Shop Irish, Scottish & Welsh Kilts from USA Kilts
Whether you're going to a wear a kilt to a wedding or wear one every day, USA Kilts has the right men's kilt for you. Each custom kilt, whether casual or formal, is made to your precise measurements by a kilt maker right here in our Pennsylvania shop. If the measuring process or the number of options are a bit overwhelming, sit back, relax and watch the videos we've created to help educate customers on our different men's kilt models.
Some sort of kilt-type garment has been worn in Scotland for centuries. For most of history, this was the Great Kilt (Gaelic: Feileadh Mòr), a long piece of cloth which was hand pleated and wrapped around the wearer. People still wear them for fun and some special occasions such as theme weddings, Renaissance fairs, historical reenactments, etc. Most of the kilts we are familiar with nowadays are modeled after the "short kilt" (or "little wrap", Gaelic: Feileadh beag) which originated in the late 18th century and was perfected by the Victorians in the 19th century. This is a more tailored piece of clothing -- the pleats are sewn in and the fabric is cut, sewn and reinforced to make an attractive, form-fitting and durable garment which is fastened with leather straps and buckles. Originally, most short kilts used around five yards of tartan wool cloth in their construction. The Victorian era saw the development of the more impressive eight-yard kilt. Eight-yard kilts are now quite standard, especially for formal highland dress or for bagpipe bands. Five yard kilts are considered "day wear" or "casual wear" in Scotland and are quite easy to wear and more affordable even if they don't have quite the same "swing" as an eight-yard. You may be wondering about Irish kilts. Yes, the Irish wear kilts, but the tradition of doing so only dates back to about the turn of the 19th century when Irish nationalists promoted the idea. Similarly, the Welsh kilting tradition is very young having started in the 1990s, but is growing fast. Anyone with pride in their Celtic heritage can wear a kilt. As can anyone who simply admires the kilt as a unique and handsome part of a man's wardrobe.