Scottish Highland Wear

What is Scottish Highland Wear?

Scottish highland wear, or highland dress, refers to the traditional dress of Scotland. There are several different styles of the Scottish highland wear ranging from casual to full formal outfits. It also depends on whether you’re looking for an authentic 1500’s highland wear look or more modern day attire.  Below are each kind of style and what they would usually consist of.





A gentlemen’s casual highland wear would usually consist of, but is not limited to, the following items; a kilt (of course!), a jacobite shirtbelt and bucklesporrankilt pin, and kilt hose. These are not the only things can be worn with a casual highland wear outfit though as there are many optional accessories that one can add.

Casual Rental


The semi-formal attire would be the middle step in between casual and the full formal look. It’s a way of looking a little more put together without going the whole nine yards. A gentlemen’s semi-formal style outfit would usually consist of, but again is not limited to, the following; a kilt (insert obvious comment here), belt and bucklesporrankilt shirtargyle jacketghillie brogues(traditional Scottish shoes), kilt hose,  kilt pin, and flashes.

Argyle Jacket & Vest Set

Full Formal

The full formal look is the whole kit and caboodle, and generally consists of, but as always is not limited to; the kiltbelt and bucklesporran (a fancy one), a kilt shirt, a Prince Charlie jacketkilt hoseflashesghillie brogues, and a fly plaid.

Good Basic Kilt

Great Kilt Attire

The great kilt is the center piece of this style, and is the most common and easily recognized historic-style kilt. When you wear your great kilt more than half the fabric is above the belt and can be tucked into you belt, pinned over your shoulder, or worn as a cloak. A great kilt is most often worn with kilt hoseflashessporran, and era correct shoes.

Great Kilt

Ancient Kilt Attire

Ancient kilts are the same style kilts worn in the movie Braveheart. Depending upon who you talk to, they may be historically accurate or not, but they are much cooler than the great kilt for hot weather. Accessories usually worn with an ancient kilt would be a jacobite shirtleather vest, bracers, and boots.

Braveheart Tartan Ancient Kilt



Ladies highland wear is not as extensive as gentlemen’s. Generally ladies highland wear consisted of a kilted skirt, and a tartan sash or shawl. There was also the Earasaid, what is known as the ladies great kilt. For more information on earasaids see our earasaid history page. Here at The Celtic Croft we do carry many modern versions of ladies highland wear such as tartan gowns or kilted mini skirts. Take a look at our great Ladieswear section for all of our ladieswear products.

Braveheart EarasaidFiona SkirtsGathered SkirtsHostess KiltHomespun Wool Blend Kilted Mini Skirts



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