How do I put this Kilt on.... a Beginners Guide
Putting on a kilt might seem a bit complicated at first, but with a bit of practice, it becomes easier. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to put on a traditional Scottish kilt:
1. Start with the Kilt:
- Lay the kilt flat with the pleats at the back and the apron (front) facing up.
2. Put on a Shirt:
- Wear a suitable shirt, usually a white dress shirt, or a casual shirt of your choice.
3. Put on a Belt:
- Secure a kilt belt around your waist. The belt sits above your hips, usually about 2-3 inches above your navel. Make sure it’s snug but not too tight.
4. Fluff Out the Pleats:
- Lift the kilt and hold it up by the waistband. Let the pleats fall naturally, and make sure they are hanging straight down.
5. Wrap Around and Secure:
- Step into the kilt, just like you would with a skirt. The pleats should be at the back. Wrap the kilt around your body until the edges meet at the front.
6. Fasten the Kilt:
- Most kilts have straps and buckles on one side, and holes on the other. Insert the straps through the holes and fasten them securely. The kilt should be snug but not too tight. If the kilt has apron pockets, make sure they are hanging flat.
7. Adjust the Length:
- Traditional kilts usually sit just above the knee. Adjust the length if necessary by pulling the kilt up or down slightly.
8. Wear Kilt Hose (Socks):
- Put on knee-length kilt hose, making sure they are pulled up snugly. Traditionally, a portion of the hose is folded down at the knee to create a thicker cuff.
9. Put on Sporran:
- Attach the sporran (a small pouch) to the front of the kilt using the chains or straps provided. The sporran is typically worn just below the belt buckle.
10. Add Accessories:
- Complete the look with accessories like a sgian dubh (a small knife worn in the sock), a jacket or vest, a tie, and perhaps a kilt pin (a decorative pin that secures the open apron).
Remember, the way you wear your kilt might vary based on regional traditions or personal preferences, but these general steps should help you put on a traditional Scottish kilt correctly.