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Kilt definitions

To Scotsmen and very many kilt wearers the kilt is a kilt, and not a skirt, and it is a man's garment only. Women do not wear kilts, but kilted skirts. Calling the kilt a skirt is accordingly considered an almost unforgivable insult.

But should you feel insulted when someone says you are wearing a skirt, or asks you why you are wearing a skirt?
It must depend on how it is said or asked. By far not all calling your kilt a skirt or even a dress have a wish to insult you. Many, not being in a Scottish context, simply don't have the noun kilt on the tip of their tongue.

"Nice skirt!" or "nice dress!" might therefore very well be a praise. And you should react accordingly.

Please, don't feel insulted, but afterall the kilt is a skirt, even if a very special one. And women do wear kilts, only their's most often are looking pretty much different. And whatever your kilt is called you are no less man wearing it!

Have a look at the definitions below.

1. a traditional Scottish garment, usually worn by men, having roughly the same morphology as a wrap-around skirt, with overlapping front aprons and pleated around the sides and back, and usually made of twill woven worsted wool with a tartan pattern.
2. (historical) Any Scottish garment from which the above lies in a direct line of descent, such as the philibeg and the great kilt or belted plaid.
3. a plaid, pleated school uniform skirt sometimes structured as a wrap around, sometimes pleated throughout the entire circumference

American Heritage Dictionary/

A knee-length skirt with deep pleats, usually of a tartan wool, worn as part of the dress for men in the Scottish Highlands.
A similar skirt worn by women, girls, and boys.

Cambridge Dictionaries Online

A skirt with many folds, made from tartan cloth and traditionally worn by Scottish men and boys.


A skirt, usually of tartan cloth worn by men in Scotland, and also by women.

1. a pleated kneelength tartan skirt worn by Scotsmen in the Highlands or in some military regiments.
2. a skirt modeled on this for women and girls.

Any short pleated skirt, especially a tartan wraparound, as that worn by men in the Scottish Highlands,


1. A knee-length pleated skirt usually of tartan worn by men in Scotland and by Scottish regiments in the British armies.
2. A garment that resembles the Scottish kilt.

Oxford Dictionaries

A knee-length skirt of pleated tartan cloth, traditionally worn by men as part of Scottish Highland dress and now also worn by women and girls.

Kilt and kilted skirt from O'Neil of Dublin.

Her and his kilt or skirt. BlackWatch tartan. Kilt and kilted skirt from O'Neil of Dublin.

The free Dictionary

1. A knee-length skirt with deep pleats, usually of a tartan wool, worn as part of the dress for men in the Scottish Highlands
2. A similar skirt worn by women, girls, and boys.


A knee-length pleated tartan skirt worn by men as part of the traditional dress in the Highlands of northern Scotland.
A skirt - a garment hanging from the waist; worn mainly by girls and women.

Urban Dictionary

1. A knee-length wrap skirt with vertical knife pleats on the sides and back made from a tartan woolen cloth and traditionally worn by men of the Scottish Highlands. (Traditional usage)
2. A skirt similar to the traditional Scottish kilt, and may have differing properties such as a solid color, non-tartan patterns, having pleats all around, or varying overall lengths. Generally associated with being worn by men and boys, but is sometimes worn by women and girls. (More common usage)
3. Any other type of skirt sold as a kilt, or a skirt worn by men. (Most liberal interpretation)

Webster's New World College Dictionary

A pleated skirt reaching to the knees, esp., the tartan skirt worn sometimes by men of the Scottish Highlands.

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. And you should put emphasize on a manly appearance. The objective of the Dress2Kilt site is making you wear a kilt whenever YOU feel like it and appropriate. Therefore Casual 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.

The traditional kilt

Is the kilt a skirt? What makes a kilt? Fabric, yardage, pleating, tartans. Made in Scotland or imported? Made to measure or off the peg? How much can it cost?

How and where to buy a kilt?

What type of kilt? Casual or smart casual? VAT and taxes? How to get sizes right? Let's imagine we order a kilt.


Which ones make sense, which are you better without? Don't get ripped off when buying accessories.


Kilt on and out you go. You have kilt and accessories. How to get dressed correctly? Something to mind when out and about?

Non-traditional kilts

It doesn't stop with the traditional kilt. You can have solid coloured, otherwise traditional kilts, tweed kilts, and utility kilts in various designs.

How about a skirt?

Can a man wear a skirt and still appear manly? Men do wear skirts, for example sarongs, and skirts made for men are to buy. Some men, without any intention of looking femme, will even wear skirts designed for women.


Kilts in 30 different tartans, solid coloured kilts, utility kilts, and a few skirts.


Probably the most comprehensive kilt links page on the internet.

What's new?

Changes to the Dress2Kilt site.

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The traditional kilt

Wie wär's mit einem Kilt?

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