Saturday, May 22, 2010

Vice Versa


Vise Versa
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This is a drive by shooting of the Utilikilts storefront in Pioneer Square. I just happened to catch mannequins in kilts and a woman passing by in slacks. As I drove by I suddenly remembered that tomorrow is the Great Kilted 5K Run at Magnuson Park. Luckily the light turned red so I could capture this scene, as I can't get over to shoot that event. I imagine more than a few of the kilted runners will be attired in Seattle's answer to what the well dressed dude might wear for hard work or recreation. You may have seen photos I posted a few years ago of these rugged versions of the ancient plaid garb usually reserved only for formal wear these days. Even though Utilikilts are utilitarian, they are not cheap, and you will not find them made from your family's wool plaid :-). More likely heavy twill or even leather, and usually accompanied by a thick pair of Doc Martins or the like. Think post punk artist/craftsman/chef/musician/metal smith/outdoors-man type of guy lifting a brew at the local tavern and you'll have the vibe. Good luck and lots of fun to all the runners tomorrow!

4 comments:

brattcat said...

May the wind be at their backs...and maybe a gust or two beneath them for lift ( :

Bibi said...

Glad you like to do drive-by shootings, too. I know this shop and it's pretty much always good for a photo, even a quick one. I don't think guys in kilts, Scots or not, would get very far on the street here.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Call me old fashioned or an old fogey, but I've never been able to get with skirts on men. The only place it looks right to me is in Scotland. Maybe its the knee-high socks and the daggers that make the difference. Anyway, thanks for the intro to what is fashion forward in your neck of the woods.

Louis la Vache said...

hee hee...
One of «Louis'» neighbors is of Scottish ancestry and he wears a kilt often. On this guy, it is not a becoming look... Mme la Vache comments that she hopes he's not wearing it in the (ahem) traditional way...