How to Choose a Kilt: Part 3 – Size and Measurements

Now that you got the gist of the different styles of kilts and tartans available, determining how to get adequately  fitted for one of these buggers is a whole different story! After the sett is chosen, deciding on how to tailor the kilt correctly is often a concern.

Traditionally. the waist of the kilt is measured at the bellybutton and the length of the kilt should hit the middle of the kneecap. What this means is, first, measurements must be made around the natural waistline – about an inch above your bellybutton. Then, similarly, measurements along your hip bone will also be needed, which is roughly about 5 inches greater than your waist. As for the length of the kilt, generally, measurements are made starting from the bellybutton all the way to your knees.


However, as we said before in earlier posts, really, anything goes! At Kommando Kilt, when taking measurements into consideration, we would highly recommend simply tailoring the kilt to fit however you feel most comfortable wearing it. 🙂

Although these traditional measurements are more geared towards our male counterparts (since conventional kilts were designed for men), women can also wear one if they so please! We won’t stop ya. 😉 On the other hand, it is much more common for a woman to wear a kilted skirt (and they’re so cute!), such as this Billie Kilt or even the Ladies Utility Kilt.

A typical kilted skirt is made up of an apron (the flat flap) at the front, which is worn with a seam on the same side as the men’s kilt.Traditionally, this means on the right side, however, placing it on the left is totally acceptable too. As far as measurements go for the ladies, the only difference will be the desired length and the placement of the waist. For women’s kilted skirts, measurements on the lower part of the waistline are much more common, versus above the navel for men.

Once again we’d like to emphasize that choosing a kilt that fits your body type most comfortably is highly recommended! Tailoring your kilt to be fitted so that you’ll want to wear it proudly and flaunt it as often as possible is usually a good judgement for measurement. 😀

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