As we know, kilts can be relatively expensive. For those of us on a budget, selecting a kilt from a range of cheap kilts can be quite challenging, as we ideally want a kilt that is high quality, but doesn’t break the bank. Therefore, we have decided to recommend various cheap kilts to help you on your way to making a purchase. Also, do read our guide on the kilts to avoid!
Recommended Cheap Kilts
Before you buy a Cheap Kilt…
We have certainly not selected the “cheapest” available kilt. It is important to have some level of quality when buying a kilt, and so our recommendations reflect that. We asked ourselves the question, what are people looking for when they type “cheap kilts” into their Google search engine. We almost wanted to become the visitor to our website. Are they just trying to buy a cheaply made kilt to be used as a one off? If this is you, we would recommend a website such as Amazon for this. But, if you are looking for a cheap authentic kilt that will last for many years, then hopefully the recommendations above help with that.
But beware! The market has been flooded with a range of truly terrible kilts, that are sold as “hand made in Scotland” by kiltmakers when this is not the case. They claim to offer genuine high quality kilts for rock bottom prices. These dealers are damaging the kilt industry, and are muddying the name of the industry in the process.
If the quality of these kilts are so bad, then why is there a market for cheap kilts? It comes down to a lack of education. Many of you will not be aware of what a real authentic Scottish kilt looks like, which means these dealers can take advantage of this lack of knowledge by passing off fake products as real kilts.
It is important for you to know that a real Scottish kilt is made to measure. If you have not been asked to put your measurements into a website, or asked your measurements when you visit a high street store, you will know the product you are getting is not real. A kilt is also hand sewn by a professional kilt maker, and there is normally no machinery used in the process.
Also, if you are able to get a kilt within 3 days, then again, its probably an “off the shelf” product that has been pre-made without taking your measurements into account.
We’d also recommend you take a look at the material that the kilt is made of. Real Scottish or Irish kilts are made of wool, or more accurately known as “worsted wool”, which is woven on Scottish looms. This material is incredibly durable and will last you a long time. Fake kilts are often made of polyviscose material, which is cheap and nasty.
A kilt also normally has 8 yards of wool. You can imagine how much time and effort would be required to make a kilt of this length with no machinery.
You should also be wary of flashy, high quality looking websites that say that the kilts are made on the company’s premises. Often, this is not the case. This is also true with many high street kilt makers, who may take your measurements, but then outsource the work to make the kilt to a real kiltmaker. There are many freelance kilt makers who often produce incredible work.
What Price Should I Pay For A Cheap Kilt That is Real?
Taking into account that an authentic kilt is:
- Made to measure
- Made of worsted wool woven on Scottish looms
- Hand made instead of machine made
- Produced in Scotland instead of in Asia
You can expect to pay anwhere from £450-950 for a cheap authentic kilt. We will do our best to update our recommendations to ensure you are getting value for money, aswell as a quality product.