Kilt , Farquharson tartan, Goslar Railway station

5-yard wool kilt, Farquharson tartan. Railway station, Goslar, Germany.  

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 should be an obstacle. Due to conventions or dress code. Accordingly, the kilt must, like shorts, primarily be something for your spare time. Here, however, you have free rein; provided, you have your spouse’s support.

If so, you have 52 weekends a year, making 104 possible days. Add to this holidays and other day’s off and you have a potential exceeding one third of a year. Just because you consider your kilt a casual-first thing and not an event-dependent phenomenon, like will most kilt wearing Scots.
If you, like me, live about 56 degrees north - same as Edinburgh - you’ll in spring and summer have these fantastic light summer nights making it possible to wear your kilt for hours in daylight before and after job. Out in the open or in town. And on business trips before breakfast and meetings. What is more fascinating than seeing a city waking up?

Want some more suggestions?

You can wear your kilt when taking your dog out, 2-3 times a day, every day year-round. I do. And believe me, your neighbours shall soon be accustomed to seeing you in a kilt and wonder-why anytime you are in trousers.

The DIY market and shopping mall and electronic store and garden center are obvious places to wear a kilt too. And for out and about in landscapes and cityscapes a kilt is the perfect choice.

Kilt Stewart Royal tartan, restaurant

Having a coffee, Pakistani-made 3-yard kilt, Stewart Royal tartan.

Kilt Caledonia tartan

In the street, 5-yard wool kilt, Caledonia tartan.

Thpmpson Camel.

Taking the dog out. A few hundred metres from home. Kilt, Thompson Camel tartan.

Kilt, MacGregor tartan.

Concert hall. 5-yard wool kilt. Gunn Ancient tartan.

Also, when shopping grocery, having a haircut, going to a bookstore, and driving your car to inspection, wearing a kilt is great.

A utility kilt, or a worn-out traditional kilt, replacing jeans or shorts, is what to wear working in the back yard or driving to the recycling center.

On vacation in a kilt

When on vacation, long or short, whether in your own country or abroad, bring one or two kilts with you; and wear them. At the breakfast restaurant, when going sightseeing, visiting museums or art galleries, having lunch and dinner, they are perfect.

Colquhoun in N.Y.

Kilted on Manhattan, New York City.


5-yard Kilt. Gunn Ancient Tartan, Hälsingborg, Sweden.

Kilt, Stewart Royal tartan, Copenhagen.

3-yard kilt, Stewart Royal tartan, Copenhagen.

Kilt, Campbell Ancient tartan, Tokyo.

5-yard kilt, Campbell Ancient tartan, Tokyo.

Kilt, Colquhoun.

5-yard Kilt. Colquhoun tartan. At the Danish North See coast. A German Bunker from World War II

Kilt, Holyrood.

5-yard Kilt. Holyrood tartan, Rome.

Kilt, Hamilton tartan, Viemna.

4-yard Kilt. Hamilton tartan, Museum Quarter, Vienna.

Kilt, MacGregor tartan, Amsterdam.

5-yard Kilt. MacGregor tartan, Amsterdam.

By the way, have you noticed that above mentioned situations really are, with a few exceptions, all about casual and smart casual wear, where an affordable kilt and a few accessories shall more than do? Where a 5-yard medium or light weight kilt shall feel much better than an 8-yard “tank”?

Also, when travelling by flight, lightweight kilts are, for obvious reasons, to prefer over heavy and bulky ones.

The next pages are dealing with utility kilts and skirts. Should you consider them interesting, just go on to the next page.
Otherwise, drop them and continue with the gallery pages.

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man skirt

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.

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?

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?


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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