Kilts. I need one. Cheaply.

Discussion in 'threads and dreads' started by chilango, Nov 30, 2017.

  1. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    So I need to get myself a kilt. One of the McDonald tartans. Ideally McDonald of the Isles, but the standard will have to do if that's cheaper.

    I may also need some variant of highland dress as well.

    I don't want to hire really as that seems like a waste of money. I fear I may need this stuff again.

    Equally I don't want to, and can't anyway, pay £hundreds.

    I've seen cheap £30-50 kilts on ebay etc. Would they suffice?

    Any tips?
  2. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model One star in sight

  3. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    Well. Yeah. Any experience with any of those results?
  4. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model One star in sight

    no, i have a different and imo more attractive tartan
  5. newbie

    newbie undisambiguated

    are you Americans?
  6. dessiato

    dessiato Looking for my shopping trolley

    I've not bought one yet because of the price of a good one. I've spent a lot of time looking for a good value for money kilt though. You really do get what you pay for. Cheap ones will not last long and are more flimsy than the more expensive ones. A really good one will have a lot of heavy cloth in it and the price, if you can afford it, is justified. Cheap ones can look like school girl uniforms. Of course there are some who would find this a plus point.

    If I were you I'd hire until I could afford a good kilt.

    You do know the kilt is not really traditional Scottish clothing? Originally Scottish men would take a long length of cloth and wrap it round one leg, around the crutch area and down the other leg to give a trouser-like appearance.

    eta The correct length of a kilt is measured by kneeling, the hem should just skim the ground.
  7. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    Some of the "of the isles" variants are lovely. But i can't find them cheaply.
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  8. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

  9. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    I can't afford a "good" one. Sadly. It would be better. Obviously. But not an option.

    I'll need it twice already next year that I know of, so hiring isn't ideal.
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  10. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    For example
  11. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

    That's not really true dessiato. The short kilt is a modern invention sure but for hundreds of years highlanders wore the belted plaid with a long linen shirt underneath as an everyday garment.

    Belted plaid - Wikipedia

    Agree with the rest though. A kilt needs to be made of heavy wool and pleated properly or it won't hang right and will just look like a skirt.
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  12. Sue

    Sue Well-Known Member

    Why do you need a kilt anyway? Is it not acceptable to wear a suit? (I'm not a massive fan to be honest and also think it's a wee bit weird to wear one if you're not Scottish (she said controversially..)
  13. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

  14. dessiato

    dessiato Looking for my shopping trolley

    If you can get away with a different tartan try Heritage of Scotland. who have some 5 yard kilts at affordable prices.
  15. Spymaster

    Spymaster Trigger

    For what?
  16. JimW

    JimW 支那暗杀团

    Go even more trad - naked, smeared in woad and off your head on mushrooms.
  17. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Not what they want but what is good for them

    the light ones are Sports Kilts I think they are called - nasty man made fibre for football fans and don't absorb spilt beer.

    Speak to dress hire places in Scotland- they will invariably have ex hire ones
  18. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    Wearing for weddings etc.
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  19. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    I've spent hours trawling the net but there's a huge yawning chasm between the cheap "crap" at c.£50 and then a proper one at c.£200 upwards.

    I can't afford £200 plus the cost of all the other bits. I can probably stretch to £200 in total.
  20. Athos

    Athos Well-Known Member

    Remember to get all the bits and bobs that go with it. Especially the hat with the tufts of ginger hair.
  21. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    Can't find any ex-hire in the right tartan either :(
  22. Athos

    Athos Well-Known Member

    Have you googled 'ex-hire kilts? Might pick up a used bit good quality one, cheapish.

    Eta: just crossed with yours.
  23. Spymaster

    Spymaster Trigger

    Have you been asked to wear one or told that it'll be ok to do so? If not, and you're not Scottish, it might be deemed inappropriate. I've worn a suit to every (both) Scottish weddings that I've been to and so did almost everyone else.
  24. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    It's my Scottish family bit that's making the tartan specific. I also have to go to a Burns night and a wedding. I have nothing to wear for either.
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  25. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

    Wouldn't get hung up on a particular tartan, just choose one you like. Anyone who says you have to be "entitled" to a particular tartan is a fucking idiot. And probably a Tory.

    I'd go for an ex-hire kilt. A good quality ex-hire kilt will last for generations.
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  26. Athos

    Athos Well-Known Member

    I was forced to wear one at some friends' wedding. On what must have been the hottest day on record in Scotland, with a hangover. Fourteen pounds of wool! I embraced tradition and left off my pants. When I was standing in the church, I looked down and saw a pool of sweat that had dripped off my balls. They're separated now (the couple, not my balls).
  27. dessiato

    dessiato Looking for my shopping trolley

  28. gosub

    gosub ~#

    hire one
  29. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

  30. dessiato

    dessiato Looking for my shopping trolley

    The op says that he doesn't want to hire one.

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