How to Wear a Kilt

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How to Wear a Kilt

One of the most common query that most of the new kilt wearers ask that “how to wear a kilt?” Therefore, I am writing a complete guide on helping you wear a kilt professionally.

It can be a daunting challenge to wear a kilt along with all the kilt accessories.

On Kilt and Jacks, we try to create a healthy community for the kilt wearers for helping them in every aspects. Keeping that thing in mind, we have created an easy Kilt guide for you so that you can know exactly how you can wear a kilt perfectly.

How to Wear a Kilt? Complete Guide

So let’s start with our wearing a kilt guide and cover each and everything in great detail covering each and every aspect. You can also checkout our Complete Kilt Buyers Guide where we have covered all the topics relevant to it.


First let’s talk about the kilt itself.

You should wrap your kilts around with pleats at the rear and apron at the front. In case of tartan kilt, the fringes should be on the right-hand side of you.

Traditionally, kilt is supposed to be worn high on waist above your naval which cause it to drop down to the middle of the knee.

Kilt Jacket & Waistcoat

When you decide to choose 3 or 5 button waistcoat or you would prefer to go for Prince Charlie Jacket with Vest then you should always keep your kilt in mind. As whole, both Kilt and its jacket should complement each other.

Shirt and Tie

Usually, Ghillie Shirts are worn with a kilt. Ghillie Shirt is a traditional loose fitting shirt and does not require you to wear a tie with. Since, there leather laces which can be fastened on the left or to let hang down on the front of the shirt.

However, if you choose to wear a simple formal shirt with your kilt matching your kilt then you should definitely get a matching tie for that.

No matter what shirt you choose, it always should be tucked into your kilt.

Kilt Accessories

Here are the kilt accessories that you should include while deciding on wearing a kilt perfectly.


Here it depends on your choice and preferences. However, you may go through our Sporran guide to select which sporran is good for you. We have a collection of Leather Sporran, Fur Sporran and Horse Hair Sporran.

Fly Plaid & Brooch

Fly Plaid is a perfect way to add formality and decency to your tartan kilt. It gives you a pure traditional look and let you stand out in the crowd. Usually, a fly plaid should match your kilt. You secure a fly plaid on your jacket using a plaid brooch.

Kilt Pin

Kilt Pin is used for both decoration and functional purposes. It adds to the style of your kilt and also stops the front of your tartan kilt from blowing open.

Remember that your kilt pin should not be used to keep your kilt closed as it may damage the fabric of your kilt and alters its hanging. You can add the pin on the top right-hand side of the kilt.


Flashes are worn to the side of the calf which help your hose from falling down. The garter needs to be hidden by top of the hose. These are great for adding some extra color to your outfit. On Kilt and Jacks, you can choose flashes of matching color of your kilt.


Like other accessories, your kilt hose should also complement the color of your kilt and jacket. We let you choose a perfect hose for your kilt comprising of various designs.


As an outfit cannot be complete without a good pair of shoes. We have got a pair of Brogues that are perfect to be worn on various occasions. It can be perfect for casual looks.

Long laces of brogues should be pulled tight. I would recommend you to tie them half-hitch – twist three to four times and then wrap them around the calf twice before tying them on the side.

Sgian Dubh

In case, you are looking to go all traditional then you should definitely have Sgian Dubh as it is must. It should be tucked into your hose on either leg, at the side of the calf. Make sure that top of the handle should stick out from the top of the hose.

Sum Up!

This was our complete how to wear a kilt guide and I am sure it would have helped a lot of you out there. If you have any queries or confusion related to this guide then feel free to comment down below as I shall help you personally.

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