IMAGE | MacGregor and MacDuff, shot by Stew Bryden for Scottish Wedding Directory
It may be our national dress, but a kilt’s not the easiest thing to put on.
Here’s our guide to what to wear and how to wear it.
~ SHIRT AND TIE ~
The style of shirt you wear depends on the type of tie you opt for.
“There are several different ways to style your kilt outfit to fit in with your own personal style, and this includes a range of shirt and tie options,” says Izzy Tetlow of MacGregor and MacDuff.
“A traditional cravat comes in a variety of colours and can be worn with either a white or black swept shirt.
“A swept shirt sits up at the back, and has a deep collar that folds down at the front.”
“Ruche-style ties are quite a traditional choice for weddings and should be worn with a Victorian shirt,” adds Taegan McClure of Kilts 4 U.
Wing collar shirts go with bow-ties, and straight ties (which are more on-trend) should be worn with a standard collar shirt.
According to MacGregor and MacDuff‘s Izzy, tartan bow ties have become increasingly popular and are a quirky twist on a classic design.
“Finally, tartan ties are a popular choice with our kilt outfits,” she says.
“A tartan tie is worn with a normal collar shirt, and is a great way to make a traditional outfit look a bit more modern.”
IMAGE | Kilts 4 U
~ THE SPORRAN ~
“The sporran is frequently worn incorrectly,” says Taegan. “A lot of people wear it too low down. It should be worn about a four-finger-span down from the top of the kilt.
It’s worn on a chain and belt which goes through the two belt loops at the back of the kilt.”
If you’re putting it on yourself, Taegan recommends buckling the belt up at the front and then rotating the sporran round to the front so it sits in the middle of the kilt, in line with the buttons running down the centre of the waistcoat.
~ SOCKS + SHOES ~
“Your socks should sit around three fingers below your knee, with the flashes sitting to the outside of your leg,” says Izzy.
“Ensure that your socks aren’t twisted, and put your flashes on the side of each calf. Fold your socks down to cover the garter of your flashes.
“Adjust the socks to be at the correct height.
“When getting ready, put your shirt, socks and brogues on first: it becomes increasingly difficult to tie your laces once you have a kilt on!”
And there’s a knack to tying your ghillie brogues. “Start like you would normally wear your shoes, then cross the laces over between four to seven times to add a bit of height,” says Taegan.
“You then want to take the laces around the back of the leg and cross them over, raise the laces a little, take them back around the front and cross them over, raise the laces a little again and then take them to the outside of the leg.”
Your laces should sit below your calf muscle and they shouldn’t fall down.
~ JACKET + WAISTCOAT ~
The more traditional Prince Charlie and Argyle jackets have been overtaken in popularity recently by contemporary and custom styles.
“At Kilts 4 U we specialise in bespoke outfits,” says Taegan.
“Grooms can design their own jacket from scratch choosing their preferred cloth, lining, buttons as well as all the styling detailing, allowing them to design a one of a kind jacket to express their individuality.”
Izzy says Tweed jackets are MacGregor and MacDuff’s most popular offering at the moment.
“We have a range of different tweed options including two navy options, light grey and brown,” she says.
“These are perfect for making your kilt outfit a bit more unique, by pairing the tartan with a complementary tweed colour.
“Our charcoal tweed jackets are extremely popular; charcoal goes with the majority of our tartans so this is always a great jacket to go for.”
~ THE KILT ~
There’s nothing worse than seeing a groom wearing his kilt at the wrong length.
“The kilt should be wrapped around your body, with the pleats at the back and aprons overlapping at the front,” says Izzy.
“A kilt sits a lot higher than your trousers, and should be around your naval or an inch above.
“The length of the kilt should then just be overlapping the top of your kneecap and sit in the crease of the back of your knee.”
Taegan adds, “The pleats should go to the rear and the fringe on the right hand side.”
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~ THE PLAID ~
Some grooms wear a plaid on their left shoulder to stand out from the rest of the wedding party.
“On the plaid, one corner of the cloth is sewn into a V shape,” says Taegan.
“This corner should be used to attach the plaid and should be fed through the epaulette on the left shoulder and pulled through to the front of the jacket.
“All of the fringing should go to the edge.”
Pull the plaid down so the V-shaped corner is in line with the second button on the waistcoat.
Secure the plaid to the jacket with a brooch, worn just above the pocket.
~ PERSONALISE IT ~
Brides have their pick of wedding dress fabrics and styles and similarly grooms can personalise their kilt outfit.
“MacGregor and MacDuff have a Signature Collection, which is the best package to go for if you are looking for a completely bespoke outfit,” says Izzy.
“The Signature Package allows you to completely customise your jacket and waistcoat, working closely with our Signature Stylist to design each element and create your perfect jacket and waistcoat.
“If this package isn’t for you, the best way to personalise your outfit is through your accessory choices.
“We have a range of different accessory options, including a variety of sporran and tie choices to make you stand out from the rest of your wedding party.”