Traditional and Modern Kilts: Basic Style Tips for Wearing Kilts

The kilt is a traditional Scottish garment that is used to symbolize power, culture, and family origins of people in the Scottish Highlands. The practice of wearing it has had many changes throughout its long history, including being banned in the mid-1700s to downplay the influence of the Highland clans.

Today, kilts are worn for special occasions like traditions games in Scotland, and have remained a symbol of the country’s strong and unique culture. In the United States, kilts are also becoming a popular and masculine practical utility, casual, or formal wear. Because of its historical symbol as a badge of honor, it is fitting that men , Scottish or not, know how to properly wear a kilt. Here are some tips to ensure that you don’t were it like a girl.

Shirt and Skirt

In some situations (not all formal), men should first put on the shirt called a Ghillie because it will be tucked in. For casual kilt wearing, your kilt can be worn with a comfortable shirt. Kilt suppliers, such as UT Kilts, offer cool T-shirts with unique and distinguished designs to make wearing the kilt more fun. When you wear your  personal kilt, make sure that the pleats are in the back and the flat apron is in front.

Belt and Buckle

The belt, of course, goes around your waist. Simply adjust the belt until it is tight but comfortable. Belts usually come in black and brown, while antique buckles can be in brass, chrome, and other materials.

Hose and Shoes

If you are wearing hose flashes (flashes are not the socks. They go under the socks), you have to put them on first before you fold the hose. The hose should be just above the knee, and then simply fold the two hoses over to below the knee. The shoes that are most commonly worn with kilts are the Ghillie Brogues, which are worn just like a regular shoe, but the laces should be wrapped around the ankles before they are tied in front. Though just about any shoe or boot can be worn with a kilt.


The last item is the sporran. It is worn by putting the sporranbelt (sometimes part chain) through the loops on the kilt. Sporrans come in many colors of leather or fur, while formal sporrans are usually fur.

Many men today only wear their kilts during special occasions, such as weddings. However, there is a new trend of modern utility kilts that is making kilts for casual wear very popular. These kilts are a lot more functional and have pockets sewn in for such personal items as wallets, phones, or even keys. Even with this surge of popularity the traditional kilt is timeless and will never go out of style.

Modern and  stylish kilts are cool, comfortable, and fashionable. Stores like UT Kilts offer an extensive selection of traditional and modern kilts, as well as accessories that complete your everyday outfit.


(How To Wear Kilt Attire , Kilt Auctions)

(How to wear a kilt casually . Really., Dappered)