USA Kilts Casual, American Heritage tartan

Buy a moderate priced kilt

£100-300



Some established Scottish and American kiltmakers know that affordable kilts are the condition for having men start wearing kilts, especially those having no Scottish roots. What 'affordable' then means is another question, of course. I think up to £300 for a good kilt, but certainly prefer to pay less, or have the possibility. They will sometimes position them casual kilts, probably for not cannibalizing their more expensive ranges of kilts. The fabric often is high quality PV, but within this price category you can have 5-yard wool kilts too, which you can also wear to La Scala or The Met.


Kilts in this category are way more expensive than their Pakistani competitors. But are they better? They are. Are they worth the price difference? I'd say YES, even if I think 'established' kiltmakers and vendors should take care not to make the price gap bigger. Until recently (April 2022) you could have a Scottish made 5-yard kilt for about £135 (Clan). Now the cheapest one seems to be a 2-yard kilt, costing £35 more and it is ready-made (Highland Store)

As a metaphor I could use the car market. The mid-price kilts made in Scotland or USA are Mercedes-Benz C Class; their more expensive siblings being E or S Class. The Pakistani kilts are just cars, which can be fine cars, but Mercedes-Benz they are not. However, if Mercedes-Benz one day by comparison should have become too expensive, quite a few, otherwise loyal or potential Mercedes-Benz customers, might start looking for a Volkswagen - and find it above all expectation.

Scotland


Most of my kilts are within this category and from Heritage of Scotland.
Heritage of Scotland used to make custom 5-yard wool kilts, sewn in Scotland, and sold under the John Morrison brand. They really gave value for money. For years they were to order from £151, and rather often with a 15% discount. Some tartans would add to the price, very many not, and you always had the choice of tartan weight and mill. They could be wool from Marton Mills, Strathmore, Lochcarron, House of Edgar, or fine PV from Marton Mills. In 2014 I bought my last kilt from them.
After that they increased their so called 'from' prices to £180 and after some time again to £200 or more, and now hardly a tartan was to have without paying extra. Around 2018, perhaps earlier, they were, no wonder, out of custom kilt business.
A good example of how to price yourself out of a market, at least seen from outside. But I really miss their John Morrison kilts.

Having no personal experience, really, my recommendations, regarding Scottish kilt vendors, therefore, is based upon what I have heard and read from other kilt wearers.

Earlier, CLAN should have been my 1st and probably only choice within this category. However, despite their no doubt very high quality, their kilts have become less competive, since overnight their inclusive-VAT-prices seem to having become exclusive-VAT-prices or even exceeding that.

Accordingly, I think of mentioning all vendors, I know of, selling Scottish-made kilts under £300; after all only a handful come in question; all others are only offering more expensive kilts.

CLAN by Scotweb £174 is the price for their Essential Scotweb Casual kilt including 20% British VAT. It is a five-yard kilt, which for casual wear is better than 8-yard kilts – to my opinion. You can have it any waist size and length you want. And the British made PV-fabric is of high quality. It comes in no less than 70 tartans. No doubt, this is a very good kilt, and probably still the one I should go for as my first kilt, if not the USA Kilts Casual, mentioned later.
According to CLAN it is “ideal for more casual occasions or for sporting events”.

At a higher price, £231, you can also have a Clan Scotweb Casual kilt in pure new wool, thereby extending the usage area, direction formal wear.

Just below £300 they offer a 7-yard traditional kilt.

With CLAN free freight, also to Europe, is a possibility and worth taking into consideration when comparing prices.


Other suppliers of below £300 kilts
Donaldsons of Scotland has a Men's casual kilt.

Highland Store has a 5-yard kilt below £300, and a 2-yard ready-made kilt in pure new wool. It is to have in two tartans and solid black. They have a store in London where you can try them on and buy them, 66 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3BN, open seven days a week.
Two yards are not much for a kilt, but I have tried one on, and it looked good. I regret that I didn't buy it. By then, in 2011, the price was less than half of what it is today.

With House of Tartans you can have a 4-yard washable 4x4 Sportskilt in PV with slide pockets. 4x4 refers to its ruggedness. Looks quite interesting.
No doubt, House of Tartans should benefit from a modern designed website with better product presentations.

Kilts4Less, 5-yard kilts from £200 after price-offs.

The Scotland Kilt Company has a very well-designed homepage. Besides their imported cheap kilts, which they call casual, they also offer traditional kilts made in Scotland.
Their 5-yard traditional kilts are to have in several qualities, starting at £220. Customer satisfactory is very high, according to Trustpilot.




USA

High shipment costs and custom duties make American vendors non-competitive for European kilt buyers, with a few exceptions.

USA Kilts
USA Kilts is a family company, owned and driven by Rocky and his wife together with dedicated employees.

The USA Kilts Casual is a 4-yard kilt, made to your measures. The price is $120 for adults. Europeans must pay customs duty etc. on top. The fabric is British made fine PV and the sewing quality is excellent. Delivered at your doorstep it shall, depending on the exact shipment cost, be almost the same as the equivalent 5-yard CLAN Essential Scotweb Casual Kilt, described above, or just a little bit more expensive.

It is a very rugged kilt and washable, which is a fine thing. Being closed by means of Velcro instead of straps and buckles it has no metal parts, making it the perfect choice when you must pass through airport security. I have been wearing my USA Kilts Casual onboard several airplanes.

CLAN Essential Scotweb Casual or USA kilts Casual?
It is a very close run. On the paper the Clan kilt might give you more value for money, and you can have it in six weeks, whereas USA Kilts need 13 weeks to make you a kilt. At airports the American wins. Should the fabric be the same on the two kilts, which might be the case, I suppose leather straps on the Clan kilt shall make it less washable than the Velcro closed USA Kilt?

If you are living in the USA and have no customs duty, high shipment cost, VAT, and custom clearance fee to pay on top, don't look any further. This no-nonsense USA Kilts Casual is THE kilt to go for. Buy one, two, three, five of them. Not because you wear them out, but for sheer variety.
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USA Kilts Casual

USA Kilts Casual, American Heritage tartan. Costa del Sol, Spain.


By the way, USA Kilts really do something to promote kilt wearing. Just one example are YouTube videos, where the owner, Rocky, gives good advice, wearing a kilt himself. It should be a natural thing; it not always is.




Sport Kilt - a kilt of its own

American Sport Kilt makes lightweight kilts for men, women, and children.

The Sport Kilt Original is only 8 oz. And the fabric looks and feels like cotton.
The price is $79.50 for the basic kilt in size Large. But then you can add a lot of features, like sewn down pleats (you should). Everything you will add to the basic product shall cost you. The sewn-down-pleats make the price go up to $93.50. The standard length is 22.5” but you can have it shorter or longer.

I have a Sport Kilt. Mine is with sewn down pleats, invisible deep slide pockets (which should certainly be standard with all kilts in 2022 and they shall cost you $24 extra), fringes, and belt loops. The thin fabric makes it a dream to wear under Southern European sun. If you can live without fringes and belt loops, you are at $117.50. This is as much as the USA Kilts Casual, which has no pockets, but belt loops and is much more of a kilt.

Sport Kilt

Ultra lightweight Sport Kilt. It comes as standard in a lot of different tartans. When ordering you can upgrade it to have sewn-down pleats, belt loops, and slide pockets, fringes, and straps and buckles. Loch Ness tartan, Split, Croatia.



Like the USA Kilts Casual the Sport Kilt is closed by Velcro. But you can have straps and buckles should you want to. 70 tartans are to choose.

For informal occasions where you might otherwise feel comfortable in shorts, the Sport Kilt Original is great – provided you don’t expect it to be a traditional kilt. It is not. It’s an unpretentious kilted garment of its own and for the mentioned purposes I can highly recommend it, even if freight and taxes shall more than double the price when sent to Europe.







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Buy a premium priced kilt - £300+


You'll hardly get an 8-yard kilt in pure new wool for under £300 or the equivalent. It shall be much easier to find one costing twice or three times as much.
Not all premium priced kilts are sewn in Scotland. Examples are USA, Canada, England, France, and Austria.


What to find on the Dress2kilt site





Kilt, Gunn Ancient tartan, Gilleleje, Denmark, with a view to Sweden.

How about a kilt?

Have you ever been thinking of wearing a kilt, but have given up, because you were not Scottish? But you must not be Scottish. You can be of any nationality, any colour, and any belief. Only you must be man enough. The objective of the Dress2Kilt site is making you wear a kilt whenever YOU feel like it and appropriate. Without needing a special event. It is about causal-first kilt wearing.


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Men and kilts

Who will wear a kilt? Why wearing a kilt? Where and when to wear it? What’s the difference between being Scottish and not, related to kilt wearing? What about surroundings? Is it true? These and many more questions are answered here.


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Webmaster's kilt story

How come that the webmaster started wearing kilts? When was it? How was it, wearing a kilt for the first time? How were reactions from his wife, his family, neighbours, and other people?


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You in a kilt?

When seeing you in a kilt, what should people say? And especially your significant other? And the ‘Kilt Police’? Shall people think you are Scottish? How about prejudices? Should you tell people you know that you have started wearing kilts or are about to do it? How do you tell them? What should your reasons be? See answers to these and many other questions here?


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What makes a kilt?

Are 8 yards of fabric a must? Or will less do? How is a kilt constructed? Learn about straps and buckles, fell, rise, pleats, length, drop.


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Is the kilt a skirt?

Scotsmen will say NO. To them and very many kilt wearers the kilt is a kilt, not a skirt. It is a garment of its very own, they say, and exclusively for men.
Calling the kilt a skirt is accordingly considered an almost unforgivable insult. But is it nevertheless a skirt?



Buy a kilt and accessorize it



Kilt

Must a kilt be expensive?

Yes, purists will say, because no less than a 16 oz. 8-yard wool kilt, sewn by hand by a skilled kilt maker in Scotland or equivalent place will do. But are they right? Read why they are probably not.


Kilt

Get the measures right

Buying your first kilt is something quite unusual. Most likely you shall buy it online, and often it shall be made to your measures. Buying a kilt is not difficult, however, and with a kilt there is some give and take. Read on, and you'll know how to make it right.


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Something to pay on top?

Details might only be of interest to EU-citizens.
What you have to pay for your kilt might not be, what you saw on the price label. And it is not only a question of shipping cost. Read about customs, VAT, and customs clearance fees when ordering your kilt in a 3rd country.



Pakistani kilt

A cheap kilt

Probably most kilts today are not sewn in Scotland, but in Pakistan. In common these "imported" kilts have that they are affordable. Some shall give you real value for your money, others little - or worse - no value. Read about where to find good, nevertheless cheap kilts.


USA Lilts Casual

A moderate priced kilt

Some established Scottish and American kiltmakers know that affordable kilts are the condition for having men start wearing kilts, especially those having no Scottish roots. They therefore offer some very good kilts which they will position as casual kilts, probably for not hurting the rest of their business. For casual wear they might be all you need. Pay under £300 and get a fine 5-yard kilt in pure new wool, which you can also wear in La Scala or the Met.


Kilt

A premium priced kilt

You'll hardly get an 8-yard kilt in pure new wool for under £300 or the equivalent. It shall be much easier to find one costing twice or three times as much. Not all premium priced kilts are sewn in Scotland. Examples are USA, Canada, England, France, and Austria.


Kilt accessories

Kilt accessories

Don't get ripped off on things you don't need. Find out, which accessories are must-haves, which are nice to have, and which you shouldn't consider at all for casual and smart casual wear, and some not even for dress-up events.




Utility kilt

A utility kilt

Utilty kilts have existed since 2000. Judged from the number of vendors who are offering them, the market for these kilts must be big. They come in very many different designs, some better than others.


Non-tartan kilt

Other kilt variants

Kilts can also be solid coloured, or come in a camouflage pattern. They can be made of tweed, denim, or leather. They can be traditional in style, or their design can deviate to the extent where they become utility kilts - or skirts.



Wear a kilt



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Kilt on!

Let’s assume you have just received and unpacked your first kilt, and the accessories you ordered. How to handle and wear all the unfamiliar things, the sporran, the belt, the socks, the flashes etc.?
What else to wear with your kilt?


Kilt

To mind when in a kilt

Now being ready for taking your kilt out into public for the first time, is there anything you should mind? Something to worry about or calling for your attention? After all a kilt is something very different, just the way it looks and especially, how it feels, wearing it.


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24/7/365 in a kilt

Now being ready for taking your kilt out into public for the first time, is there anything you should mind? Something to worry about or calling for your attention? After all a kilt is something very different, just the way it looks and especially, how it feels, wearing it.



Skirts and closing remarks



Man skirts

Man skirts

Could you as a man wear a skirt? Well, the existence of utility kilts with their non-defined designs is part of the answer. You can. Skirts on men make sense and dedicated man skirts are on the market, even if very rare. Another possibility is having a skirt designed and made for you, making it a man skirt.


Woman's skirt worn by a man

Simply skirts

Is it possible, emphasizing a manly appearance, to wear a skirt intended for women? It very much depends on the avalability of appropriate skirts. Looking at women's fashion these years, skirts tend to be increasingly feminine, too feminine for a man to wear, or they are simply replaced by dresses. Another important thing, of course, would you?


Skirt

Closing remarks

Thank you for having visited this site. Hopefully it has contributed to bring you an important step further. Now show to the world that you are man enough to pull that 'skirt', whether a traditional tartan kilt, a solid-coloured kilt, a utility kilt or some other kilt variant, a sarong, a skirt designed for men, a unisex skirt or one simply looking manly enough to also be worn by you.



Galleries



Galleries

Galleries Main Page

Links to gallery pages showing traditional kilts, solid-coloured kilts, utility kilts, man skirts, simply skirts, and pages with a mix of kilts and different skirts - 'the Braveheart way'.


Tartan kilts

Tartan kilts

Choosing a tartan can be difficult with, in principle, more than 4,000 available. In praxis they are much fewer, however, but still, it shall take you. Hundreds of kilt pictures on 32 pages, listed alphabetically and one page per tartan, might give you some indication of where to go.


Non-tartan kilts

Traditional non-tartan kilts

A traditonal kilt must not have tartans. Solid coloured kilts are becoming more and more popular. Most often they are black, but also other colours are a possibility. Three gallery pages.


Galleries

Utility kilts

If you have no Scottish roots or just want a kilt less connected with tradition and rules you might prefer a utility kilt over a traditional kilt. Or you might consider a utility kilt just an addition to your other kilts.
On seven pages you'll find slide shows featuring different utility kilts. One page for each kilt.


Skirts

Skirts

If not too keen on a kilt, or for just more variety, a skirt might be a possibility. On for example a hot summer day an appropriate skirt, to be worn instead of shorts, could even make more sense than a heavy kilt.
On five gallery pages you’ll find examples of custom-made skirts, man skirts, and simply skirts, being maybe manly enough.


The Braveheart way

The Braveheart Way

The Braveheart Way is about MEN being brave enough to include skirted garments in their wardrobe, and who dare wear them out in public, On two gallery pages kilts and skirts are mixed together with the purpose of helping you find YOUR Braveheart way, with or without a mix.



Links



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Links #1

Vendors of traditional kilts, from cheap, typically imported Pakistani kilts, whether off-the-peg or custom-made, to more expensive kilts, sewn to-your-measures in Europe or in America.
Vendors of accessories.
Tartan-mills and tartan-finders.


Kilt

Links #2

Vendors of utility kilts, sarongs, man skirts, unisex skirts, "manly" skirts, and some shorts.


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Links #3

Kilt and skirt forums, non-commercial home pages, blogs, picture galleries, videos, articles in print media and on the internet, men in kilts and skirts on stage and on the catwalk.



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