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Laddies Tartan Sash Etiquette
The method of wearing sashes or light scarves had customary significance even two centuries ago, and although the wearing of sashes in any particular manner is of no legal significance whatsoever nowadays, ladies may feel more comfortable knowing that tradition is being observed!
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. These suggestions are based on a careful study of old portraits, prints and traditional practice. Styles 1, 2, and 3 have the approval of Sir Thomas Innes, Lord Lyon King of Arms (1945 - 1969). They also appear in Frank Adams' book The Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands and in Tartans and Highland Dress by MacKinnon of Dunakin.
• A woman of the clan or sept surnames by birth or marriage.
The sash is worn over the right shoulder, across the breast, and is secured by a pin or small brooch on the shoulder.
• The wife of a clan chief or the wife of a Colonel of a Scottish Regiment.
A slightly wider sash, worn over the left shoulder, across the right breast, and secured with a brooch on the left shoulder.
Married Outside of Her Clan:
• Ladies married out of their clan but who wish to use their original clan tartan.
The sash, usually longer than Style 1, is worn over the right shoulder, secured there with a pin, and fastened in a large bow on the left hip.
Scottish Country Dancers
• Or where the lady wishes to keep the front of her dress clear of the sash (as, for example, when wearing the ribbon of a chivalric order, or any orders and decorations).
This style is similar to the belted plaid, and is really a small earasaid. 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
Members of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society have been granted permission by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, to wear their sashes on the left shoulder. This is an honor bestowed upon the Society because she is Patron. (Electric Scotland)