Kilt Jackets Explained
There are a number of styles of kilt jacket, and making a suitable choice can be confusing. This guide will help you understand the different styles available, and hopefully make your purchase decision a bit easier.
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Prince Charlie jackets are the most formal style of kilt jacket available in our store. They are the equivalent of a 'black tie' outfit and are traditionally worn with a wing collar shirt and bow tie. Occasionally, they are worn with a Victoria collar shirt and ruched tie to add a more contemporary look.
The Prince Charlie Jacket is usually made from heavy worsted pure wool fabric known as barathea. Generally, they are available in 13oz and 15oz fabrics, although lighter and heavier weights are available.
The Prince Charlie jacket is heavily decorated, featuring ornate buttons on the front, sleeves and on the tails at the rear, satin lapels and usually silk braided epaulettes. As such, it is usually only worn to special occasions such as weddings and formal dinners.
Prince Charlie jackets are normally worn with a matching 3 button vest, as such it's almost impossible to purchase one without a vest. The vest features the same level of decoration as the jacket, with ornate buttons and satin lapels. They may also be worn with higher fastening 5 button vests to complement the ruched tie.
Argyll Jackets are versatile jackets which are the equivalent of a traditional dress suit. They are less formal than the Prince Charlie, but can easily be worn to both formal and casual functions alike. Traditionally they are more suited to evening occasions, while a tweed version of the Argyll would be worn to day functions.
The Argyll Jacket is usually made from heavy pure worsted wool fabric known as barathea. Generally, they are available in 13oz and 15oz fabrics, although lighter and heavier weights are available.
While less formal, the Argyll jacket is still decorated, with ornate buttons on the pocket flaps and cuffs, but not on the back of the jacket. The lapels and epaulettes are usually plain and made from the same material as the jacket, although some manufacturers use a braided epaulette.
The Argyll jacket can be worn with a high fastening 5 button vest, but it is not compulsory and is really a matter of style and occasion, as such, vests are sold separately. Adding the 5 button vest can make the jacket slightly more formal, and suitable to wear with a Victoria collar shirt and ruched tie, while normally an Argyll would be worn with a standard collar shirt and regular neck tie.
Argyll jackets can be worn with either semi dress sporrans for more formal functions, or leather day sporrans for less formal occasions. Generally, full dress sporrans are not worn with Argyll jackets.
Tweed Jackets are the daytime equivalent of the wool Argyll jacket, and are particularly suited to outdoor daytime events.
They are usually made from durable tweed material with horn buttons, and feature the same construction as the standard Argyll jacket.
While less formal, the Tweed Argyll jacket is still decorated, with horn buttons on the pocket flaps and cuffs, but not on the back of the jacket. The lapels and epaulettes are usually plain and made from the same material as the jacket.
Doublet Jackets are similar to mess jackets (military style jacket commonly used in the 30's as an alternative to the white dinner jacket), with buttoned gauntlet cuffs and some styles have no lapels. They are more typically worn with a lace jabot (a clothing accessory worn around the neck) and cuff set, and a high-buttoned waistcoat. The highland doublet is Jacobean in style and may date to that period or earlier.
They are traditionally made from velvet material but modern kilt doublets are more likely to be made with 100% wool, with satin lapels and may feature epaulettes.