Pay attention

To mind


All your life you have been wearing trousers. You just do it without much consideration, if any. But with an "open" garment like a kilt it is different, quite different. The way it looks, and the way it feels. When you start wearing it out and about you might therefore feel kind of vulnerable and afraid of doing something wrong. And yes, there are a few things which need your attention. And some others you might fear without reason.

What if I do something wrong?

Here we talk casual wear, not national dress. Accordingly you can and should forget about most and often rigid rules, apart from a general proper appearance. 
And honestly, how likely is it that you shall ever meet an “expert”? And should you, how likely do you think it is, that this person should be impolite enough to blame you?    


No doubt, your biggest concern is the risk of exposing yourself. Below different situations are described and the degree of danger is illustrated by traffic sign colours.


Staircases and escalators

Probably this is what you might fear the most. But don’t worry too much. An exposure would require a staircase being as steep as ladder - and that someone was climbing up directly under you – or a nasty person with a selfie stick. Also, in most situations there shall probably be a deep shadow under your kilt.

Staircases and kilt

Not even Photoshop should be of any help here.

Windy days

It does take more than a little breeze to really lift your kilt, but the wind should not be totally neglected. On your front the sporran will in practically all situations give you the needed protection. The back of your kilt is more problematic. Holding your hands discretely as far down your sides as possible will prevent it from being around your ears, but a strong wind might nevertheless make it go up. In most cases, however, it is just a question of a second or two before it is safe down again, hardly enough for anybody to really recognize what is under your kilt. And should somebody have a look to black briefs or the like, it is not that big deal after all.
If not wearing any? Well, humiliating and embarrassing, of course, but in liberal Western European countries, and if you obviously are not deliberately exposing yourself, hardly anyone should be too much shocked. After all, it is a kilt, isn't it? Point.
A shoulder bag (photo bag, computer bag or messenger bag) can be helpful when really windy. Make the strap as long as possible and have the bag cover the back of your kilt as far as it goes.

By the way, how often have you seen what woman are wearing under their often very short skirts? Don’t be too concerned about wind.
Living in a country where most days are windy I can say that wind is a minor problem. But your kilt can go up. Also more than shown in this picture. Just be a little careful.


On a windy day

Well, take a little care.


Sitting and sitting down

One of the advantages wearing trousers is that you can sit and sit down without taking any care. With a skirted garment it is not that simple.
Women seem per instinct to know how to sit in a skirt – even if they are seldom wearing one. With a kilt it is the same, but we men don’t have the instinct feeling of how to do. 
When you sit down, smooth the pleats of the kilt beneath you to prevent it from twinkling but foremost to secure that you are sitting on the fabric, not directly on the chair.

When sitting, keep at all times your legs together; you should never spread them. If you do, make sure the apron of your kilt is between your legs.
Sitting with crossed legs is possible, but then better cross your ankles than your thighs. Especially when changing position pay a little bit attention.
Come in mind that people might be focused on your legs (in restaurants, on benches in parks etc.). Because of your kilt.



By far the most dangerous situations

Picking up something

You have dropped something which you'll pick up or you are going to tie your shoelaces or you are about to take a product from the lowest shelf in the super market: ALWAYS bend your knees and keep your back straight. Never ever just bend over!


Never bend over.

Never bend over when in a kilt!

Leaning forward

You have seen something interesting, could be in the water when you are standing on a bridge, or you are looking down from a tower. Never lean forward when in a kilt.

Never bend over.

Never lean forward when in a kilt!

Keep in mind; red spots are only available and helpful on your computer. In nature and in the city you are on your own!

People with selfie sticks

Earlier kilted soldiers could be checked for forbidden underwear by means of a mirror on a stick. Today it is possible with a smart phone on a selfie stick. Or just the phone. The problem is real. "Upskirting", as it is called, has since 2010 been illegal in Scotland and so it is or is about to be in other countries as well.

Well, in these Corona times, it is pretty unlikely. But normal life shall come back. Now, should some pervert be able to take a picture of you from below, the picture should most likely be bad due to lack of light. And your face could not possible be in the same picture.

Mind people with selfie sticks.

Self-confidence matters

Self-confidence is extremely important. If you don't have it, build it up; make a plan for when and where and for how long to be out in public the first time. And stick to it. In public could be defined as being in the open, on a not too deserted place, or in a neighbour city. In the streets, in museums, at restaurants, in shops, and in public transportation.
Regarding duration, make it hours, not just a few minutes from leaving your car till being back. And be prepared to answer, if being asked questions or when meeting someone who knows you.

Soon you’ll get accustomed to being kilted. Some people shall give you a second glance. Not because they do no like your kilt, but because it is different. After a few hours you probably should not want to wear pants again. Here you must be man enough, however. You cannot wear a kilt all the time.
But be aware that a never-ending addiction might have just started.

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Let’s be realistic; most likely, you cannot wear a kilt 24/7, even if you should want to. Probably your job is an obstacle. Due to conventions or dress code. But you have 52 weekends a year plus vacations and other holydays...

What to find on the Dress2kilt site


How about a kilt?

Have you ever been thinking of wearing a kilt, but have given up, because you were not Scottish? You must not be Scottish. You can be 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 kilt causal-first.


Men and kilts

Who will wear a kilt? Don’t I have to be Scottish? Why wear a kilt? Where and when to wear it? What’s the difference between being Scottish and not? What shall other people say? Is it true? How did the webmaster start wearing kilts? These and many more questions are answered.


Kilt definitions

Is the kilt a skirt? Scotsmen will say NO. To them and very many kilt wearers the kilt is a kilt, and not a skirt. And exclusively a man's garment. Calling the kilt a skirt is accordingly considered an almost unforgivable insult. But is it nevertheless a skirt?


Kilt and tartans

What makes a kilt? How much fabric? Are 8 yards of fabric a must? Or will less do? How about tartans? How is a kilt constructed? Straps and buckles, fell, rise, pleats, length, drop. Are you allowed to wear a clan tartan, if you have no connection to it?


Which kilt?

Purists will say that 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 that’s a bad advice, at least unconsidered. Read why. And get suggestions for where to find which kilt.


How to buy a kilt?

The buying process itself is quite simple and almost the same by all vendors. But what might look a bit complicated, is getting size and measures right. Especially the length. It isn't difficult at all. Read on, and you'll know how to do.



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 not even for dress-up events.


Get dressed

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


To mind

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



Let’s be realistic; most likely, you cannot wear a kilt 24/7, even if you should want to. Probably your job is an obstacle. Due to conventions or dress code. But you have 52 weekends a year plus vacations and other holydays...


Non-traditional kilts

Not all men, tired of always wearing trousers, are finding the traditional kilt the best skirted garment. They might prefer a garment less Scottish and with fewer rules to follow. Or they simply consider non-traditional kilts an addition.


Man skirts

Could you as a man wear a skirt? Instead of a kilt or on some days kilt, on others a skirt? Well, the existence of utility kilts with their non-defined designs are part of the answer, so YES, you can. Skirts on men make sense. And skirts for men are to have.


Manly (enough) skirts

Skirts designed for women, but manly enough for men to wear. Could you, by still maintaining a manly appearance wear a skirt from the women's section? Well, it depends. But let's see.


Closing remarks

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, a skirt designed for men, a unisex skirt or one simply looking manly enough to also be worn by men.



Kilts in 31 different tartans, listed alphabetically, plus solid-coloured kilts, utility kilts, man skirts, 'manly' skirts, and pages with a mix of kilts and different skirts - The Braveheart Way'. Altogether more than 50 pages and over 900 pictures. With the only purpose to convince YOU to wear a kilt - or another skirted garment - on a regular basis, without you having a special reason.


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.


Links #2

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


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 cat walk.


What's new?

At a glance, find out what is new, has been changed or has been deleted on the D2K site since your last visit.


Reflections in a kilt

A blog outside the website