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Wearing a kilt is linked to certain standards of behavior because of its long history, which stretches back to the 16th century. The style of the kilt as we know it today hasn’t changed much in the past century. If this traditional Highland dress is new to you, we have listed the important things to think about before buying men’s kilts. After that, choosing a kilt should be simple. This is our simple buying guide for kilts for men.

Kilt: What is it?

A kilt is a skirt-like garment that falls below the knees, typically adorned with tartan patterns and composed of worsted wool woven in a twill weave with strong pleats at the sides and back. Known as the large kilt at one point, this 16th-century full-length garment with an upper part that could be worn as a cloak is connected to men’s Highland attire in Scotland. The mini kilt—a modern kilt, essentially—emerged in the 18th century as the diminutive form of the huge kilt. Since the 19th century, it has been connected to the wider culture of Scotland and, more broadly, to a lineage that is Gaelic or Celtic.

PARTS OF A MEN’S KILT: WHAT ARE THEY?

Apron

This is the front of the kilt, the overlapped, unpleated part.

Feel free 

the material that is folded over itself and stitched. This is the material used for most kilt backs. 

Wearing a little kilt, also known as a Philbeg or strolling kilt, entails covering your lower body from your waist to your knees. This is the most popular men’s kilt.

Fantastic kilt

A full-length scotland clothing men’s kilt that can be draped around the upper body

Kilt Straps

These buckle at the side to secure the kilt.

Kilt Pin A decorative item used on the front layer of the apron that does not keep the flap closed

Sporran

A skin purse with the fur or hair left on, traditionally worn in the front of men’s kilts. Additionally, there are more modern leather purses.

WHICH TARTAN CAN YOU USE TO MAKE YOUR MEN’S KILTS?

The tartan pattern worn on a kilt is referred to as a sett. The weight, color scheme, number of threads, and weaving pattern are all relevant here. Although there are no official trademark restrictions on who can wear setts, most of them are owned by a clan, therefore there are social conventions around their wear. If you are without a known clan tartan, consider tracking your lineage with a search tool such as House Of Tartan.

Enter your surname to see which clan you belong to and, thus, what tartan sett goes best with your men’s kilt. You can determine whether you have any ties to any clan if you are not directly related by looking up the maiden names of your mother and grandmother. The Caledonian, Jacobite, Hunting Stewart, and Black Watch tartans are a few examples of global tartans.

Men’s custom-fitted kilts

A proper kilt for guys is a tailored piece, much like a fine black tie or interview suit. Off-the-rack or cheap kilts are not stylish and do not fit well. This might cause the kilt to stop short of your knee, which would seem incredibly unprofessional. Much of our selection of men’s kilts is handmade to ensure the perfect fit. You will wear your kilt a lot—to events and parties, as well as in front of people who are aware of modern men’s kilts. A substandard kilt will be observed immediately and disregarded. 

The regions where you’ll need to know your measurements are your hips, waist, and maybe your rise, or the distance from your waist to your crotch. This will ensure that you wear your men’s kilt made to order traditionally while still looking stylish and paying tribute to history.

ASSEMBLIES FOR YOUR CLASSIC KILT

Remember to bring the appropriate accessories while dressing for a formal event. Men’s kilts look great with knee socks, hoses, jackets, ties, waistcoats, and shirts. To complete the look, add a sporran, a kilt pin, and Ghillie brogues, a specific type of shoe. To make it seem authentic, you may also include:

A  little ceremonial knife that is worn with the hose half concealed, revealing only the hilt.

Another option is sock flashes, which are little bits of plaid attached to the hose and meant to match the tartan on your kilt.

These are the requirements for formal kilt wear; casual kilts, such as men’s leather or utility kilts, are free to be worn with any ordinary daytime outfit and are not subject to any rules or norms. Before choosing, take a look at our extensive collection of men’s kilts, tartans, materials, and cuts.

In summary

Men have been known to wear kilts casually, dating back to the days when they were regular men’s garments, even though they are typically worn for formal occasions like Highland Games and other athletic events. Kilts can now be bought for informal wear in a wide variety of materials. The inclusion of pockets and other alternative fastenings can eliminate the need for a sporran. Women are now obliged to wear kilts for certain sports.

Wearing a kilt is linked to certain standards of behavior because of its long history, which stretches back to the 16th century. The style of the kilt as we know it today hasn’t changed much in the past century. If this traditional Highland dress is new to you, we have listed the important things to think about before buying men’s kilts. After that, choosing a kilt should be simple. This is our simple buying guide for kilts for men.

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