The Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing Dress Code came into operation as from 1st January 2000.
The Board is the World Governing Body of Scottish Highland Dancing responsible for promoting, encouraging and developing Highland Dancing throughout theWorld and for setting and controlling the technique and movements upon which Highland Dancing is based.
Although Highland Dancing was traditionally for men only, today the majority of dancers are female. The Kilt, Sporran, Jacket Plaid and Bonnet are unsuitable and ungainly when worn by women. An early task of the Board was to design a simple yet traditional outfit for female participants. Within a very short period the outfit suggested by the Board (kilt, tartan hose, blouse and waistcoat or jacket) was being worn by every female dancer.