How to wear a kilt, your kilt should be wrapped around your body with the pleats to the rear and the aprons overlapping at the front. The fringes should fall to your right-hand side.

A kilt is meant to be worn high on the waist (above your navel), causing it to drop down to the middle of the knee.

Before knowing “how to wear a kilt“, the most important points to bear in mind before you even get measured up for a kilt are, that Highland dress is not a uniform (unless you’re in a Scottish regiment or a pipe band) and neither is it fancy dress. You should look upon a kilt as an alternative to trousers and wear it accordingly. If you want to wear it with a summer T-shirt and bare legs ending in flip-flops, then feel free to do so. If you fancy it with a polo short and Nike trainers, then why not! Just as with trousers, how you wear it depends upon the circumstances; T-shirt and flip-flops won’t go down too well at Granny’s funeral and you would want to show appropriate respect by ‘dressing up’ somewhat: wearing long stockings (hose), smart shoes, sporran, collar and tie or open-necked shirt and – if the weather allows, a suitable kilt jacket. Similarly, when it comes to evening wear, you’ll want to make an effort and look as smart as possible – both from a personal pride point of view and to do justice to your no doubt glamorously dressed companion. Here again, less is more. Festooning yourself with sword, dirk, targe, powder horn and – a cardinal sin – feathers in your bonnet, are not the way to go.

Now you will come across individuals in Scotland and the States who can be likened to barrack-room lawyers who seem to know everything about what you should and shouldn‘t wear and how you should do it. They want to preserve the old fashioned image of Highland dress and will regale you with their ‘regulations’ at the drop of a hat. Listen politely but don’t be intimidated. Highland dress isn’t preserved in aspic, it’s a living, evolving fashion and adding one’s own distinctive touches to it prevents us all becoming homogenised. . . . as long as the touches don’t belittle the dress that you’re wearing and cause offence to others who hold their heritage dear.

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