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Scottish Kilt Accessories

Updated on October 3, 2014

The finishing touches to a Scottish Kilt

My eldest son was lucky enough to inherit a traditional Scottish kilt from his Great-Grandfather.

He was thrilled as the kilt was authenticated as the Mackenzie Tartan of the Queens Own Highlander Regiment, worn by his Great Grandfather in the First World War who fought at the Somme amongst other harrowing battles. (There is another amazing story to tell there). We had it authenticated, professionally cleaned and inspected as it has been in a box in the attic for many years, and remarkably it fitted him perfectly.

At this stage in his growth, we decided not to buy him his own kilt jacket. We figure he still has some growing to do and perhaps it could be a 21st Birthday Present from family.

You don't have to be Scottish to wear a kilt

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I'm not Scottish, can I wear a kilt?

Anyone can wear a kilt. If you don't have Scottish hertiage you can still wear a kilt. There are a number of tartans considered universal, and in recent times there are more general tartans coming onto the market. These tartans include the Holyrood, Rampant Lion, Isle of Skye and Scottish Thistle tartans.

Remember you can wear any tartan that takes your fancy. Most people are not offended by you wearing their clan tartan and at social occasions a kilt is always a talking point.

So you want to wear a kilt!

So now our son has the responsibility of caring for not only a piece of history but also of a treasured family heirloom. So its so important that we get the accessories right. Luckily my family are Scottish and we have plenty advice on how to get this right.

To complete his Highland Dress outfit, which kilt accessory should he start with?

He decided he wanted to wear the kilt to his prom but wanted to put his individual stamp on the outfit with the sporran, the kilt pin, the kilt belt and the kilt buckle.

The sporran was a minefield for him, he wanted a leather sporran that he could wear day or evening. There are a huge variety of sporrans on the market, some for the more flamboyant amongst you, others for the more reserved. A dress sporran tends to be the full fur sporran and semi dress would be some fur with some leather/metal work. Most people are comfortable wearing the semi-dress or the day sporran whatever the occasion.

The sporran is to fit incidentals into, it's not a utility bag.

You will be carrying this item hanging down from your waist. Remember it's customary to shift the sporran to hang down by your outer thigh when you are dancing.

I think my dear son has visions of wearing his kilt to many a wedding or function in the future, and as Bank of Mum and Dad were bankrolling this purchase he wanted to get it exactly right. The sporran that was his favourite was the wrong color. He (and I) thought black would be the best option but the one he liked was brown. No problem, a good tip, on taking advice we were told just to use ordinary leather shoe polish on it in the desired color. Several coats later and it now looks black. Absolutely no problem. You would never know it hadn't started out black in the first place. Obviously ask advice from the person you buy the sporran from, or they may even dye it for you.

Another option is to have the sporran professionally dyed as you would a pair of shoes.

My husband bought his kilt for our wedding day and over the many years we have been married has picked up a selection of the accessories mentioned above. Depending on his mood, he changes his accessories. It has worked out a lot cheaper than me buying a new dress everytime we go somewhere formal........

First start with a quality Scottish Sporran

Let your Scottish heritage shine through. The word Sporran is Gaelic for purse.

To The Kilt Belt and Buckle

A kilt belt and buckle are not strictly needed to hold your kilt up. A well fitting kilt should stay up without them. It's traditional. Unless you're wearing a traditional Prince Charlie outfit, the belt doesn't sit well with a waistcoat, you can wear a belt and buckle for casual and formal wear.

A belt buckle can be a very personal thing. Choose your clan crest if you have Scottish ancestry, or a celtic one to match your kilt pin. I love the stag head belt buckles, either plain or engraved with celtic emblems. Stag heads are very much in fashion at the moment, so for once I may be ahead of the game.

The belt can be plain leather or again you can get it embossed with a pattern.

Highland Kilt Belts Available here

A Kilt belt is distinctive and an essential part of any highland kilt outfit. This is still needed in addition to the sporran strap.

Your belt will need a Scottish decorative buckle

Perhaps choose your Clan crest

Kilt Belt Buckle also available here

Its easy to find a distinctive design.

Be Flamboyant with a Kilt Pin

Who knew that a kilt pin could be such a minefield? Do you want a celtic one? Do you want a flamboyant one with a semi-precious stone in it? Do you want one to match your cufflinks? All of these things are possible. Just remember to buy one that has a secure fastener. You don't want to be constantly checking to see if the clasp has come undone.

Kilt Pin

Used to weigh the kilt down properly

Kilt Socks

Kilt socks, also known as Hose, come in a variety of colors. Choose your color to reflect what your partner is wearing.

A necessity for your kilt socks

Remember to go with you kilt socks, or hose you will need flashes. Kilt flashes are short stips of fabric that hang from your garter. The garter is hidden by the top of the hose being folder over. Kilt flashes can be either a solid block of colour or tartan. Match them to your kilt, or your female companions outfit.

Kilt Flashes

For Scottish Socks (Hose)

Try searching for Scottish Highland accessories

You'll be surprised at how many authentic Scottish accessories are listed

Please do not forget a Kilt Bag

I cannot recommend this highly enough. After many years of using ordinary coat hangers, suit carriers, dry cleaning bags and even suitcases, I am so glad we eventually discovered a proper kilt bag. So simple yet so effective. It saves space too. Some will also keep all your kilt accessories together.

The Roll bags are not only the perfect way to keep the pleats of your kilt perfect during storage, but also the best method of transportation when carrying your kilt about.

Complete your kilt with a proper carry and storage bag

Hard to come by so grab one while you can

Search Amazon for A Kilt Carrier

Not always available so do check back

The Finishing Touch for Evening Wear

Regardless of which tie you wear during the day, if you wear Highland Dress in the evening then a bow tie is a must. There is a variety to choose from. You may wish a colored tie to display your fun side, or you may choose a plain black bow tie to display your sophisticated side.

Not everyone can tie a bow tie, there's nothing wrong with a bow tie that is pre-tied that clips at the back when you wear it. The main thing is to wear one you feel comfortable wearing.

The Tie Bar 100% Silk Solid Satin Black Self-Tie Bow Tie
The Tie Bar 100% Silk Solid Satin Black Self-Tie Bow Tie

Both my husband and my son have pre tied bow ties and a self tie. Depending on the function, and my nerves, that's what decides which one is used.


Thank you for visiting my lens, your comments are appreciated.

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      Cara 3 years ago

      @tazzytamar: Thank you.

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      I think kilts look amazing and love Scotland's traditions - this was a really interesting lens

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      rihannsu 3 years ago

      Years ago, I ordered a women's skirt based on kilts from the UK online. Even though I checked and rechecked the measurements, it turned out to be a miniskirt. I was so embarrassed, but I went ahead and wore it. It was the lightest wool they had, but it was too hot for South Texas.

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      rihannsu 3 years ago

      Years ago, I ordered a women's skirt based on kilts from the UK online. Even though I checked and rechecked the measurements, it turned out to be a miniskirt. I was so embarrassed, but I went ahead and wore it. It was the lightest wool they had, but it was too hot for South Texas.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from Perth UK

      I love the way you describe what the kilt needs because it must be worn properly. Great lens.

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      DeeDeeGee LM 4 years ago

      Hi. My nephew wore our Johnston Tartan Kilt which he got from my uncle when he died. My uncle had fought in the Second World War and was a POW of the Japanese.

      It was great to have a bit of history on his wedding day in Scotland.

      I also have a Piper's Cape which I had specially made for me at the Cowal Highland Games in Dunoon with our Johnston Tartan which I love - though I don't get to wear it that much as it doesn't rain that much here in Spain.

      Love my Scottish heritage!

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @fionajean: I hope he manages to get a kilt soon.

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      Fiona 4 years ago from South Africa

      My brother managed to buy a tie in our clan tartan but had to leave the kilt 'cos he had no space to pack it.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Over the years, since I bought my husband a kilt for our anniversary, I've bought accessories to go with it. I do think a man in a kilt looks particularly fetching.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Interesting, I've never known all the intricacies.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      I've always been fascinated by it all.

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      Raymond Eagar 4 years ago

      Great lens .

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      Ean Brandon 4 years ago from United States

      My family has scottish ancestry from long long ago.. I wish that I could find out what our particular colors are and then get a kilt of my family!

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @E Andrew Brandon: If you know what your ancestors surname was, then you can do a clan search. When you know which clan you belong to it's relatively easy to search for your clan tartan. Good luck.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @LisaDH: I agree, he is a very fortunate boy!

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      LisaDH 4 years ago

      Your son is lucky to have such a great family heirloom that he can wear!

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @Elyn MacInnis: I hope you get lots of opportunities to visit them!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Scotland is such an appealing place. We have several different Scottish families in our background, and enjoy all of them. Thank you for reminding me...

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @norma-holt: I hope your son is sending you back lots of photographs!

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens and beautifully crafted with some great information. My son is visiting Scotland at the moment with his family and he will no doubt go to Skye where my grandmother's family came from. Enjoyed the trip to the traditions of the kilt. :)

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @Board-Game-Brooke: You're welcome, I'm glad you enjoyed reading this lens.

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      C A Chancellor 4 years ago from US/TN

      So interesting! I think Scottish traditions are fascinating. Thanks for sharing your knowledge of kilts and kilt accessories. :-)

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      antoivo lm 4 years ago

      The Kilt and the history behind them has interested me for years. This is a fantastic lens that highlights the accessories and kits to go with it I LOVE IT!

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      Cara 5 years ago

      @OhMe: I'm pleased you enjoyed this lens. Thank you for the blessing.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I sure enjoyed learning more about Scottish Kilt Accessories. Thank you.

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      Cara 5 years ago

      @DeborahDian: It's a great item of clothing to wear. It can be dressed up or down.

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      Deborah Carr 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      We used to have a friend who wore his kilt to all the holiday parties every Christmas. It was so much fun!

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      Scullyvan 5 years ago

      Nice accessories! I hear they truly make the outfit, and I guess that includes kilts. I always wondered whether you could wear a kilt if you weren't Scottish. Thanks for clearing that up.

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      Loretta Livingstone 5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      I'd never heard of kilt bags. I may have to get one.

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      Cara 5 years ago

      @BritFlorida: Thank you.

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      Excellent article!

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      Cara 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you, that's very kind of you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love Scottish items! Well made lens!********

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      Max Globe 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us

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      Riesling 5 years ago

      Perfect, I love it :-)

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      Bellezza-Decor 5 years ago from Canada

      There's nothing quite like a man in a kilt!

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      Great lens.

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      coolmon2009 lm 5 years ago

      Didn't know it was that easy to get a Kilt, Interesting lens

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      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      I've always wanted to wear a kilt.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Our family tartan is "Gunn," but I don't remember anyone wearing a kilt. What a wonderful heirloom. We did have a few tartan blankets that were always kept in the car. I didn't know there were special carriers for kilts. Great idea for keeping everything together!

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      Cara 5 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: Absolutely! The kilt was traditionally made from the best of materials and best workmanship. It's 'built' to last too... It's a shame these skills and care are not always observed nowadays.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      How lovely to have an heirloom kilt in the family. These accessories look great.

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      Cara 5 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you for visiting my lens, your comments are very kind.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      You have everything that is needed. Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It's good to know you don't have to be Scottish to wear a kilt with all these amazing accessories!

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      theyellowfox 5 years ago

      I had no idea so many accessories were necessary for a kilt!

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      Cara 5 years ago

      @ClassyGals: Thank you so much. It means a lot to receive your Squid Angel

      blessings. Inspiration indeed.

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Lovely Scottish kilt accessories. Blessings**