A kilt outfit is not complete unless you browse through and purchase one of our sporrans. This is probably the most essential accessory to purchase along with your kilt. There are wide range of sporrans available, so we thought we’d help you in your search by taking a look at the different sporrans for sale.
There is not right or wrong choice when purchasing a sporran. Normally, it is down to the kilt wearer to select a sporran that matches their own individual style, or for the occasion for which the kilt is being worn for. For many, the sporran is often the showpiece item of the whole outfit, as well as the added benefits for personal storage whilst the kilt is in use.
So, what sporrans should you consider?
Full Dress Sporrans
Full Dress Sporrans (or sometimes more commonly known as Dress Sporrans) are used for formal occasions and is normally worn in conjunction with Prince Charlie Kilt jackets.
This type of sporran is renowned for the fur, which is found on the top of the item. There is also little tassels which drop down from the top of the sporran, and there is normally a metal cantle attached. The material from which the cantle is made varies from product to product, but on the most part, you can expect it to be made of high quality pewter, or sometimes even silver. The cantle itself can be woven into some rather interesting shapes, such as Celtic knotwork designs.
Because Full Dress Sporrans are often the largest type of sporran available, they are very functional, allowing the kilt wearer to carry a large amount. Oh, which means plenty of space for some whisky!
Semi Dress Sporrans
If you are looking for a less formal style, then the Semi Dress Sporran may be the answer. It is quite common to see this worn with an Argyll Kilt Jacket.
Like the Full Dress, the Semi Dress Sporran is usually fitted with fur to the front, and comes with around three decorative tassels, with a leather flap. Sometimes, you can choose the design of the leather flap to have a unique Celtic design.
You can expect to fasten the Semi Dress Sporran using a stud, which can normally be found underneath the flap. If you have a larger budget, this stud can be hidden from view using an additional piece of leather, or sometimes even a badge.
Day or Leather Sporrans
Day sporrans are different from the Full Dress and Semi Dress Sporran because they are more suited to casual occasions.
Fur is usually not found on these types of sporran, as they are on the most part made with leather. You can expect to find a leather gusset, around three decorative tassels, and neatly finished with a leather flap. It is common for the front of the Day Sporran to have a nice Scottish or Celtic design. The item is able to be fastened using a stud, which can be found underneath the flap.
As you will probably know, many of the more formal Sporrans are usually made of animal furs. Seal skin was actually the main material from which sporrans were made, but many people have raised objections to this type of material being used, and it was subsequently banned in the EU. Those sporran products that do use animal products, they have to give assurances that the fur was attained lawfully, and the animal was treated humanely.