In the past, seeing someone wearing a traditional kilt outside of traditional Scottish events was rare. In recent years, however, people have come to recognize that kilts are not only worn when you’re going to play the bagpipes or attending a local Scottish games. Wearing one outside of a traditional kilt wearing situation can be difficult as it really gets people’s attention. On the other hand, it happens to be more comfortable than tight pants or jeans. The problem is that some people don’t understand the nuisances of the kilt wearing traditions when it comes to choosing their kilt, wearing it, and ensuring that it is in good condition.
To start, you’ll want to select the right style of kilt that is best for you. Until recently the only choice you had to make when buying a kilt was the colors of the tartan. Thankfully, modern utility kilts like the ones sold at UT Kilts do not just focus on the tartan design and offer solid colors like black or brown. Comfort is probably the second most important factor that you should consider when choosing a kilt. It is critical to get the right measurements to in order get the most comfort fit possible. There is nothing quite like a kilt that fits just right. You need to measure your waist where you plan to wear the kilt.
Some men prefer it higher while others like it lower on their hips. Either way, be sure to accurately. Also, measure down to your knees from the top of the point where you measured your waist. Although traditionally kilts are worn to middle/upper knee, which does not necessarily need to be the case. Some prefer the lower knee (which should be the lowest it would go). Decide where you would prefer to wear it to and measure to that point.
Once you’ve decided what kilt to buy, you need to learn some kilt wearing tips so you don’t embarrass yourself. Traditionally, the kilt will be your only covering; that’s right commando! Most kilt wearers, however, tend to wear something under their kilt. Plus, since weather can get pretty cold and windy, having an extra layer of protection against the elements is a good idea. To wear your kilt properly: first, wrap the kilt around your waist, with the pleats at the back. Next, fasten the kilt by buckling in the aprons; it’s like a securing belt. Now, adjust the kilt so that the fringed edge is on the right side and it is centered. Finally, wear accessories like a sporran to complete the ensemble.
Kilts can last a long time if cared for properly. You can do this by cleaning it the right and recommended way. Simply throwing your kilt in the washer could result in shrinkage. Pay attention to the fabric because some do better to have dry-cleaned to ensure its continued ability to make you look great. Finally, note that traditional kilts are usually made of wool and must be dry-cleaned.
(Source: Minneapolis Police Advise Wearing Undies Under Your Kilt, CBS Minnesota, March 16, 2015)