Colquhoun tartan, German WW2 bunker at the North Sea

5-yard wool kilt, Colquhoun tartan. German bunker from WW2 at the North Sea.  

To mind when in a kilt

New to kilt wearing

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.


Kilt 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.

Sitting in a kilt
Keep your legs together
kilt, crossed les
Be careful
Kilt, more luck than wisdom
Kilt. Never spread your legs
kilt. Never spread your legs
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.



Picking up something or leaning forward

Never bend over in a kilt. 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. Never ever just bend over!
Never lean forward in a kilt You have seen something interesting down under you, like when standing on a bridge, or you are looking down on the street from a tower. Whatever it is, never lean forward when in a kilt.

Keep in mind; red spots are only available and helpful on your computer.
In the open 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 had been possible with a smart phone on a selfie stick. Or just the phone. The problem is real and to be taken serious. "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.

Now, should some pervert nevertheless be able to take a picture of you from below, the picture should most likely be bad due to lack of light. And, most important, your face could not possible be in the same picture.

Beware of people with a selfie stick .

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.

You must be man enough

Soon you’ll get accustomed to being kilted. Some people shall give you a second glance. Not because they do not like your kilt, but because it is different. After a few hours you probably should not want to ever 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 start the moment you try on a kilt.

Kilt-wearing can be addictive

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kilt 24/7/365

Kilt 24/7/365

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?

The traditionel kilt

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.


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.


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?


You in a kilt?

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?


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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?


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.


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?


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 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.


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.



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 #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 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 catwalk.

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