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How to wear a kilt

Are you wearing a kilt for the first time? Intimidated by all of the rules? We’ve put together a guide on how your kilt outfit should look – from head to toe! This could also be helpful if you are looking to hire a kilt from us and would like to know what it entails.


The kilt should be worn around the navel or up to an inch above the navel depending on your preference. The pleats of the kilt at the back and aprons at the front. The kilt should hang down towards the middle of the knee.

Jacket & Waistcoat

We offer a variety of styles – from traditional, formal kilt jackets to more modern tweed jackets that complement a range of tartans. Generally the jacket should be left open to show the buttons on the waistcoat.

Shirt & Tie

Traditional kilt shirts come with a winged collar and should only be worn with a bow tie. Standard shirts are a good alternative when a straight tie is being worn.

Belt & Buckle

Only required when a waistcoat is not being worn, for example, with an Argyll Jacket when wearing a bow tie or straight tie.


Worn around the waist just below the waistcoat (or belt buckle depending on the outfit) with two loops at the back of the kilt to put the chain strap through. Dress sporrans are more formal and semi-dress sporrans more casual

Kilt Hose (Socks) and Flashes

These are long socks which should be worn just below the bottom of the knee (approx 2 inches). The socks should be folded down at the top, this will hide the garter for the flashes and also show the decoration on the sock. Available in tartan to match the kilt or solid colours. The flashes should be worn on the outside of the calves and the garter should be hidden under the fold of the sock.

Ghillie Brogues

These kilt shoes have long laces and no tongue. There are many different ways to tie the laces but we advise that you hold the laces together and twist 5-6 times then wrap the laces round the back of the leg and back round the front. Tie a knot and leave the tassels dangling at the front.

Plaid and Brooch

Generally worn by grooms, the plaid is worn over the left shoulder and should be the same tartan, and ordered with your kilt to ensure consistency. Your brooch is both worn for decoration and to pin your plaid to your kilt jacket.