Our Semi Traditional Kilt is made from the best “non wool” tartan fabric available: a 12 oz Polyester Viscose material that is woven in the UK. This fabric is very hard wearing, has Low Pill™ technology to resist pilling and is Teflon® coated to resist stains. It also holds a crisp pleat and is easy to iron.
The Semi Traditional Kilt is great for the budget minded customer who wants to wear his kilt in a traditional manner. It’s also good for the customer who has a wool kilt and wants something less expensive or lighter weight for wearing to the pub or outside in the summer months. It will look good in both casual as well as formal settings. From sporting events and concerts to highland games, dinners or weddings, this kilt will see you through a great variety of events in style. Wear it any time you wish to dress more authentically... or wear it with a T Shirt! The Semi Traditional kilt provides a multitude of wardrobe options in one quality garment.
Measuring for your kilt: We would ask that you measure carefully for our kilts. Since these are custom made to fit the measurements provided, you will need to be sure of the exact sizing. We will not refund in the case of mistakes in measuring. Detailed measuring instructions can be found in the "Measuring Instructions" tab below this text.
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".
Make sure to use a good sewing tape measure. If you don't have a sewing tape measure, you can use a leather belt to measure. Wrap it around you, mark it and then lay it flat on a metal tape measure to get the measurement.
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.
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 Rocky@USAKilts.com
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- Always impressed Grant
Quality Price ValueThis is the 2nd kilt I’ve purchased from USA Kilts. Both times they’ve reached out and made contact with me before shipping. The work is outstanding quality, the price point is a little higher than some places... and that difference is buying the exceptional service and craftsmanship. I have purchased another kilt from another kilt maker that I was unsatisfied with before. USA Kilts have the best selection of tartans/accessories out of all the places I’ve researched. Convenience, quality, service. I love these guys. (Posted on 12/23/2019)
- Surprised! Pip
Quality Price ValueThis PV kilt is of MUCH higher quality than I expected. The color of the Robertson Red is vibrant and the hang is great, including the “swish” of the pleats.
The straps are much sturdier than my 33 year old kilt made in Scotland, so I don’t need to worry about them wearing out. I do wish there was a lining inside around the waist.
I DO have to deal with lining it up at the waist as it is not as thick as a wool kilt. It has a tendency to fold up. And I will need the buckles moved. When I first tried it on, it caught at the middle hole on the straps, but even after gaining a little weight over Thanksgiving I am having to use the holes nearest the apron. I’ll need to have the buckles moved back about 2”. Measure small!!
Still, I am overall very pleased with this kilt and appreciate the skill applied to its construction. Thanks, USA Kilts!! (Posted on 11/29/2019)
- I love it! macmanjim
Price Value QualityWhile it's a little on the expensive side, it's worth it. I have bought kilts made in South Asia and they don't compare. I really wanted to spend my money in the US and wanted something better and I finally got it. So far I wear it hiking and on walks. I do about 21-24 miles a week. I plan on wearing it to the Burns Dinner next year. I hope to get a wool kilt from USA Kilts some day in Buchanan Ancient, something in 16oz. Thanks Rocky. (Posted on 11/20/2019)
- Happiness Achieved Claudette
Price Value QualityI purchased the semi-traditional kilt in the Farquharson Modern for my 23 yo grandson as his first kilt. You must have really good measuring instructions because it fits him as if he were there at your shop to be measured. He wants you to know that he could not be happier and to give you 5 stars in all categories. (Posted on 10/26/2019)
- Wicked! Nick
Value Quality PriceI was surprised at the simple construction at first, but the quality and craftsmanship, look and feel was beyond my expectations. Very happy. (Posted on 9/26/2019)
- Knight in a Kilt!! Greg
Price Value QualityThe Sterling Tartan is Handsome and Regal! This Tartan looks great with all of my Golf Shirts and Grey and Blue Commando Sweaters!! I Love it (Posted on 8/19/2019)
- Unbeatable Pete
Price Value QualityThis is outstanding for the money. When I lived in Scotland I wore an 8 yard wool kilt but even there it was hot in summer. Now I live in TX and this is comfortable as can be. The pv breathes great while still hanging like wool - honestly, I don't even feel a hankering for wool again. Excellent value on a quality garment. (Posted on 8/14/2019)
- Proud Albannach!! Greg
Price Value QualityWonderful Colors! Great Tartan - Well thought out by Rocky and James of Albannach!! - Heritage of each color came together beautifully!! Kilt is Gorgeous (Posted on 8/14/2019)
- Love this kilt Cameraman Kris
Price Value QualityI love this solid black kilt. It looks great and is well made. I’m a camera operator in Hollywood and wear black clothing while working. This is more comfortable than shorts. It does raise a few eyebrows but wth, it’s show biz! (Posted on 8/6/2019)
- Outstanding! Rascal
Quality Price ValueMy first 'proper' kilt and from a great company. Workmanship is excellent. Fit is exactly to the measurements I gave. This is a great value and a beautiful kilt. I'm on my way to becoming a Serial Kilter! :) (Posted on 7/25/2019)
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- 5 to 7 Yards of 12 oz. PV material woven in the UK
- Available in over 100 stock tartans
- Teflon® coated for stain resistance
- Low Pill™ technology
- Machine washable
- Holds a crisp pleat and is easy to iron
- Individually tailored to your measurements
- Top Stitched (stitches visible on close inspection)
- 1” Pleats
- “One thread margin of error” on lining up the pleats
- Proper tapering down the fell to conform to body shape
- 100% Machine Sewn
- Good, but slightly reduced “swing” due to yardage used
- 3 real leather straps and strong cast buckles
- 2 belt loops on back
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