It can be a rather challenging task selecting the perfect kilt for your needs. I know when I purchased my first kilt, I was left bamboozled by all the different types of kilts, the tartans – not to mention the accessories that go with it.
The first question you have to ask yourself is what do you need the kilt for? If you intend to pass it down the generations, you will certainly need to consider buying our 8 Yard Kilt, or if you intend to have a kilt for informal occasions, then our Casual Kilt will be a suitable purchase. Of course, I appreciate that your budget will have a key part in your consideration, but this is what I would base it on – what you need the kilt for.
Remember, no matter which kilt you decide to buy from Kilts.com, you can rest assured that you will be getting value for money.
Selecting the Perfect Kilt
You will quickly notice from browsing our website that there are many different types of kilt available. To make it simpler, we will say that there are two different types of kilt. There are kilts that are pre-made and then there are kilts that are made to order. Let’s explain the difference between the two.
Pre-made kilts are low quality kilts, which are often made in countries such as Pakistan and use inferior materials. We have taken a vow not to sell these types of kilts to our customers. As a proud Scotsman, I have decided not to damage the reputation of our National Dress to make a quick buck.
That said, all our kilts are made to order, with your measurements and choice of tartan.
Our Custom Made to Order Kilts
All of our wool is sourced from the UK, using only the finest wool. We are careful with which materials and mills we work with, as we want to offer the best quality product to our customers. Because we have such close relationships with some of the UK’s best mills, we are able to provide many different tartans at inexpensive prices that other kilt manufacturers will struggle to match. Our made to order kilts are perfect for those who are looking for a tailored kilt for their wedding for example, or to pass down to future generations.
Once you have chosen a tartan, noted down your vital measurements and clarified your budget, then you’re on track to get started. Do your research and compare the different kilts we offer. Other things to consider:
- The mill from which the cloth is sourced. You will notice that when you browse our tartan database, that we have a coding system which allows you to see which mill that particular tartan is sourced from. Let’s take a look at an example. “Agnew Anc Hoe 13″ shows that you are looking at the Agnew Ancient clan tartan, from the House of Edgar (Hoe) mill. Other mills we source include Loch (Lochcarron), Str (Strathmore), MM (Martin Mills), Bat (Batley), DCD (Dalgliesh), WTC ( Welsh Tartan Center).
- The weight of the kilt you wish to purchase. We stock 13oz, 14oz or 16oz. 13oz is the lightest fabric we use, and 16oz is the heaviest. If you live in a warm country, we would highly recommend you select a lighter fabric. Similarly, for cooler countries, we would recommend a heavier weight. This weight is included in the code of the tartan. Using our “Agnew Anc Hoe 13” example, this is a tartan that has a 13oz weight.
- How quickly do you need your kilt? If you need it delivered quickly, then you may need to pay for rush delivery. Taking our 5 Yard Kilt as an example, this takes 6-10 weeks to produce, but if you went for rush delivery, it could be sent out within 3 weeks. Making a kilt takes time, so this is why it can take a few weeks to manufacture.
We hope you have found our “Selecting the Perfect Kilt” guide useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.