Back in April I posted on my experience with the contemporary style of wearing your kilt hose with casual Highland dress -- scrunched down, as opposed to pulled up to the knee. Well, come to find out, this may not be such a new style, after all.
Someone over on the X Marks the Scot kilt wearers' forum has posted a thread about a picture he found in the National Library of Wales. The photo was taken on May 1, 1952, in the Dinas Mawddwy Woolen Factory. It depicts two young adolescents, a boy and a girl, in Scottish dress.
Now, the question of why these teens were wearing Scottish attire in a Welsh woolen mill aside, I immediately noticed something about the young lad's dress. He is wearing the kilt, obviously in a dress-down fashion. There is no sporran or kilt belt. (I never wear a belt when I wear a sweater vest, as he is in the photo. And I dare say if I were working around all that machinery I'd definitely remove my sporran!).
But look at his hose. He is wearing them scrunched down on his leg, just like the contemporary casual fashion. This is 1952! Previously, I had not seen pictures of anyone wearing their hose like this prior to the Geoffrey Tailor "21st Century Kilts" revolution. But I suppose there is nothing new under the sun.
(And before anyone comments, yes, the young lad's kilt is a bit too long. But for a growing boy it is not uncommon to have a kilt made a little long, to allow for growth. The tartan, by the way, is MacKenzie.)