on the website to see the full range. For Men Burns Night 1. Prince Charlie Jacket and Waistcoat - evening wear at it's best, every man looks doubly handsome in a Prince Charlie 2. Wing Collar Shirt - we like the Marcella style from T M Lewin 3. Men's 4 yard kilt - pictured here in Ryder Cup tartan 4. Semi-Formal Sporran - so you can wear it day or night 5. Plain Wool Tie - pick out your favourite colour in your kilt or tartan trousers 6. Tartan Tie - not just for Burns Night and a must for any self respecting wardrobe 7. Double Faced Scarf - our most on trend product this year where reversible scarves are everywhere, but none as nice as our tartan and tweed version 8. Men's Tartan Trousers - pictured in the Pride of Scotland Silver tartan but we can make yours in any tartan, 2 different cuts and with all sorts of different features such as turn-ups and side adjusters on the waist 9. Black Satin Bow Tie - if you have gone all out tartan a simple black bow tie cools the effect beautifully 10. Wool Tartan Bow Tie - perfect if you want to add just a little touch of tartan to your outfit 11. Kilt Socks/Hose - pictured in ecru and available in a great range of other colours 12. Tweed Brogues - in case you don't fancy tartan....although of course we do make them in tartan too! Somehow it seems easier for the ladies to add a touch of tartan to their outfit. If you don't want to go all out with a dress or bolero jacket then we have so many lovely little brooches, bags, stoles and other accessories you are spoilt for choice. For Women Burns night 1. Tartan Bolero Jacket - our best selling jacket and perfect with that little black dress 2. Round Neck Tartan Dress - easy to wear and so pretty you will wear this dress again and again 3. Fluted Skirt - our most elegant skirt and perfect for black tie events 4. Fine Wool Tartan Stole - so light and perfect to wear as a super long scarf after the event 5. Wool Rose Brooch - just the ticket to add a touch of tartan to your outfit 6. V Neck Tailored Tartan Top - pictured in Patriot Modern and ideal to wear with the fluted skirt or just a pair of jeans 7. Tartan Clutch Bag - we love the over-sized bobble fastening 8. The Muckle Fantoosh - our more quirky handbag pictured in the gorgeous Troon tartan 9. Wool Tartan & Velvet Stole - available in your own tartan and co-ordinated with your choice of shade of velvet, or choose one from our stock range if you don't have your own tartan 10. Tartan Court Shoes - shoes can really make an outfit and our tartan ones are the ultimate in unique So now you are all dressed up and ready to go. Enjoy your haggis and have a lovely time wherever you spend Burns Night.