Free U.S. Shipping
As we approach America’s Semiquincentennial anniversary, we reflect on what makes this nation good. Over the last 250 years, why have so many people come to THIS place in search of a better life?
Since our founding in 1776, America has held out a promise to the world… an ideal we are guided by to this day: The American Dream. These simple words encapsulate a concept rooted in optimism…and hope. The idea that no matter your ethnicity, your race, your religion, there’s a place dedicated to allowing you to work for a better life. A place where your talents and your determination can shape your future. That no one has the right to put up roadblocks to stop you. Self-determination. Personal freedom. Hope. That is the “lamp beside the golden door” that attracted our immigrant ancestors to America and continues to attract people from all over the world.
We wanted to design a tartan to celebrate THAT America. For our new American Dream tartan, we started with 76 blue threads to memorialize 1776. Then we added 13 red stripes - one for each original colony. And finally, in the center of the blue field, you’ll see a gold stripe. Our nod to the 'golden door' watched over by Lady Liberty. All together, we feel we’ve created a rich and beautiful design. A tartan any proud American can enjoy.
This tartan was designed by Rocky (aka William) Roeger, USA Kilts, 2022. The name "American Dream Tartan" and the tartan pattern itself are both ©2022 by William Roeger, USA Kilts. This tartan is ONLY available through USA Kilts and may not be reproduced anywhere without the expressed written consent of USA Kilts.
A Traditional kilt is worn higher than your pants, just above the belly button (for larger customers, just above the WIDEST part of your belly). This is where the top of the kilt will sit.
DO NOT HOLD YOUR STOMACH IN. You’ll only going to get a kilt that's too small. Just relax and stand "at ease".
The tape measure should be snug – as snug as you will be wearing the kilt.
*Note: It will probably be 2 to 4 inches more than your pants size. This is common.
*TIP: BIG guys with large bellies may want to wear the kilt around the naval, as it gives a more flattering appearance.
With the same tape measure, measure around the absolute largest part of your rear.
Take this measurement a little LOOSELY. You should be able to slide a finger between the tape measure and your body when you measure.
This is your HIP measurement. In most cases, it's about 4-6 inches larger than the waist measurement.
If possible, it’s best to take this measurement wearing shorts and a form fitting shirt. There are 3 different ways to measure length:
1) With assistance
2) With bath towel assistance3) Without assistance
1) Length Measurement with assistance
Stand tall with your back straight. Do NOT look down or bend over as this will change the length measurement. Just stand tall and face forward.
Have the other person measure down the SIDE of your leg. On your side, put the "0" end of the tape measure at the top of where your kilt will be (the same height you took your waist measurement from). Measure from that point down the side of your body to the middle of your knee.
The number on the tape that is right where the bottom edge of the kilt will be is the length.
2) Length Measurement with bath towel assistance
Take a bath towel and FOLD IT so that it is 24" long.
Wear a pair of shorts, so you can see your knees and stand roughly 10 feet back from a full length mirror. Hold the towel up to your waist, putting the top of the towel at the spot you took the waist measurement… just above the belly button.
If the 24" length hits below your knee, shorten the towel by folding another inch or two, so that the bottom edge hits you square in the middle of the kneecap.
If the 24" length hits above your knee, lengthen the towel by unfolding an inch or two, so that the bottom edge hits you square in the middle of the kneecap.
Once you have the top of the towel sitting at the top of where you want to wear the kilt and the bottom edge hitting the middle of your knee, measure the length of the folded towel from the top to the bottom. That will be your kilt length measurement
3) Length measurement without assistance
Kneel on the floor with your back straight. You're going to measure down the SIDE of your leg to the floor.
From the top of where your kilt will be (the same height you took your waist measurement from), measure down the side of your body to the floor down the side of your leg. It's easier to put the "0" end of the tape measure barely touching the floor and the numbered end at the top.
SUBTRACT 1" FROM THIS MEASUREMENT to have the kilt sit at the middle of the knee.
Use the following chart for reference. These are typical height / length measurements.
If you need assistance measuring, please do not hesitate to contact us: 800.368.8633 or [email protected]