The fly plaid is the "cape looking piece of cloth" that goes over the left shoulder of the wearer. It is a simple square of cloth, typically 46" X 46", with fringed edges and a box pleat sewn in one corner.
The modern fly plaid originated with the traditional Féileadh Mòr (Great Plaid) worn in the Scottish Highlands. The Great Plaid was a large piece of cloth, which by the 16th century measured up to 8.2 metres (9.0 yards) in length, half of which was pleated and belted about the waist, while the upper half was draped over the left shoulder, was then gathered in front and could be used as a cloak and hood during inclement weather.
The fly plaid harkens back to that garment and was introduced in the 18th century when fashion dictated a switch to the modern kilt. The fly plaid replaced that portion of the Great Kilt that was draped over the shoulder. It is always worn in the same tartan or colour as the modern kilt, and should be made from the same fabric so that the sett and colours match exactly. It is typically worn only for formal functions and is paired with a jacket and vest and a plaid brooch.
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- great mcm
Price Value QualityHad to order at the last minute for my daughter's wedding and you came through again. Arrived well in time and the boys looked great (Posted on 5/13/2017)
- Always Awesome BAK
Value Quality PriceAwesome fly plaid , perfect length. Kids and I love the goody bag and hand written note of Thanks.
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- Top notch all the way. John
Price Value QualityMy new fly plaid goes great with the kilt I purchased 2 years ago. I will always go to USA kilts when it's time for a new outfit. Thanks (Posted on 7/28/2016)
- Awesome Pete
Quality Price ValueEverything I have ordered has been on time and I look forward to wearing the law enforcement kilt in our Coty's parade this year (Posted on 2/29/2016)
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