Where to buy my first kilt? What kilt? What about sizes for a kilt? The correcy length of a kilt. What tartan?

YOU MAY ONLY BE A FEW STEPS AWAY FROM BUYING AND WEARING A KILT

HOME   1. MEN AND KILTS   2. HOW TO BUY A KILT   3. ACCESSORIES   4. HOW TO WEAR A KILT

UTILITY KILTS    SKIRTS    PROMOTIONAL   LINKS   GALLERY   WHAT'S NEW?   HOME  

 
 
 
 
 
 

 


Not everyone, tired of always wearing trousers, think the traditional kilt is the best solution, not even if their motives are exactly the same: the feeling of freedom, not possible to obtain with two-legged garments, more variety to an otherwise somewhat boring wardrobe, health aspects and the difference it makes, being just little bit different.

What they go for may be a strictly manly skirted garment being less Scottish, easier to maintain, having pockets, not demanding any specific accessories, and with no strict rules to follow.  

In the market for such garment might also be men, wearing already traditional kilts, but wanting just another option, depending of situation or task to do.


Utility kilts

In 2000 Steven Villegas, founder of Utilikilts in Seattle, launched a modern or contemporary kilt and named it Utilikilt. It soon proved successful on the market place, competitors emerged and the modern or contemporary kilt was a reality. Today these kilts are often referred to as utility kilts.

Utilikilt Original Black

Utilikilt Original Sand


Utility kilts, neither the Utilikilt itself nor its competitors have much resemblance with traditional kilts. They do have pleats in the back and a front apron which, however, is not as wide as on a traditional kilt. But they are solid coloured or camo, and made of cotton or denim instead of wool, and last not least they have big pockets, typically of the cargo type and they are closed in another way.

They go in the washing machine, which is a good thing. With a few exceptions these kilts have blue jeans functions. Nevertheless there are rather many examples on the internet of grooms and best men who at weddings have been wearing Utilikilts. Well, you may also find examples of grooms in shorts.

Despite no tartans and different in design these kilts have also become popular with men of Scottish descent, which to me indicates that to them the kilt as a garment may be more important than heritage. And nothing wrong about that.

Today the Utilikilt has gained almost iconic status. And it has influenced prices. But also the fact that it is made in USA; not in Far East. Today you have to pay 215 dollars for the Utilikilt Spartan, which recently has replaced the Utilikilt Original. Other models are even more expensive. And so are many of the direct competitors.

If you live in an EU-country you must add freight, 12% import tax, VAT plus an import fee and you may be well over 300 Euro.

Utilikilt Mocker Olive - with built-in pockets. Unfortunately The Mocker is no longer available.

Utilikilt Original Olive - with cargo pockets

The first Utilikilt Original I bought. Back in 2003 the colour Postal Blue was still available.

All pictures above show the Original Utilikilt which is no longer available. I prefer that over the new design, but judge for yourself. If the new one sells better, it is better.

 

New competition

The increasing prices among established brands and the fact that a market for this type of kilts exists has opened up for a segment of cheaper utility kilts, typically made in Pakistan and China. They are sold by several kilt shops in America and Scotland. The quality is not on the same level as for example the Utilikilt but certainly not bad. Most of the affordable utility kilts unfortunately only come with a 24" standard drop, where Utilikilts offer three different lengths.

Utility kilt sold by Heritage of Scotland

Price 40

The photo is property of Heritage of Scotland

 

When you buy a low priced utility kilt from a vendor in USA, UK or where ever, you don't know who has manufactured it. Chances are it comes from Expo International, only one, however, of several B2B manufacturers, all of them concentrated in the city of Sialkot in Northern Pakistan. The picture shows one of the Expo International utility kilts, which I'll wear a lot.

 

As much as I like utility kilts, as much would I prefer that they came with less pockets – if any – and that they would have less metal buttons - if any. Probably the intention has been to give the skirted garment a manlier note. But a traditional kilt, which definitely is regarded manly, has none of this kind.
Therefore I liked the Utilikilt Mocker with its inside pockets. But alas, it is no longer available. And it was expensive.

I recently found that the company Scottish Kilt Shop, which offers utility kilts in a lot of different designs and colors, has added a so called Sexy Kilt For Hot Men to their product range. You can think of the description what you mean, but the kilt looks good and then you can order it in any thinkable waist size, hip size, and length!  Add to this that it is most affordable, only $80.

If it lives up to the photo, and the fabric makes it easy to maintain, I really find this kilt interesting.

 

 

 

Jeans functions

Branded utility kilts
Alt.Kilts
 (USA), Freedom kilts  (Canada), Sport Kilt  (USA), and of course Utilikilts ( USA)

Affordable utility kilts:
Heritage of Scotland (UK), Tartanista (UK), Kiltmart (USA), Trinity Kilts (USA), UT-Kilts (USA), and many others.

Business suit function kilts

Other fabrics. Top quality reflected in price. No pockets. You need a sporran and other accessories from the tartan kilt.
 
21st Century Kilts (Edinburgh),  
Paul Henry Kilts 

 


A hybrid

The first Utilikilt, the Original Standard, didn't have a front apron, but was closed, had a zipper on the front, like jeans, and was pleated all way round. So technically it hardly was a kilt at all, but a pleated man skirt or a hybrid, if you like!

The first Utilikilt, the Original Standard, was, according to definitions, hardly a kilt at all, but a man skirt, marketed as a kilt.

However, this Utilikilt was cleverly marketed as a kilt, which might have been the reason why the Utilikilt brand is still on the market. Men wear kilts, not skirts, or do they...?

For some years you had a choice between the Standard (skirt) and The Original (kilt), then the "skirt" was withdrawn from the market.


UTILITY KILTS


CLICK ON A PICTURE TO GO ON

BLOG

 

BLOG

Copyright 2010 - 2016 Greman   Latest revision 29 February 2016