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!
All the following suggestions are based on a study of old
portraits, prints and traditional practice and were approved by the
then Lord Lyon King of Arms. The terms and criteria used are rather
quaint and reflect a lifestyle that has all but disappeared even
from the Scottish social scene.
Left ~ Clanswoman
The sash is worn over the right shoulder across the breast and
secured by a pin or small brooch on the shoulder.
Right ~ Chieftainess
The wife of a clan chief or the wife of a Colonel of a Scottish
Regiment would wear a slightly wider sash over the left shoulder
and secured with a brooch on the left shoulder.
Left ~ Ladies married out of their
clan but who wish to use their original clan tartan
This sash is usually longer than the Style 1. version and is worn
over the right shoulder secured with a pin and fastened with a
large bow on the left hip.
Right. Often worn by Scottish country dancers
or where the lady wishes to keep the front of her dress clear of
the sash - as when wearing the ribbons or decorations of any
chivalric order. This style is very similar to a man's belted plaid
and is really a small arisaid. It's buttoned on at the back of the
waist or 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 swings at the back of the right arm.