Page boy kilts

(38 Posts)
Julia3000 Sun 19-Dec-10 19:00:52

Hi I'm a newbie- so I hope doing this right!
Anyway- my son has been asked by my sister to be a pageboy at her wedding. The problem is that his outfit was to include a kilt. He was really excited when we took him to try on an oufit at the shop, but he found it really itchy. He suffers from excema, and although not that bad, he can't really wear wool, or wool like material, next to his skin. I should have thought about it and just asked if was OK to wear smart trousers- my sister would have been fine about it. He's now disapointed, but I don't think anyone does "non itchy" kilts really. Anyone know where I can hire one?

OldLadyKnowsNothing Mon 20-Dec-10 02:20:55

Hmm, kilts do tend to be itchy. Could you get some leggings-type clothing/long boxers or something for him to wear underneath it? (Am a Scot, I know "nothing is worn" under the kilt, but I don't think anyone would mind in the circumstances!)

Welcome to MN, btw.

Julia3000 Mon 20-Dec-10 08:09:43

Crickey- I wasn't expecting him go commando- not really approriate for a boy at a wedding!

I'd thought of cylce shorts, as his sister sometime wears them under her skirt if it's really short- but they tend to stop above the knee and I think it'd still irritate the backs of his knees.

I'd had a look around for some slightly longer ones- but can't find any. i tried cutting down a pair of full length ones, but that just looked awful.

Thanks for the suggestions, though.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Mon 20-Dec-10 11:25:39

Could you line the kilt with another fabric less itchy?

Julia3000 Mon 20-Dec-10 18:30:09

I'd be worried about lining the kilt as we're hiring it.
I was hoping someone would know of a "less itchy" kilt supplier- but it doesn't look like I'll be in luck!

MyNameIsWendy Mon 20-Dec-10 18:40:19

Are you sure that it really feels that itchy to him? He may say he's excited- but really just doesn't want to wear it.

how old is your DS
perahps he is embarrassed at the thought of a skirt

which is what someone asked me when my ds wore a kilt hmm.. luckily it was after the event.
i love kilts.
it wont go close to the skin so i would ahve thought it should be ok

Julia3000 Mon 20-Dec-10 18:47:18

I think he really did find it uncomfortable- it's not just an excuse not to wear it. I'll have to take his word for it though, as the only other way would to hire it now and get him to wear it around the house for a day to see if it really was too itchy or not. That would be expensive though- hiring even a child's kilt is really expensive.

Julia3000 Mon 20-Dec-10 18:50:26

Sorry- (as I said I'm a newbie)
DS- short for ...Son?
He's 9.

scurryfunge Mon 20-Dec-10 18:51:44


This company do hypoallergenic but haven't looked for children's sizes.

MyNameIsWendy Mon 20-Dec-10 18:57:29

"I'd be worried about lining the kilt as we're hiring it."
Rather than line it, just get him to wear a cotton slip with it. If you ensure it's a inch or two shorter than the kilt- no one will see it. It might be difficult to get him to agree- but if he really is as excited about it as you say, he won't mind as no-one will know.

Julia3000 Mon 20-Dec-10 19:54:13

The kilt is "Hypoallergenic Polyviscose"- but they don't list this for children. They do list Polyviscose as a option for boys kilts- but I'm unsure if the Hypoallergenic Polyviscose is treated in some way. I'll have to ask them.

Julia3000 Mon 20-Dec-10 20:20:17

Do shops hire Polyviscose ones- I've only seen wool?

schroeder Mon 20-Dec-10 20:30:22

He needs a pettycoat although you may have to make it yourself even m&s don't seem to do them anymore.

ds had to wear one a few years ago and it didn't seem to bother his excema, but it was very heavy apparently. Maybe he could change into something trendy in the evening if he is going and you've somewhere to change.

Julia3000 Tue 21-Dec-10 07:53:08

schroeder- did ds wear a pettycoat with his kilt? How did that go down with him?
(I'm a newbie- I'm guessing "ds" is darling or dear son- am I right?).
I'm not sure if he'd go for a petticoat? I guess if as "MyNameIsWendy" suggests, it is an inch or too shorter- no-one wouls see it.
I don't want to suggest it and find it's put him off wearing the kilt altogether.

(Your right about m&s not doing them, schroeder. My daughter doesn't own one either- girls don't seem to wear them anymore- I wonder why? I think I could manage making one though- it's just a tube with a bit of elastic.)

MyNameIsWendy Tue 21-Dec-10 09:18:36

I take it you've found thick cotton socks to replace the wolly ones normally worn?

Julia3000 Tue 21-Dec-10 09:32:32

I'd missed this- he didn't try on the socks. I guess I'll need to find some thick cotton socks as well.
Trousers would have been so much easier!

MyNameIsWendy Tue 21-Dec-10 09:59:14

Couldn't you rent a tux instead? He'd still be dressed up in "special clothes"?
It'd be so much easier!

Julia3000 Tue 21-Dec-10 11:59:52

Your right- but I think kilts always look so smart and I doubt he's going to get many oportunities to wear one.
I'll solve this yet!

TinselInDisgrace Tue 21-Dec-10 12:05:36

Just tell him that it's normal to wear a cotton slip under a kilt. No one will know and I'm sure he won't notice that no one else is wearing one. Other options could include wearing flesh coloured tights with the socks and kilt on top (you'd hardly see the tights, given how little space there'll be between the bottom of the kilt and the top of the socks, or wearing 3/4 length leggings rather than cycling shorts.

funkingcart Tue 21-Dec-10 12:06:07

Ok first the kilt....

If I was you I'd make a slip and get him to wear that with some boxers. No one will know. And it is the LAW that boys under 18 are allowed to wear underwear with their kilts. That's what we told my DS's at my brother's wedding 15 years ago!

The socks....

When's the wedding? If you PM me, there's a shop local to here does "bobble socks" for scottish dancing - the girls wear them, they look at bit like the proper woolen socks but they're cotton. I could pick up a pair if you tell me the size and stick them in the post.

BilboBloggins Tue 21-Dec-10 12:08:27

Can you hire tartan trews instead? He can still wear the Prince Charlie jacket etc, but the trews would be lined.

Julia3000 Tue 21-Dec-10 14:36:15

I'm not sure if tights would iritate his skin or not- they're cheap enough to give it a try.

I think I'll be making him a slip- I'm not sure straightish or flared will be better- I'll need to experiment.

"If you PM me"- I'm a newbie- what's PM?
I'll have a look for cotton scottish dancing socks on the net- do only girls wear cotton ones (not that it matters much)?

Thanks all.

TinselInDisgrace Tue 21-Dec-10 14:37:07

you could get 100% cotton tights.

Julia3000 Tue 21-Dec-10 14:49:55

I was thinking more of flesh colored nyon tights so they're not seen- As TinselInDisgrace says- there would only be a couple of inches on display- so wouldn't notice at all.

funkingcart Tue 21-Dec-10 14:53:59

Julia - i pm'd you

If you look at the inbox at the top of the page it will have a wee red star and be yellow to show a new message

TinselInDisgrace Tue 21-Dec-10 14:54:03

you might be able to find some flesh-ish coloured cotton tights somewhere. Depending on how pale his skin is, you may get away with a creamy colour. There will only be a tiny bit of knee on show.

Julia3000 Tue 21-Dec-10 16:09:23

If I can get some girls scottish dancing cotton socks, as funkingcart says, and I make him a slip- I won't need the tights.

Julia3000 Tue 21-Dec-10 16:09:23

If I can get some girls scottish dancing cotton socks, as funkingcart says, and I make him a slip- I won't need the tights.

Julia3000 Tue 21-Dec-10 16:42:14

Oops! How did I do that?

MyNameIsWendy Tue 21-Dec-10 19:06:58

If you can't be bothered to make one- this company sells underskirts especially for excema sufferers (girls, of course). /Underwear/C03++Underskirt.htm
I'm sure this would fit the bill perfectly- and doesn't appear to have any lace at the hem.

Julia3000 Tue 21-Dec-10 19:57:30

I was more thinking of a waist slip.
I've just had a go at making one- not very successful. I thought it would be dead simple- I think the cotton I have (an old sheet) is too heavy. I tried a straight style, but it ended up restricting his walking. I tried adding a back split- but that didn't really work. I tied again, this time making it flared, but it sort of stood out too much!
He wasn't keen on keep trying on the "skirts" I was making him- wat a disaster!
Maybe I should resort to the one in the link afterall!

Julia3000 Wed 22-Dec-10 11:02:30

I've bitten the bullet and ordered an underskirt for him from the link above. It's not cheap, but it will be useful for his sister when he's finished with it (I don't imagine he'll get a lot of wear out of it!).

I've tracked down the socks FunkingCart suggested- so I think he's sorted!

Thank you for your help.

MyNameIsWendy Wed 22-Dec-10 12:25:04

I'm sure he'll look great!

Don't forget to make sure you take loads of pictures to show his future wife!

MyNameIsWendy Wed 22-Dec-10 12:25:04

I'm sure he'll look great!

Don't forget to make sure you take loads of pictures to show his future wife!

Girdle Wed 08-Feb-12 15:16:29

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StephanieLady Thu 28-Mar-13 01:50:23

Well, I'm certainly glad I googled this issue! My son's have to wear kilts for a family wedding and my younger son has had a TERRIBLE time with the wool!

I've found some underskirts online, but they don't seem that cheap. I think I'll try the flesh toned nylon tights first, since they're much more affordable. Plus no one will really notice with the socks overtop.

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