Traditional Scottish Kilt!
The Scottish Kilt is a traditional piece of Scottish clothing typically worn by men at special Scottish functions such as weddings, graduations, award ceremonies and at the Scottish ceilidh. The history of the kilt stretches back to at least the end of the 16th century. Originally, the kilt was a long piece of heavy, tartan draped around the body and over the shoulder, which was called the Great Kilt but today the shorter walking kilt is more typically worn.
The Great Kilt
Kilts come in many different designs and colours, but often men like to wear a kilt in the tartan of their ancestral clan. But never fear, if you are not connected to a Scottish clan, you can choose a tartan that you like, or even create your own tartan in specialist kilt stores.
The kilt can be worn with formal dress such as ‘The Bonnie Prince Charlie Jacket’ or with a black suit jacket, white shirt and bow tie. In the last few years the kilt has also been making an appearance as casual wear, worn with just a traditional, Ghilllie or Jacobean style shirt, a wool sweater or even a tee shirt, which is a lot cooler for ceilidh dancing!
Bonnie Prince Charlie Jacket
If you happen to hire a full Scottish kilt outfit, then you will most likely be given a sporran and a sgian-dubh.
The sporran hangs below the belt buckle; and much effort is made to match their style and design. The kilt belt buckle can be very ornate, and contain similar motifs to the sporran cantle and the Sgian Dubh. Since the traditional kilt does not have pockets, the sporran serves as a wallet and container for any other necessary personal items.
The sgian-dubh (pronounced SKEE-AN-DOO) is a small, single-edged knife worn as part of traditional Scottish Highland dress along with the kilt. The sgian-dubh is normally worn on the right leg, but can also be worn on the left, depending on whether the wearer is right or left-handed. If you are hiring your outfit from a store, they may give you a plastic sgian-dubh rather than a real knife, for safety purposes.
Purchasing a kilt can be very expensive, and it is a heavy piece of clothing. Often, men will war the kilt if they plan to travel abroad with the kilt to avoid having the weight of their kilt in the luggage. But the kilt is the perfect symbol of Scotland. If you would like to purchase a kilt there are a few stores in Glasgow that specialise in this:
This store is based at 67 Union St, in Glasgow City Centre very close to Central Station and St Enochs Subway Station. It is one of the less expensive stores, with some kilts priced at approximately, £60
The store specialises in full kilt outfits and you can even customise your own outfit to suit your needs. It is quite an expensive store though, so not one for those on a budget! The store is in the city centre – 80 St Vincent St, Glasgow, very near to Buchanan Subway Station.
Slaters can vary in price and has many options in outfits and kilt styles to suit your needs. Again, based in the city centre 165 Howard Street, very close to the St Enochs Centre.
Typically, a lot of men choose to hire the kilt for the day. They can either hire the full outfit, or just a part of the outfit. Most kilt stores will be able to recommend the best option for you! Here are a few stores in Glasgow, where you can hire a kilt:
Slaters also have plenty of hiring options for kilt wear and the staff are happy to discuss your needs. Hiring prices start from £50 but there may be a student discount available on request. Remember to bring your student card and ask the staff if this applies.
This store is a little more expensive for kilt hire, starting from £69, but have a handy tartan finder on their website! Based at 41 Bath Street, which is very close to the Buchanan Street Subway Station.
This store is located 179 Dumbarton Road and is about a 10 minute walk from the University of Glasgow. They have a very good collection of kilts for hire and prices start from £59.