The kilt became a visual symbol that made me instantly recognizable. Often customers at my work would ask for "the guy with the kilt" if they didn't know my name. During a lot of this time I was single, and being able to say, "just look for the short guy in a kilt", made it easy for a date to spot me during my on line dating phase.
For many years it felt entirely positive to me. I had made a potent visual statement that marked my mindset and uniqueness well. I continued to get supportive feedback.
Then a curious thing began to happen by degrees. Over time it became lass a symbol of my being entirely myself, and more the definition of me in the minds of others. I began to realize that by creating such a strong impression it was by starting to take on the rule of law, of tradition. I understood that it was now expected of me to a significant degree.
The effect the creation of that powerful image was so great that even now, that is the impress that exists in people's minds, though it hasn't been the reality for years. So, I can offer my experience as a working example of just how much force lives within the Attire language and just how deeply it defines us to those who see us. Years later, I am still in the minds of many of my customers at my work, "the guy in the kilt".
It serves as both lesson and warning. Making a single sort of image for ourselves can have a cost all unbidden. It can make it tougher for change to happen, both for those who we interact with, and curiously, for ourselves as well. So, that look you love, could become a kind of imprisonment barring you from evolving for a time.