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A Simple Guide to Self-Measuring your Kilt Outfit

Although we recommend to be professionally measured for your kilt outfit, we understand that this is not always possible. As well as having our Prestwick, Glasgow City Centre and West End stores; we also have regular London and Manchester popups to try and reach as many of our customers as we can. New York has recently been added as our next destination this September, allowing us to get to our customers across the pond. If you are still unable to be measured by one of our stylists – don’t panic! Follow this step-by-step simple guide on how to measure for your own outfit.

When measuring for your kilt, it is important to remember that the measurements will be different than your usual trouser measurements. Make sure you are wearing a thin top or t-shirt; this will ensure the most accurate measurements. We take all of our measurements in inches. It is easier if you can get someone else to do the measurements for you: make sure they use a tape measure for your body and not a flexible rule – yes, this has happened before! Stand up straight, and relax.

The first thing to measure is your waist, this is a tight measurement at naval level. The kilt sits a lot higher than your trousers, around about your naval or an inch above – this means that this measurement will most likely be bigger than your trouser measurement, but don’t let this put you off! Check this measurement a few times to ensure that it is correct; it is always tempting to breathe in at this point.

The next measurement is your seat: this is only required for customers who are purchasing their kilt, and is not needed for hire outfits. The seat measurement is for the third buckle on your kilt, and is a measurement of the widest part of your hips. Before you begin, ensure that your pockets are empty. Put your feet together, and cross your arms over so they are not in the way of the tape measure. Take a measurement of the widest part of your hips, and then add on two inches.

Measuring your kilt length is next. The most important measurement that we receive from you is your height, ensuring this is correct is crucial as we will be able to gauge whether your sizes are correct from the height given. We also ask for you to take a length measurement for your kilt as well as providing your height. It is important to stay standing upright and looking forward when this measurement is being taken. Measure from the navel to just over the top of the kneecap – your kilt should just overlap the top of your kneecap and sit in the crease of the back of your knee.

When measuring for your jacket and waistcoat, your chest measurement should be taken from under the arms and not be tight. This is a standard chest measurement – you may already know yours, or have this labeled in a current suit jacket. Please also provide your sleeve length (measure your arm from the edge of the shoulder to the wrist, or wherever you’d feel comfortable). We also require your collar measurement and shoe size.

These are all the measurements we require from you for a full kilt outfit. If you have any queries or questions when measuring, please do not hesitate to contact our Communication Team on: