Things To Consider While Choosing the best Kilt Outfit for any Wedding

Kilt Outfit

Whether you’re planning a formal black-tie event or opting for a more casual approach, we’ve picked out everything you need to know about buying a kilt outfit for your wedding. If you’re a guest planning to attend a wedding where a kilt outfit may be expected, don’t worry: this guide will be just as useful for you. Here’s everything you need to make an informed kilt outfit purchase for your wedding day, in one handy guide!

Why Buy a Kilt Outfit?

Picking the right kilt outfit for your wedding (or someone else’s) can be difficult. What kind of jacket should you wear with your kilt? What about accessories- do you need all of them? Is it even worth it to buy your kilt outfit, or should you just hire one for the weekend?

We’ve put our guide together with two scenarios in mind: a formal, traditional wedding, and a more semi-formal option. Regardless of which outfit you choose, we recommend buying your kilt outfit rather than hiring.


Think about your big day. Or better yet, think about your fiance thinking about your big day. Do you want her imagining you in a made-to-measure kilt, complete with a tasteful jacket and accessories to match? Or do you want her imagining you in a stock kilt outfit that dozens of others have worn? If you’re the best man or a groomsman, wouldn’t you want to look your best for your friend’s special day?

It’s also important to mention that most kilt hire companies only carry a set collection of stock tartans. If you want to wear a specific tartan that’s meaningful to you, you may even find that kilt hire companies don’t have your tartan as an option. In this case, buying your kilt outfit may be your only choice, unless you’re willing to compromise on wearing a tartan that you’re not as attached to.

Your kilt can also be worn for many other occasions ranging from other weddings to dinner parties, so if you know you’ll need a kilt outfit in the future, you should know that hiring your kilt outfit will, over time, end up costing a comparable amount.

The Elements of a Kilt Outfit (and how to pick the right outfit for your wedding)

  • Formal Wedding

If the wedding you’re attending is traditional and formal attire is expected, look no further than the Prince Charlie outfit. Think of the Prince Charlie outfit as the tuxedo of kilt outfits. These days, the Prince Charlie outfit is widely considered the obvious choice for a refined, impressive, and luxurious look.

  • The Tuxedo of Kilt Outfits

The Prince Charlie jacket is characterized by a set of three buttons on either side of the jacket and hangs low at the back, almost like a tailcoat. The traditional choice of color is black, but other shades may sometimes be worn as well.

You will also want to make sure that your kilt outfit comes with a matching 3 button vest in the same color as your jacket. Most retailers will include the vest by default, but it’s always good to double-check and make sure that’s the case.

It’s also important to note that you would not typically wear a belt and belt buckle with a Prince Charlie outfit. Because of the way the outfit is worn, they’d be covered by garments anyway. Not to worry though- there’s plenty of options for personalizing your Prince Charlie outfit with a wide array of accessories!

Accessorize Your Prince Charlie Kilt Outfit

Because of the grand appearance that the Prince Charlie outfit offers the wearer, the accessories worn should complement this level of formality.

  • Footwear:

No Prince Charlie outfit is complete without a set of smart brogues to match. The most common recommendation is a pair of ghillie brogues, but a pair of nice buckle brogues can be just as suitable. You’ll want to wear them over a set of hose (socks) which compliment the accent color of your kilt. Otherwise, you can consider getting an off-white ecru (cream) color which has become popular in recent years. Just make sure you avoid pure white, as they are generally reserved for piper outfits and frowned upon for most other outfits.

  • Flashes:

Flashes are small decorative pieces of fabric attached to the top of your hose. Aside from their decoration, they also help hold up your hose. Ideally, flashes should be in the same tartan as your kilt, or at least in a color that compliments it.

  • Sporran:

A Prince Charlie kilt outfit should also boast a prominent choice of the sporran. As this is the most visible accessory you will wear, you’ll want a full dress sporran to elevate the outfit. A full dress sporran will typically have a metal top called a cantle, with a fur body.

  • Sgian Dubh:

A Sgian Dubh is a small knife that is tucked into your hose. Only the handle of the knife should be visible, and it should be worn on your dominant side. There’s a large range of Sgian Dubhs available for purchase out there, but for a Prince Charlie outfit, you’ll want to get a more ornate dress Sgian Dubh where the handle is topped by a gem or crest.

  • Kilt Pin:

The purpose of a kilt pin is to add weight and decoration to your kilt. Kilt pins vary in level of ornateness, but an especially luxurious outfit warrants a kilt pin to match! This is a great opportunity to personalize your outfit and make it yours.

  • Fly Plaid:

A fly plaid is a piece of cloth that attaches to the jacket at the front and is draped over the shoulder to add a final touch of magnificence. It is by no means necessary, however. Fly plaids are usually reserved for the groom, best man, or father of the bride at a, particularly formal wedding. Guests and groomsmen should steer clear of fly plaids to ensure that these central figures stand out above everyone else.

Semi-Formal Wedding

If Prince Charlie is not to your taste, then an Argyll kilt outfit may be the one for you! Though considered by some to be slightly less formal, the Argyll outfit is still distinguished and in many ways more versatile than a Prince Charlie outfit.

An Outfit for any Occasion

Similar to the Prince Charlie jacket, the Argyll jacket will still have a set of buttons down each cuff, though there will be fewer of them and they will be arranged differently. An Argyll jacket will likely also feel more familiar, as it does not sit as high and tight as the Prince Charlie jacket.

For a wedding, you’ll want to wear a plain spread collar white shirt with a single color tie that matches one color from your kilt. If you’d like to introduce some more formality to the outfit, however, you can instead wear a plain wing collar white shirt with a black bow tie.

Accessorize Your Argyll Kilt Outfit

Just because an Argyll kilt outfit is considered less formal, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay attention to accessories! In fact, because of the versatility that the Argyll outfit offers, you may consider getting accessories that you can mix and match to complete a look suitable for many occasions other than weddings.

Clothes Make the Man

Choosing the right kilt outfit for the occasion can be a daunting task, especially if you’re trying to plan for a wedding at the same time! We hope that our guide lifts the pressure a bit and serves you well in your search. We can’t guarantee that the wedding you’ll attend will be a hit, but we can certainly promise that your Wedding Kilt Rental will be!

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Since our beginning in 1998, Kilt Rental USA has provided authentic, imported Scottish goods to those celebrating Celtic heritage.

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