Choosing the right kilt can be a rather difficult undertaking, simply because of the many different kilts for sale, that often make the process a lot harder than it should be. So, we thought we’d recommend five of what we think are the best kilts at the moment.
Kilts for Sale – What Style to Choose?
Traditional 8 Yard Kilt
Woven wool is the traditional material that a kilt is made of. In this day and age however, there are many kilts for sale that are made of lower quality polyviscose material. If you’d like an authentic Scottish kilt made in Scotland, then the traditional 8 yard kilt should be your kilt of choice. Irish kilts are also worth considering, if you have some Irish ancestry.
The 8 Yard Kilt is made to your exact bodily measurements, which makes the kilt well fitted and tailored. The 8 Yard Kilt is made of 16oz wool woven in Scotland, so it is of very high quality. The kilt itself is extremely versatile, as it can easily be worn for formal occasions, aswell as during a festival or gathering for example. It is vitally important you measure the correct measurements of your kilt, as refunds will not be given. If you require help with regards to measuring, be sure to let us know.
The Great Kilt
The Great Kilt was the original way that the kilt was worn in the 16th century. While the “Modern Kilt” is traditionally worn around the waist, and comes down to the knee, the “Great Kilt” is rolled on the floor, wrapped around the waist, and worn over the shoulder. This was the original way that kilts were worn when Scottish warriors went into battle, so wearing the kilt in this style certainly adds authenticity. The “Modern Kilt” is certainly more popular than the “Great Kilt” in terms of the way a kilt is worn at formal occasions such as weddings.
A Tweed kilt is one of the more modern versions of the kilt. Like the 8 Yard Kilt described above, it is worn around the waist and comes down to the knees of the wearer. Many people like the idea of the 8 yard kilt, but aren’t sure of the tartans that often come with these kilts, so opt for a “solid color”. This wool is made in Harris in the Scottish Higlands, and is also more commonly known as “Harris Tweed”. Tweed that is made in Harris has protected status, whereby only tweed weaved and made in Harris can use the name. This is to avoid any cheap foreign imports bearing the “Harris Tweed” name.
It could be said that the Tweed Kilt is more suited to non-formal occasions, as many describe the Tweed Kilt as a fashionable take on the traditional kilt, and is ideal for those of us who want to wear something with heritage and prestige, but also look to be trend setters.
The Tweed Kilt is often made with 5 or 6 yards of material, depending on the measurements of the wearer. Each Tweed kilt is tailored exactly to the measurements of the individual in order to ensure an excellent fit. You can expect a Tweed Kilt to have around 20 pleats, around 1 inch apart, and will also feature buckle closing mechanism to hold the kilt in place. It’s also possible to use a traditional kilt belt with the Tweed Kilt. More often than not, you can complete the look by wearing a Tweed jacket.