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Old 09-07-12, 05:14 PM   #1
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Right chaps, I am ex Gordon Highlanders/The Highlanders and have a rather lovely No.1 "Doublet" that I "aquired" when I left...(forgot to sign it back in).

My dilema is that it is Archer Green but the band I am Drum Major for wears a red tartan (Burnett of Leys). Now the old saying is, Red and Green should not be seen! but I have seen a few drummies with Royal Stewart tartan and the green doublet.

Any opinions on what colour I should go for?

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Right chaps, I am ex Gordon Highlanders/The Highlanders and have a rather lovely No.1 "Doublet" that I "aquired" when I left...(forgot to sign it back in).

My dilema is that it is Archer Green but the band I am Drum Major for wears a red tartan (Burnett of Leys). Now the old saying is, Red and Green should not be seen! but I have seen a few drummies with Royal Stewart tartan and the green doublet.

Any opinions on what colour I should go for?

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When I went into the design process of my own family tartan (my actual last name doesnt have one) I hadnt heard this... taking the time to figure out what colour scheme would represent all aspects of my family(ies) i found that Holly Green (Haslip Family crest is Holly Tree and a Stag) and Scarlet (Maclachlan Tartan) looks REALLY good together...

honestly some think it looks bad, but its a very milatary thing... and I mean VERY...

Our Band wearsa the Gordon, with Blue tunics (cutaways) and it looks good, and goes with the "sponsor" of the band...

as far as im concerned, your the DM, tarditionally spoeaking Dress and Deportment is in your hands...

post pics and I can lend my thoughts, but all in all i think so long as it looks good, it looks good...
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I believe the saying is " blue and green should never be seen except in the washing machine" This due to thier posistion on the colour wheel, they are too close to be complimentary and certainly are not contrasting. Red and Green take a hit because they are the colours of christmas. I think they work very well in full dress.
Jhaslip says it best you are the drum Major its youre call. But if it doesnt work and the doublet is a 48 tall I will be in your neck of world in 2 weeks and could relieve of this nasty thing :)
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Thanks for the replies. The Burnett of Leys tartan looks like this: and does indeed contain a green. I also noticed the Lairds Coat of Arms has a kilted archer in a green doublet

I did try the jacket and kilt on last night, but I only currently have a very faded kilt, and it did not look very good. I will try on wednesday with a newer, better coloured kilt.

As for the jacket finding a new home...not a chance!!..lol
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the green lines look quite faint in that... maybe a blue jacket to tie in with the blue lines in the kilt? would be interested to see a pic of how your kilt looks with the green jacket though.
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Thanks for the replies. The Burnett of Leys tartan looks like this: and does indeed contain a green. I also noticed the Lairds Coat of Arms has a kilted archer in a green doublet

I did try the jacket and kilt on last night, but I only currently have a very faded kilt, and it did not look very good. I will try on wednesday with a newer, better coloured kilt.

As for the jacket finding a new home...not a chance!!..lol

Oh dude youll be fine (brighter colour kilt of course) in that... i think it might even look sharp... depending on haw deep of a green your doublet is

like i said, if it looks good, it looks good...
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I did try the jacket and kilt on last night, but I only currently have a very faded kilt, and it did not look very good. I will try on wednesday with a newer, better coloured kilt.

As for the jacket finding a new home...not a chance!!..lol[/QUOTE]

no doubt you should keep it and not worry about it not looking correct. In these parts the 48th highlanders are the premier miltary pipe band and their kit is very similar to yours.
check out their site for pictures http://regimentalpipers.com/48pd/facts/bandmain.html
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no doubt you should keep it and not worry about it not looking correct. In these parts the 48th highlanders are the premier miltary pipe band and their kit is very similar to yours.
check out their site for pictures http://regimentalpipers.com/48pd/facts/bandmain.html
Thanks for the link..very interesting! The jacket itself is a regulation Army Archer Green, One of these infact. Its a very dark green and often looks black in photos.

I will try with a different kilt (one pleated to the stripe) and see whats what.
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