Pakistani made-to-measure kilt, Moffat tartan

Buy a cheap kilt

Under £100



A cheap kilt might not mean a bad kilt, not even if its price is considerably under £100 or equivalent! That the quality cannot be the same as you find in a kilt costing five or ten times more, is obvious. But for the purpose it might be good enough, and then often a better choice than an expensive kilt.


Cheap kilts are almost synonymous with Pakistan. In the city of Sialkot in north-eastern Pakistan a lot of enterprises are making and selling kilts to vendors, primarily in Scotland and the US, or they might not only be the manufacturers, but also the vendors, meaning that you as a customer shall be dealing directly with the manufacturer, who might have business addresses in UK, USA and in the European Market, like Germany, France etc.
Within the clothing industry, every added link in the distribution chain means often very high margins, and they must be reflected in consumer price, of course. Every omitted link, however, means a possibility to reduce price, and/or giving the end user better quality for the same money. Thus, quality can be better than what is to expect from a low price.

Especially, since many vendors now offer custom-made kilts, they are interesting. You can choose between 5 and 8 yards; in some cases, also 4, 6, and 7 yards and have the kilt made to your waist size, hip size, fell; and in the length, you order.

Ready-made Pakistani kilts are still a possibility, and they may be delivered within one week. They are standardized 24” long and most of them 8-yard heavyweight kilts. Avoid the cheapest of kilts. They are made to be cheap, which may not include good.

No kilts made in Scotland can be found in the price category up to the equivalent of 100 GBP.

A 5-yard PV kilt made to measure in Pakistan


Kilt & More
Not to be confused with Scottish/German Kilts & More, is an example.
Kilt & More you find in USA (Kilt & More), France (Kilt Homme), and Germany (Schottenrock). The mother company seems to be in Pakistan.
The existence of French and German subsidiaries makes it interesting to EU-citizens, if taxes can thereby be avoided. They can.

Like many other enterprises Kilt & More offer kilts made to your measures and at most affordable prices. Basically, they are 5-yard kilts, but should you prefer the kilt to be an 8-yarder, you just check this possibility and pay about 26€ extra, which is just fair.

Too good to be true? In October 2021 I decided to find out and from their German branch I ordered a 5-yard kilt in Moffat-tartan. I had not seen this tartan before, but I thought it looked good. I filled in my measures, paid via my credit card, and started waiting. I did not have the biggest of expectations. The price was 38€ and shipping 17€, altogether 55€, equalizing £47 or $63.
I wondered whether I had to pay VAT and customs clearance fee on top. If so price should increase by 75%.
Only 22 days later I was advised by German UPS that a parcel was on its way. And the following day it arrived. No additional charges. End price including shipment 55£.

EU-Citizens:
The fact that I did not pay anything on top does not mean that you can be sure, not having to. I have heard from two German customers with Kilt & More, one of them did not, like me, pay any taxes, the other one did. Obviously, we are here in some grey zone. Don't accept to pay customs duty on a cheap kilt. It only applies for goods for which their customs value exceeds 150 €. Sometimes authorities seem to be unaware of the rules or forget about them, when handling packages and shall accordingly charge you for customs duty. Only VAT and declaration fee may apply. In some cases the customs declaration might not have met demands.


First impression
My new kilt came in a plastic bag which, no doubt, had been squeezed on a long journey between other hard and heavy packages. It hardly looked like a kilt. But after 20 minutes ironing with a tea towel between kilt and iron it took form.

I liked the tartan. Measures were as ordered. Sewing quality seemed very good. Pleating was fairly accurate, not perfect, but above average for an “imported” kilt. Also, the fabric felt good, even if a bit stiff.
Would I wear it to the opera house? No. But mainly because I have kilts, better suited for such purposes! For visiting a museum of modern art, it is great.

Could it stand daily use?
I have had this kilt for more than a year by now and I have really given it a try. I might have worn it not just 100 times but 100 days from morning till late. This might be more than most kilts are worn during 10 years. Worn out? Not a bit. The sewing quality has proven to be fine. The fabric has very little tendency to peel. That said, I have not worn a sporran with it. It might need a bit more ironing than a better and more expensive kilt, but not to an extent I should call a problem.

My verdict

For most tasks – casual first – it certainly shall do its job and look great. At a normal distance between people, hardly anyone shall observe the few flaws in pleating, and should they, are all things in their own life perfect? Home, car, clothing or just life?

It is a durable, fine kilt, giving a lot of value for money. Would I order another kilt from Kilt & More? Definitely Yes, and without hesitation or reservations.


Kilt & More Moffat tartan

Some flaws in pleating,...


Kilt & More Moffat tartan

...but from a distance the pleating looks fine.


Kilt & More Moffat tartan

Moffat tartan.


On Links Page #1 you might find several other enterprises offering these most affordable made-to-measure kilts, but I only have experience with Kilt & More.


Vendors of ready-made kilts

Heritage of Scotland and The Scotland Kilt Company

I should have recommended Heritage of Scotland. But alas, I shouldn't be able to find a kilt my size or one coming close. For at least half a year they have only had sizes fitting slim teenage boys or pretty inflated men, no matter the tartan. To me it indicates that the company might be about leaving the kilt market.

I never bought a kilt from The Scotland Kilt Company, but their homepage looks fine and serious. Also, their accessories are looking good and prices seem most reasonable.


Heritage of Scotland readymade kilt, MacLeod of Harris tartan

This 5-yard, approx. 16 oz. ready.made PV kilt I bought back in 2007 from Heritage of Scotland. I still wear it.


Heritage of Scotland readymade kilt, Heritage of Scotland.

Heritage of Scotland Gents Full Deluxe Kilt, 8-yard ready-made, 16 oz. PV.


It might be a good idea to avoid cheapest of kilts.
Week points: Quality of fabric, pleating, sewing quality.
The worst kilt, I have ever bought, was from a British vendor. It was called a Value kilt. It definitely was of no value. After a few wearings it started looking worn, and after a few more it started to literally fall apart.


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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. They therefore offer some very good kilts which they will position as casual kilts,
probably for not cannibalizing their more expensive ranges of kilts. 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 to La Scala or the Met.


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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