Court of the Lord Lyon Wearing of
Sashes by Ladies in Evening Dress
WEARING OF SASHES BY LADIES IN EVENING DRESS
The manner of wearing tartan sashes or
light scarves had customary significance even two centuries ago, and
whilst the wearing of sashes in any particular manner has so far no
legal significance, a due respect for tradition suggests that uniform
practice, and implication consistent with custom, is desirable. The
difference methods undermentioned to wearing such are appropriate for
ladies in different circumstances. All these suggestions are based on a
careful study of old portraits, prints and traditional practice, and
bear the authoritative approval of the Lord Lyon King of Arms.
No 1. Style worn by
clans-women. The sash is worn over the right shoulder across the
breast and is secured by a pin or small brooch on the right shoulder.
No. 2 Style worn by
Chieftainesses, wives of clan chiefs and wives of the Colonels of
Scottish Regiments. The sash which may be rather fuller in size is worn
over the left shoulder and secured with a brooch on the left shoulder.
No. 3 Style worn by
ladies who have married out of their clan, but who still wish to use
their original clan tartan. The sash usually longer than No 1 style, is
worn over the right shoulder secured there with a pin and fastened in a
large bow on the left hip.
No 4. Style worn by
country dancers or where any lady desires to keep the front of the
dress clear of the sash (as, for example, when wearing the ribband of a
chivalric order, or any orders and decorations). This style is similar
to the belted plaid, and is really a small arisaid. It is buttoned on at
the back of the waist, or is held by a small belt, and is secured at the
right shoulder by a pin or small brooch, so that the ends fall backwards
from the right shoulder and swing at the back of the right arm.
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