How to Wear a Kilt that Stands Out? - Imperial Highland Supplies

Are you new to wearing kilts? It might be difficult to figure out how to wear clothing that is rich in history and tradition. Even if you've worn a kilt since you were a boy, knowing how to wear all the kilt items might be difficult. The Imperial Highland Supplies team loves and breathes kilts. We're all about assisting you in designing and styling the kilt outfit of your dreams. This is why we've prepared this simple guide to help you wear your kilt in style no matter what the event.


Let's begin with the fundamentals, shall we? Your kilt must be draped around your torso, pleats facing back and aprons overlapping in front. The extensions should fall on the right side of your face. A kilt is designed to be worn high on the waist (above the navel), allowing it to fall to the mid of the knee.

Shirt and Tie

 We have three varieties of shirts that match your kilt:

- The ghillie shirt is a classic, baggy shirt. The leather lace may be tied in a simple knot or allowed to hang down the front of your shirt, eliminating the need for a tie.

- For traditional kilt attire, standard wing collar shirts are generally paired with bow ties.

They may, however, be dressed down with a straight necktie for midday or recreational occasion.

- Victorian collared shirts are the most traditional choice, and they are often worn with a bow tie.

Whatever shirt you wear, it should be properly tucked into your kilt.

Vest and Jacket

Whether you go for a casual three- or five-button waistcoat or a full-formal Prince Charlie jacket and vest combination, your choice must always suit the hues of your kilt.

The jacket is generally worn open to show off the polished buttons on the waistcoat.

Kilt Accessories

Buckle and belt

Kilt belts and buckles are often wider than regular belts and are only required when not wearing a waistcoat. Kilt belts are worn behind the kilt loops and knotted in front, over the sporran.


Our sporran guideline can help you decide if you want a full uniform, a semi-dress, or a day sporran. To wear the sporran in front, thread the chain strap through the kilt loops at the back.

Brooch & Fly Plaid

The fly plaid is a terrific way to give your kilt an added layer of formality (and to make you stand out from the crowd). Fly plaid is often draped over your left shoulder and matches the tartan of your kilt. A plaid brooch is used to tie the fly plaid to your garment.

The Kilt Pin

The kilt pin serves as both an ornamental and practical accessory. It not only gives a unique touch to your kilt costume, but it also prevents the front of your kilt from blowing open (particularly crucial if you're going natural). However, using your kilt pin to hold your kilt closed may cause harm to the kilt and affect the way it hangs. Instead, secure your pin to the top layer of fabric on your right side.