Taking and providing us with accurate measurements is the key to getting a correctly fitting bespoke kilt. You're making an investment in a premium item of heritage clothing and we want you to look your best in it. We always recommend getting someone else to measure you and to take measurements more than once. We want you to be completely satisfied with your kilt so please provide us with accurate measurements. The guide below should help you to do so but if you are unsure please contact us for advice.
No, not your trouser waist. All of our kilts are made with a traditional 2" rise. This means that the straps should sit on the top of your hip bone, this keeps the kilt up. The top edge of the kilt sits 2" above this, so is normally approximately 1" above the level of your navel. It is at this height that you should take your waist measurement.
You should stand up straight, be relaxed and not "holding it in". This should be a firm, almost tight, measurement. All of our kilts are made such that the straps, fastened at the second tightest hole, will fit. This allows about an inch and a half to expand and allows you to tighten up a little if needed.
This measurement determines the seat of the kilt (or breech). This measurement is taken at the broadest part of the hips and buttocks. Do not make this a tight measurement. You should be able to fit your fist, with your palm facing you, between your body and the measuring tape, otherwise the kilt will be too tight around the hips.
A kilt of the correct length looks good. A kilt a little too short or a little too long can make it look terrible. To look good and to look like a kilt, the bottom of the kilt should fall no higher than the top of the kneecap and no lower than the middle of the kneecap. There are those who wish to wear a long or short kilt. This is up to you. This guide shows you how to measure properly for a kilt worn the traditional and best looking way. It is better if someone else takes this measurement for you, it is almost impossible to do this yourself.
You should be standing straight with your feet together. Do NOT look down to see what's happening as this changes the measurement. Head up and look straight ahead. Measure from around one inch above the navel (same place as your waist measurement was taken) to the point on your kneecap where you want the kilt to rest.
OR - measure from the top of the hipbone (where your kilt straps will sit) to the desired point on the knee. Add 2 inches to this measurement to get the total length.
In a nutshell you can wear your kilt any way and any where you like. There are however, some conventions that some people like to observe and these have developed in a way in which they ensure that one "looks good" in their chosen outfit. You may get some ideas from some of our images and will see the difference between formal and casual wear. If you would like help with choosing your overall outfit for an occasion, colour matching or anything else please ask us.