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How about a kilt?

Have you ever been thinking of wearing a kilt? But have given up, because you were not Scottish? Or you thought it to be too complicated or could think of no place to wear it? Or that it might just be too expensive? You might have to think again. As a matter of fact, these years an increasing number of men all over the world, no matter their nationality, colour, heritage, belief, sexual preferences or whatever will buy and wear a kilt; and not just at events that too seldom occur, but as smart casual daily wear. And so might YOU. No need to be Scottish, just man enough.


Traditional kilt wearing is often regarded complicated with lots of rigid rules. For formal wear situations this might be very true. And most sites about kilts and kilt wearing and often also kilt forums do have their starting point in formal wear.
This site, however, is not about wearing a kilt once or twice every second year for that wedding or that aniversary you are not invited to anyway. It is about replacing jeans, pants, and shorts by a kilt and to wear it where and whenever you feel like it and appropriate. It is casual-first.
This implies kilts to this kind of usage. The same with accessories. You need very few. Even if so many different are to buy.

A few easy steps to go through and you can be out and about in a kilt, without being ripped off. And really be out and about, not just thinking about wearing it. This site is about kilt wearing made simple and straight forward. Casual-first. The non-Scottish approach to kilt wearing, you may say.

Thompson camel tartan

3 yard edonomy kilt. Thompson Camel tartan.

The more we are, the better

Main focus is of course the traditional tartan kilt. But for some tasks a so-called utility kilt might be a better choice. And why should a kilt be the only skirted garment a man can wear? In fact skirts designed for men are to buy. And even a skirt made for women might be acceptable.

So, despite this is a kilt site, other skirted garments are also dealt with. The more we are who will wear a kilt – or, in a strictly manly way, other kinds of skirted garments - and the more often we'll do it, the better and sooner it shall be accepted to the full that pants are not the only possible legwear for a man.

Kilts and skirts

Not just the traditional kilt.

The Braveheart way

The Dress2kilt site so to speak follows the thoughts of a Californian lawyer, known as WDP/Braveheart, who at the beginning of this century introduced the MUG concept - Manly Unbifurcated Garments, meaning

Kilts, kilt variations (utility kilts), man skirts, and other male unbifurcated garments (sarongs and "manly" skirts).

Men wearing them he called Bravehearts, in opposition to Freestylers, being men who have no interest in appearing manly or be men at all and who will often wear and prefer every female garment over men’s clothes and shoes.


5 yard made-to-measure kilt, Colquhoun tartan.


YOU are?

The person I have had in my mind when making this home page is, like me, a European without Scottish roots. But in fact you can live everywhere, have any nationality and colour or whatever. Either you have no kilt yet, or you have a kilt which you have not yet dared wear outside, or you think you need a special event to wear it.
What we have in common and what counts is that you have no (secret) wish to look femme or be a woman. On the contrary you at all times want to appear manly even if you should go as far as buying and wearing a skirt, designed for women.


5 yard made-to-measure kilt, Farquharson tartan.

Sorry, but not really for crossdressers and trans-persons

Crossdressers and trans-persons, who by definition shall have no intention of appearing manly, are welcome to stay, but it is rather unlikely that they should find anything of interest to them. To make it clear, in my terminology it takes more than just a skirt to make a cross-dresser.

Even if cross-dressers and trans-persons are probably contra-productive in bringing men in general into kilts and (manly) skirts; they, as well as other minorities, do deserve everybody’s respect and understanding. It must be everyone’s right, as long as being neither illegal nor unseemly, to live the way he or she must to feel well. And wearing women's garb is certainly and should be considered a harmless thing.


Douglas Green Modern tartan, Düsseldorf.

D2K is a no-nonsense, non-commercial, non-profit web-site, with nothing to sell or buy. It doesn’t use cookies. It doesn't request any registration, nor does it collect any data from you, whether tentative or not. Not even a contact formula is here. If you should wish to tell or ask me something, write me an e-mail the good old way. The address is to see at the bottom of each page.

All you can find here is advice, on kilts and kilt wearing; or on some appropriate skirts. And that's for free. Enjoy!


Convince men that wearing a kilt - or another skirted garment a strictly manly way – is a non-event, something they can do whenever they feel like it and appropriate.
And that it neither has to be a science to wear a kilt nor expensive.

In English and German languages

The Dress2Kilt site is in English and German - even if neither language is mother tongue of the webmaster; but hopefully, this is not too disturbing or distracting from the main objective, to inspire more men to wear kilts (and other skirted garments a manly way) more often.

Go on reading...


Men and kilts

Who will wear a kilt? Don’t I have to be Scottish?? Why wear a kilt? Where and when to wear it? What’s the difference between being Scottish and not? What shall other people say? Is it true? How did the webmaster start wearing kilts? These and many more questions are answered.

What to find on the Dress2kilt site


How about a kilt?

Have you ever been thinking of wearing a kilt, but have given up, because you were not Scottish? You must not be Scottish. You can be any nationality, any colour, and any belief. Only you must be man enough. The objective of the Dress2Kilt site is making you wear a kilt whenever YOU feel like it and appropriate. Therefore Casual First.


Men and kilts

Who will wear a kilt? Don’t I have to be Scottish?? Why wear a kilt? Where and when to wear it? What’s the difference between being Scottish and not? What shall other people say? Is it true? How did the webmaster start wearing kilts? These and many more questions are answered.


The traditional kilt

Is the kilt a skirt? What makes a kilt? What about fabric, yardage, and pleating? Can I wear a tartan without beloging to that clan? Must a kilt be made in Scotland? How about imported kilts? Should a kilt be made to your measures or should a ready-made do? How much can it cost?


Kilt definitions

To Scotsmen and very many kilt wearers the kilt is a kilt, and not a skirt, and it is a man's garment only. Women do not wear kilts, but kilted skirts. Calling the kilt a skirt is accordingly considered an almost unforgivable insult. But should you feel insulted when someone says you are wearing a skirt, or asks you why you are wearing a skirt?


Which kilt and how and where to buy it?

Purists will say that no less than a 16 oz. 8 yard wool kilt, sewn by hand by a skilled kilt maker in Scotland or equivalent place will do. But that’s a bad advice, at least unconsidered. What YOU and others need must always be reflected by the intended use. If you are going to wear your kilt at weddings and anniversaries only, they might be right. And if all of your business suits are labelled Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna or the like, and your jeans Hugo Boss, they are probably too. But, talking casual wear in your spare time, they are not. It is overkill. So what do you really need and how and where to get it?



Don't waste your money on things you don't need. A dirk in the belt, a bonnet, feathers, cap badges, and a playd over your shoulder? Absolutely NO. Too much national dress and should look rather ridiculous if worn by a non-Scott. Don't get ripped off on accessories. Which ones do you really need?


Dress2kilt - out and about

Let’s assume you have just received and unpacked your first kilt and the accessories you ordered. How to handle all the unfamiliar things, the sporran, the belt & buckle and kilt socks ect.? And what else to wear with your kilt? Now being ready for taking your kilt out into public for the first time, is there anything you should mind? After all a kilt is something very different compared to trousers, just the way it looks and how it feels, wearing it. And where to wear it?


Non-traditional kilts

Not all men, tired of always wearing trousers, think the traditional kilt is the best skirted garment, not even if their motives are exactly the same, the unique freedom, more variety to an otherwise somewhat boring wardrobe, health aspects and the difference it makes, being just little bit different. They might prefer a garment less Scottish and with fewer rules to follow. Or they may already be wearing traditional kilts, just wanting also other options, depending of situation or task to do. How about you?



Could you as a man wear a skirt? Well, the existence of utility kilts with their non-defined designs are part of the answer, so YES, under circumstances you can. And why should a kilt or kind of kilt be the only possibility? Just think about men in The Roman Empire in their long dress-like togas or tunicas, resembling mini-skirts. Besides, skirts designed for men are to have.



Kilts in 31 different tartans, solid coloured kilts, utility kilts, and a few skirts, almost 50 pages with hundreds of pictures.


Links #1?

Vendors of traditional kilts and accessories. Tartan finders.


Links #2

Vendors of non-traditional kilts, sarongs, and skirts.


Links #3?

Kilt and skirt forums, private home pages, blogs, picture galleries, videos, articles in print media and on the internet, men in kilts and skirts on stage and on the cat walk etc.

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