Wearing of Sashes by Ladies in Evening Dress
COURT OF THE LORD LYON
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
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.