The history of the kilt
The kilt is a traditional garment symbolic of Scottish culture, worn by Highland men and more particularly by soldiers in the army. Traditionally, men were not supposed to wear underwear with their kilts!
Originally, the kilt was a large cloth, 6 to 7 meters long, made of wool. By its length, it was worn over clothing all around the body and was folded over the shoulder. But to allow more fluid movements and more efficiency for men in combat, the kilts are shortened to become the version we know today: a skirt stopping at knee height.
Wearing the kilt was banned in the 18th century following the Jacobite uprising before reappearing in 1782 and becoming a strong symbol of freedom and identity among the Scottish people. It was a few years later that the kilt took on its famous tartans, chequered patterns each representing a Scottish clan.
The kilt for any occasion
Comfortable and original, the kilt is now worn all over the world, by anyone regardless of their nationality and for any occasion: ceremony, sporting or cultural event and even on a daily basis.
The fashion world has appropriated the kilt and its tartans, which come in trousers and are also worn by women.
For a casual everyday look, you can combine your kilt with a very comfortable woollen sweater for winter, or a simple t-shirt in summer for a more rock side.
For a more formal outfit, adopt the total look with socks, shirt and jacket combined with essential accessories: sporran, kilt pins, flashes and beret!