Buying A Kilt

So what do you need to know when buying a kilt?

Well first and foremost you need to know that you are dealing with a reputable and well established kilt maker, and there are thankfully many of them to choose from.

With that said you may well be asking, then with so much choice how do I know which supplier is the best one when buying a kilt. A good place to start is by asking, how long have they been in business?

The answer to that question can tell you a lot about the quality of merchandise being offered, as less reputable companies selling inferior products, tend not to last too long in this particular field.

Are the sales staff knowledgeable and helpful?, do they strive to make sure you get what you want, rather than try to sell you what they have? A good kilt maker will be able to offer you a huge choice when it comes to choosing the tartan for your kilt.

If your family name has Celtic connections, the kilt maker that you choose should be able to give you all the information that you require, regarding your family tartans.

I say tartans because it is quite normal for a clan or sept to have several tartans, all of which will be different.

And similarly their choice and range of accessories will also be substantial, and if they are not, my advice is look elsewhere.

A good supplier will always measure you for your kilt, as this is not a garment that you wish to buy off the peg, (it is a considerable investment, so therefor you want it to fit properly).

A good online supplier will always include a form where you can give them your measurements, having first instructed you as to which measurements they require.

Please bare in mind that a kilt takes about five to six weeks to make, as it is hand sewn.

So if you need one for a special occasion please be sure to allow enough time when you place your order.

When buying a kilt many people wish to have it made in Scotland or indeed Ireland, some go as far as to ensure that it is made in the Highlands of Scotland (the traditional birthplace) as indeed I did.

And with that in mind, here is a list of all the kilt stores in Inverness (Inverness is the capital of the Highlands, and happens to be my home town).

Now it goes without saying that if you live overseas, having your kilt made in Scotland and then shipped to you can add to the already considerable cost.

I would qualify that however by saying that many Scottish and Irish kilt makers do ship world wide at no additional cost to the customer, and it pays to ask if such a service is available.

At the very least a reputable supplier of Highland Dress will ensure that the tartan cloth used in their manufacturing is actually made in Scotland, as the best quality tartan in the world is made on Scottish looms, and that quality is recognized around the world, don't settle for less.

Finally what about after sales service? as with any quality company your kilt maker should have a customer service department that takes care of your every need or inquiry, both promptly and efficiently, do ask about these aspects before placing your order.

Buying a kilt outfit is a substantial investment, so it makes sense to ensure that the kilt maker you choose meets the industries high standards.

After all I'm sure you want to look your best in your new kilt, and if you follow the advice given here you will do just that, and you will have an outfit that can be worn to any occasion no matter how grand, and it will last you a lifetime.

But what if you don't want to buy one? perhaps you or your partner are very handy with a needle and thread and would like to make your own.

Well the above link will take you to a page that gives you instructions on how to do just that.

Alternatively you may decide to rent your kilt, and if so the link will take you to a page that deals with that subject.

If you need any further advice on this or any other aspect of the kilt or its accessories, please get in touch using the "contact us" page on the navigation bar.

I am always delighted to answer any questions you may have.

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