Not so 'well plaid'? Scotland's Commonwealth Games kits receive a stony reception

Scotland's kits for the upcoming Commonwealth Games have been unveiled - including an opening parade uniform with a traditional twist.

The parade outfits will feature tartan for both men and women.
The parade outfits will feature tartan for both men and women. Credit: Kenny Smith/PA Wire

Competitors will wear light blue with tartan wrap-arounds when they enter Celtic Park on 23 July to a potential television audience of one billion people worldwide.

Women will also wear a stone-coloured leather bag across their bodies to imitate the St Andrew's flag, while men will carry a traditional sporran.

Athlete Samantha Kinghorn during the team's kitting out session yesterday.
Athlete Samantha Kinghorn during the team's kitting out session yesterday. Credit: Kenny Smith/PA Wire

The kits are designed by textile artist and Glasgow native Jilli Blackwood, and will mostly be accompanied by all blue and all white outfits for competition - again matching the country's flag.

Despite the nod to Scotland's heritage, the opening ceremony outfits received a fairly lukewarm response on Twitter following their unveiling:

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Actually mortified at the Team Scotland uniform for the Commonwealth Games. Who designed it and why were they allowed to go ahead with it?!

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Now we know why Sir Chris Hoy retired ahead of the Commonwealth Games. The Scotland parade uniform... http://t.co/Ej0oCOkqR1

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I'm petitioning Google to expunge all images of Scotland's Commonwealth Games kit.

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The "well plaid" puns about the Scotland Commonwealth games outfits have already started

Blackwood, a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, said: "My brief from Team Scotland was to come up with a parade uniform that was high on impact and made a real statement, but also had a contemporary feel.

"There will be no mistaking that this is the Scottish Team as they proudly step out at the Opening Ceremony."

Squash player Frania Gillen-Buchert added: “I love the tartan and I think we’ll look great …and we’ll definitely be seen as we march last into Celtic Park for the Opening Ceremony as the home team."

Athlete Louise Wood (centre) wears the England kit during May's launch.
Athlete Louise Wood (centre) wears the England kit during May's launch. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

England and Wales have already unveiled their kits for the Games, while Northern Ireland's is due to be released shortly.

Badminton player Nick Strang models Wales' colours.
Badminton player Nick Strang models Wales' colours. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive

Glasgow 2014 will run from 23 July - 3 August and will see 70 nations competing.