These are the new instructions that come with all of our custom made kilts and trews.
We now have in stock 5 different tartans available up to fit up to a 58″ waist.
Each kilt is the smallest size when fully done up, but the long leather straps extend by at least 4 inches to fit the largest size in the range.
We hope to extend the range of tartans over the next few months so watch this space or subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to find out.
I often speak to people who decide to buy a kilt rather than hire one due to rising hire costs. It can make sense for your wallet even if you are wearing a kilt on 2 or 3 occasions. By changing just a few key items you can create a number of different outfits based around your kilt that are suitable for a whole range of occasions.
1. Prince Charlie Outfit
For most people this is the first kilt outfit they will wear. Most commonly seen at weddings and formal occasions the Prince Charlie outfit can be purchased from just £251.06 for a complete package. Worn with a bow tie this is the Scottish Equivalent of a black tie outfit.
2. Make The Look Contemporary
Try wearing your Prince Charlie outfit with a a Victoria collar shirt and ruched tie. Add a 5 button waistcoat to transform this outfit into a more contemporary look. Worn with our without the jacket this is now suitable for less formal events or a ceilidh.
It’s amazing the difference a shirt makes. A ghillie shirt is a great option for wearing your kilt to highland games and ceilidh’s. Wear this with a leather sporran and either your brogues or regular day shoes.
There is no denying the Scots are in town for rugby or football matches when a kilted army of supporters arrive. Wear a rugby shirt with a poly-viscose kilt for this match day look. Suitable for travelling and match day, you’ll be able to travel light.
When asking such a question, you have to consider various factors. By popular belief, Scotsmen wear nothing under their kilts. So why is this, and more importantly, should you?
Well, let’s travel back to the days when battles scarred Scottish soil. In those times, armies were constantly evolving and trying to think of ways to distract and destroy the enemy. The Romans had their durable formations, the English employed huge barrages of arrows, and the Scots? The Scots allegedly flashed.
Whether this was to show they were tough enough to march through stinging nettles with no pants on is unsure. But one thing’s for certain – it won them a few battles. While wearing nothing under a kilt is a supposed tradition, it’s up for debate whether this is entirely acceptable.
Leading Scottish kilt-makers are changing their hire terms. Indeed, you won’t find a kilt on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile without signing a disclaimer. And it’s not just the common man who’s asked to be careful with his kilt - Ewan McGregor, Sean Connery and Billy Connolly have all been there.
One hire firm has actually come up with a rhyme to get their message across:
‘Though Scots like to prance
About in their kilts wearing nae pants
Fir the next punter make it fair
Dinnae firgit to wear a pair.’
The question’s still up for debate, and it really is your decision to make. But if we had to advise on the ‘pants or no pants’ question, we’d suggest wearing underwear even if the kilt’s your own.
After all, you can always find other ways to offend your mother-in-law.
Think you know all there is to know about kilts? Think again.
‘Scotsmen have always worn tartan skirts’
The truth is, the Scots didn’t actually wear tartan kilts until the eighteenth century. They wore tartan, but they didn’t wear kilts. Rather, they wore knee-length tartan shirts, held up by a belt around the middle.
‘The kilt is a Scottish invention’
The kilt was actually invented by an Englishman in 1727. The man was Thomas Rawlinson, and he came up with the idea while in the Highlands – surprisingly, it was a simple case of charity and practicality. You see, during the eighteenth century, the average Scotsman was poor – so poor that he couldn’t afford a pair of trousers. As an entrepreneur of ironworks in Scotland, Rawlinson felt that his men were hindered by their clothing. He also knew they couldn’t afford trousers (and he didn’t want to cough up the cash himself) so invented the kilt, which proved to be an immediate success. Most Scots didn’t fancy it to be as good as a pair of trousers, but then they were already used to wearing those awkward knee-length tartan shirts.
‘Wearing a kilt is legal’
Well, it is now. But the thing is, kilts were banned in 1745. After the Scottish rebellion against the British (cough, English), the British Parliament believed that the kilt needed to be banned. These pieces of tartan cloth were a positive threat to the British way of life! Of course, they weren’t worried about Englishmen suddenly abandoning their pants – rather, they thought it made Scotsmen believe that they were different to Englishmen. Of course, the Scots are – in many ways – different to their English counterparts arguably, but not because of the way they dress. Considering the English spent hundreds of years trying to make other countries act, speak, and dress like them, it’s not surprising they banned the kilt really.
‘Kilts are loved by the Scots’
Again, they are now. But prior to the ban in 1745, most Scotsmen couldn’t care less about the kilt – many actually detested them. You see, because kilts had been invented for the lower or working class man, members of the upper class wouldn’t go near them. But after the ban of 1745, everyone wanted to wear one. Thus was born the national costume of Scotland. And after the entire country began flaunting their new attire, each clan claimed they had always been known for their particular tartan. Strangely, none of those chiefs stood up to say ‘Hang on a minute – we only started wearing these yesterday…’
Rather, a scholar called John Pinkerton did. Everyone ignored him, of course, and instead succumbed to reading the romantic tales of Sir Walter Scott. His essay of 1805 actually claimed that different tartans could be traced back to the third century.
But while that may be true, they only graced knee-length shirts.
When it comes to Scotland, highland dress and rugby, passion and pride go hand in hand. Tomorrow when Scotland play England at Murrayfield for the Calcutta Cup and their opening game of the 2012 Six Nations tournament you’ll see prime examples of these traits being displayed.
Murrayfield is the home of Scottish rugby and tomorrow you will see this packed with our blue shirts and plenty of kilts. Match day is a chance for you to display your passion for Scotland and rugby and a chance to get one up on the Auld Enemy.
Scotland will be keen to make a good start to the tournament as the following week is a trip down to Cardiff to play World Cup Semi finalists, Wales. (I’ll be making the trip myself!)
The atmosphere at Murrayfield is one of the best in the world and second to none once the pipes welcome the teams to the pitch.
We’ve only just recovered from Hogmanay and already in Scotland we’re planning the next event. Burns Night on January 25th is always a highlight in a Scot’s calendar.
In the run up to Burns Night you’ll find over 300 items on sale at buyakilt.com. With a range of essentials for the big night including, sgian dubh’s, kilts, and trousers, all at reduced prices, you’ll be sure to look the part at your Burn’s night suppers.
Highlights of the sale include;
10% OFF Stock kilt outfits
10% OFF Luxury Jacobite Ghillie Shirts
10% OFF Thistle 4 Piece Gift Set
Our biggest sale is now on, visit our specials page today to buy.
Scotland marks the feast day of our patron saint by not just one day, (30th November) but a whole weekend of celebration starting Friday 26th November. I’ve picked my top 5 ways to celebrate your Scottish heritage with events taking place in Scotland and beyond.
1. Many of Scotland’s top attractions open their doors for free this weekend (27th and 28th November) in celebration of Scotland’s Patron Saint. Why not visit one of the many Abbeys and Castles around the country including the breathtaking Edinburgh Castle. Visit www.historic-scotland.gov.uk for a full list of over 50 attractions taking part.
2. Join fellow kilt wearers in Ayr this Saturday night for a “unique, quirky and seriously Scottish” event; The great tartan turnoot, hosted by South Ayrshire Council. Take in some “tartantastic new venues” with Scottish treats and free merchandise along the way, for those wearing their kilts of course. This event is concluded with a Grand Haggis and Hoolie Finale with live ceilidh band. Sure to be many jigging, laughing and kilt swinging!
Can’t make it to the Great tartan turnoot? Why not hold your own event. Give prizes for wearing your highland wear with pride, dine on haggis, neeps and tatties and maybe even throw your own ceilidh. To help you out why not try this whisky quiz.
3. Support Kilts for Kids day for charity, Children First this Friday 26th November. There is no better way to celebrate St Andrew’s day by donning a kilt and, whilst your at it donate to a great cause. Lets get everybody wearing a tartan item for a donation, and those who don’t wear tartan can pay a bigger penalty!
4 Join in one of the many events held not just in Scotland but worldwide to celebrate. Check out www.scotland.org for details of events taking place in Scotland or around the world, with events being held from Hawaii, Germany and New Zealand to list just a few.
5. Visit East Lothian, birthplace of the national flag for a 3 day Saltire event, starting with a race meeting at Musselburgh race course on Friday 26th November and finishing with a torchlight procession featuring pipe bands from East Lothian and Aubigny France from St Mary’s Church to the “Raising of the Saltire” at the Corn Exchange Haddington.
Yet to purchase your essentials for St Andrew’s Day? View our full range of highland outfits and tartan accessories at buyakilt.com
There are now four individual sections in the kilt category and they are as follows:
5 Yard Kilts – This category contains custom made 5 yard kilts, brand new emblem kilts and wool stock kilts.
8 Yard Kilts – This category contains custom made 8 yard kilts and brand new emblem kilts.
Budget Kilts – Our poly-viscose stock kilt has now been broken down into the individual tartans to make it easier for you to see which tartan is best for you. These can now be found in the Casual Kilts section and still listed with 30% off!
Fashion Kilts – These are a brand new addition to our website and we are sure they will be a great success for those looking to make an unique impression whatever the occasion.
We hope by separating the different styles into individual categories that this will make it easier for visitors to the website to find the kilt that is best for them. However, we haven’t stopped there; we will be looking to extend our kilts range further in the near future in order to offer the best possible choice available.
As always, we welcome any feedback on these changes and indeed any facet of the websites.
This morning we’ve introduced a new system in the way we price products with custom tartans which will make it clearer and easier for our customers to use.
Due to the large number of cloths we offer, the price of our kilts is comprised of 2 factors: the cost of making the kilt and the cloth used to make it. As with all our prices, we aim to be as transparent as possible when calculating retail prices.
Our old system showed the price of products excluding the cost of the cloth. So, an 8 yard kilt would show as £188, and the cloth would add £100-£300 on top of that price. We felt that this was somewhat misleading to our customers who initially thought they might be able to purchase a kilt for £188, and not many people want a kilt made with no cloth! (although we’re happy if you want to supply the cloth yourself).
Today, we’ve introduced a change which makes this a bit clearer.
We now show the price of an 8 yard kilt as the total of the cost to make the kilt and the cost of the cheapest cloth available for that kilt. We display this as ‘From £288′ (using the £188 cost of making the kilt and presuming the cheapest cloth adds £100). We feel this gives you a more accurate starting price when viewing our range of kilts on offer, and a good estimate of what it will cost to have a kilt made for you.
Don’t worry, we’ve not limited our range of cloths available in any way, and you can still have a kilt made in any cloth. Now, when you view our range of tartans, you will see how much it will cost to have your product in that tartan, rather than the price per metre of the cloth. So when viewing the tartans for a 5 yard kilt, you’ll see the range of cloths available with how much each cloth adds to the product (eg +£10, +£50). That way you’ll be able to compare the cost of the kilt in each of the tartans, from each of the mills, a lot more clearly.
Finally, when you save a kilt in your shopping cart and log out, when you log back in again, the tartan you’ve chosen will be remembered.
We hope you’ll find this updated pricing structure useful when purchasing a new kilt outfit, or custom made kilt.
You can see all of this in action on our kilts page.