When it comes to taking fashion risks, the guys who usually grab our attention have the types of jobs that allow for maximum swerves: designers, musician, athletes, etc. You’ll get the occasional rogue TV star like Bryshere Gray, or an old guard film rebel like Robert Downey Jr., who’ll get weird in a good way on the red carpet, but generally speaking, actors tend to play it the safest of all the celebrity tribes. When David Duchovny has his X-Files hat on, for example, he’s all dark denim and button-down shirts. And when he plays with his band in Scotland, he does what any respectable musician would do—he wears a kilt.
Now, to Duchovny’s credit: 1) he’s actually of Scottish descent, so this isn’t the most absurd idea—despite how things turned out—and 2) a kilt is not the easiest thing to pull off. But it’s not the kilt that’s elevated this rig to head-scratching status, it’s stuff he chose to wear it with. The actor basically transplanted his go-to L.A. leather-jacket-and-tee uniform 5,000 miles from where it belongs. The top of this look on the streets of sunny WeHo getting coffee? We can see it. In a parking lot in Scotland with a man skirt? Not so much. The moto-inspired leather and extra sweaty tee (a guy can’t pack a back up T-shirt?) might say “badass frontman” with a pair of jeans, but the kilt combo is giving us the menswear equivalent of cognitive dissonance. It ‘s like putting a tux jacket and bow-tie with a pair of jorts, or suit pants with a mesh tank top—you get the idea. So if you’re a guy like Duchovny who wants to get in touch with his sartorial roots and throw on a kilt, just keep things simple up top. Bare man legs say enough on their own.