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Kilt Measurements

When taking kilt measurements, ensure that you have somebody around to help out as, in order to get accurate measurements, you must stand straight and face forward with your feet together and your head up!

How to measure waist size


Waist measurements should be taken at navel level and the measurement must be tight. This is usually taken 2 inches higher than your hip bone or higher from where your trousers are usually worn.

How to measure hip size


First of all, ensure that your pockets are empty! Next, ensure that your feet are kept together. Initially, take a light measurement around the hips and then add 2” of excess. This is only applicable to kilt making, not kilt hire!

How to measure leg length


Length measurements must be taken from the top of the hip bone to the top of the kneecap or mid-knee – whichever you require. Remember that kilts shouldn’t be worn too long! Please also provide your height and chest measurements and please keep in mind that your height is the most important measurement to have exact!

How to measure jacket size



The easiest and most reliable way of taking a jacket measurement is to have a quick look at a label from one of your formal jacket that fits you perfectly and use the same measurement. If you don’t have a suitable jacket, our guide should help you! Once again – it’s best to get somebody else to do this for you, for the most precise measurement. When you’re taking a chest measurement, ensure that you take it across the widest or “fullest” part of the chest. This is usually under the arms and over shoulder blades. Your arms should be allowed to easily hang loosely at your sides whilst taking this measurement. Also ensure that the horizontal line of the measuring tape is approximately parallel to the floor surface when reading your final measurement. If you want to ensure that the arms are being measured accurately enough, ensure that you can fit a finger or two behind the tape as the measurement is being taken. Please also note that you should not measure across the chest of an existing jacket to get your size. Remember, jackets are made with an extra 2-3 inches of material for chest expansion whilst breathing and general movement. Your height is the most important measurement to have exact so if you’d like any further guidance or clarification on measurements, please feel free to email us – info(at)macgregorandmacduff.co.uk

Other Measurements / Details Required for a full Outfit Hire or Purchase are:


  • Waist size (a tight measurement around the navel)
  • Shoe size (Either European or U.K sizing)
  • Collar size – if required (only available as a purchase item)
  • Overall height (Please note your proper height is the most important measurement to have exact)
  • Sleeve length – jackets can be short, regular, long and extra long. Use previous experiences when purchasing jackets to judge your sleeve length. We will be able to help with this if you are able to give your exact height.


  • Sock colour (cream, black or charcoal)
  • Tartan choice
  • Jacket style choice
  • Cream or black dress sporran or casual daywear sporran
  • Belt and buckle - if required (not advised when wearing a waistcoat)
  • Type of neck wear – Bow Tie, Straight Tie or Ruche Tie (specify tie colour)