If you have questions, we have answers. Many people are interested in kilts, and all things Celtic, but are unsure of the history of this famous garment. Read on for some answers to our most commonly asked questions.
When women want a traditional kilt look, the hem usually hits the top or middle of the knee. You may find hemlines higher or lower than this, though; it just depends on personal choice. If you have more than an 8-inch difference from your waist to hip, make sure you're ordering a women's kilted skirt and not a kilt.
We have a selection of premium wool garments that would grace any wedding or formal occasion. Match these up with some special handfasting tartans or garters.
It's probably easier to define the points of difference between a kilt and a skirt. A skirt can have as many, or as few, pleats as the designer chooses, while a kilt will always have pleats, but only at the back. A kilt wraps around the body, and you secure it with a buckle or pin. A skirt can be of any style, pattern, or length. A kilt will always be a tartan, woven in tartan's particular, distinctive style. While a kilted skirt will have many of these features, it would be wrong to say that a kilted skirt is the same as a kilt because there are fewer rules or conventions around the skirt's design or who makes it.
Traditionally, a kilt is solely a menswear item. However, women have adopted the kilted look for themselves. It is now common to see women wearing kilts, mini skirts, kilted skirts, and hostess skirts. These items all offer their own look and feel, so wear whatever makes you happy and feel comfortable!
A sporran is simply a bag attached to the kilt by a belt or chain that hooks into the kilt. Think of a sporran as a handy (and attractive) substitute for wallets or pockets. Women can wear a sporran with their kilts if they want a more traditional look. It isn't typical for sporrans to be worn with ladies' kilted skirts, mini skirts, or hostess kilts, but that doesn't mean you can't!
Kilts are usually four to nine yards. The number of yards depends on the style of the kilt.
Kilt hose is comfortable, adds warmth, can be in certain patterns that accessorize well with the kilt, and is traditional. Women don't usually wear kilt hose with kilted skirts, but if you need some extra warmth, wearing kilt hose is a fine addition!
A kilt pin has both practical and aesthetic benefits. For practical purposes, the kilt pin adds weight to the kilt and stops it from flying up at inopportune moments. For aesthetics, it adds personal style and charm to the kilt. Attach it to the top layer of the kilt, on the right side, and a few inches from the hem.
We've already talked about kilt pins and sporrans, but here are other ways to accessorize your Celtic wear. Enhance your look with a tartan scarf, matching tartan hat, or a Balmoral. Tartan sashes complimented with a brooch is also a stylish and iconic look. Stay comfortable by choosing traditional kilt hose and shoes. And if you want to be authentic, don't forget that it was customary to carry a sgian dubh – a small knife to eat with or defend yourself./p>
An earasaid is a historical Highland look. Traditionally, they are worn over a Highland dress and bunched or pleated in the back. Earasaids are ideal for covering your head to protect yourself from the rain and chill if needed. You can even bunch earasaids up to make pockets! Thanks to the colors and patterns, the earasaid is perfect for showing off your clan pride and dressy enough to wear to the most formal occasions.
To size, measure around your waist at the fullest point (you can always use one of the accessory belts to tighten the waist when you wear it). For length, measure from the belly button down to the length you desire. For seat size, measure around your hips at the widest point.
They ought to be, seeing they are unique and elegant. This garment's special look deserves a special occasion to show it off in its best light. But it's up to the wearer. If you want to wear this garment every day, wear it every day.