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How about a kilt?

Have you ever been thinking of wearing a kilt? But have given up, because you were not Scottish? Or you thought it to be too complicated or could think of no place to wear it? Or that it might just be too expensive? You might have to think again. As a matter of fact, these years an increasing number of men all over the world, no matter their nationality, colour, heritage, belief, sexual preferences or whatever will buy and wear a kilt; and not just at events that too seldom occur, but as smart casual daily wear. And so might YOU. No need to be Scottish, just man enough.


Traditional kilt wearing is often regarded complicated with lots of rigid rules. For formal wear situations this might be very true. And most sites about kilts and kilt wearing and often also kilt forums do have their starting point in formal wear.
This site, however, is not about wearing a kilt once or twice every second year for that wedding or that aniversary you are not invited to anyway. It is about replacing jeans, pants, and shorts by a kilt and to wear it where and whenever you feel like it and appropriate. It is casual-first.
This implies kilts to this kind of usage. The same with accessories. You need very few. Even if so many different are to buy.

A few easy steps to go through and you can be out and about in a kilt, without being ripped off. And really be out and about, not just thinking about wearing it. This site is about kilt wearing made simple and straight forward. Casual-first. The non-Scottish approach to kilt wearing, you may say.

Thompson camel tartan

3 yard edonomy kilt. Thompson Camel tartan.

The more we are, the better

Main focus is of course the traditional tartan kilt. But for some tasks a so-called utility kilt might be a better choice. And why should a kilt be the only skirted garment a man can wear? In fact skirts designed for men are to buy. And even a skirt made for women might be acceptable.

So, despite this is a kilt site, other skirted garments are also dealt with. The more we are who will wear a kilt – or, in a strictly manly way, other kinds of skirted garments - and the more often we'll do it, the better and sooner it shall be accepted to the full that pants are not the only possible legwear for a man.

Kilts and skirts

Not just the traditional kilt.

The Braveheart way

The Dress2kilt site so to speak follows the thoughts of a Californian lawyer, known as WDP/Braveheart, who at the beginning of this century introduced the MUG concept - Manly Unbifurcated Garments, meaning kilts, kilt variations (utility kilts), man skirts, and other male unbifurcated garments (sarongs and "manly" skirts).

Men wearing them he called Bravehearts, in opposition to Freestylers, these being men having no interest in appearing manly, or being men at all, and who will accordingly often or always wear and prefer every female garment over men’s clothes and shoes.

That there are men who prefer looking like women or feel and wish to be women, we all know and should deeply respect. Only, here on this site it is about men in general, who might just want to wear a kilt (or another skirted garment). 'Men in general' is the most neutral description I have been able to come up with, in the hope of not insulting any persons or gruups of persons, because this really has not been my intention. 'Normal' men could have been misunderstood, 'ordinary' men might be connected with really average men in a negative sense, and 'real' men I don't like. Too much macho. But these days you must be careful with your language.


5 yard made-to-measure kilt, Colquhoun tartan.


YOU are?

The person I have had in my mind when making this home page is, like me, a European without Scottish roots. But in fact you can live everywhere, have any nationality and colour or whatever. Either you have no kilt yet, or you have a kilt which you have not yet dared wear outside, or you think you need a special event to wear it, but should like to wear it more often.


Douglas Green Modern tartan, Düsseldorf.

D2K is a no-nonsense, non-commercial, non-profit website, with nothing to sell or buy. It does not use cookies. It does not request any registration, nor does it collect any data from you, whether tentative or not. Not even a contact formula is here. If you should wish to tell or ask me something, write me an e-mail the good old way. The address is to see at the bottom of each page.

All you can find here is advice, on kilts and kilt wearing; or on some appropriate skirts. And that is for free. Enjoy!


Convince men that wearing a kilt - or another skirted garment a strictly manly way – is a non-event, something they can do whenever they feel like it and appropriate.
And that it neither has to be a science to wear a kilt nor expensive.

In English and German languages

The Dress2Kilt site is in English and German - even if neither language is mother tongue of the webmaster; but hopefully, this is not too disturbing or distracting from the main objective, to inspire more men to wear kilts (and other skirted garments a manly way) more often.

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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.

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