Kilt Sizing & Measuring

For proper sizing of our Economy, Standard or Heavyweight kilts, read below.  For Thrifty-Kilt sizing info, click here.

Measure your waist at the navel. Do not order your pants size! We want it to fit right the first time as much as you do. The size stated on your trousers tag might be smaller than what you measured (the garment industry often adds an inch or so to your waistband without telling you, so can feel thinner than you really are). Also, our kilts are worn a lot higher on the waist than your pants. There is unfortunately no formula where you can take your pants size and determine your kilt size; 2 people that wear the same size pants might need different size kilts.

Measure your waist at the navel. Have a helper, or read the measurement in a mirror. If you lean over to read the tape, it can make your waist expand!

Pull the tape TIGHT; as tight as the kilt would need to be to stay up.

Please note your measurements can vary throughout the day, you can take multiple measurements to get an average.

Our Economy, Standard & Heavyweight kilts are offered in EVEN waist sizes 30"- 52" (subject to available stock). Size is determined on our kilts with the buckles fastened at their tightest position. This means a 34" will go up to about 35.5", but it will not go down to 33". Kilts look & fit best with buckles at the tighter positions for maximum overlap. If you are not sure about size, keep in mind that you can alter a big kilt to a smaller (just re-position straps & buckles), it's very difficult to make a small kilt bigger.

Not every kilt maker goes by the tightest setting, so don't rely on the size of a different kilt. Measure!

As shown in the photo below, with the straps at the tightest setting you can use a ruler to verify size; this 18" ruler fits snugly inside the waistband of a 36" kilt. If you have a kilt from a different company, you can use this method to determine what size SWK kilt to order.

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Length* on our stock Standard, Economy & Heavyweight kilts is 24". This is a nominal length that may vary +/- 1/2". Our kilts are usually worn traditional-style, higher on the waist (about an inch above the navel, usually), not low on the hips. Some length adjustment is obtained by wearing the kilt higher or lower on the waist. These kilts are easily hemmed to any desired length, and hemming is essentially undetectable if done correctly (with a machine-sewn blind hem stitch). Only on the heaviest weights of kilt fabric does a hem become visible because of the thickness, and on lighter-weight kilts a hem can add weight to the bottom edge, making the fabric hang even better, behaving like a heavier-weight fabric. We strongly advise against cutting a kilt to shorten it. We do not offer hemming service at this time, this is best done by any local tailor/seamstress.

We can make custom lengths as a special order, contact us for details

Kilts must be in new condition (pleats still sewn down, unworn condition) to be eligible for size exchange or return. Please see our Ordering page for exchange info.

Customer will be responsible for the shipping (both ways) in the event of a size exchange


Sizing for Women: The kilts we sell are men's kilts that open on the right-hand side; women can certainly wear them, but fit may not always be optimal. Since the hip measurement is not much wider than the waist measurement, women with a small waist measurement in comparison to their hip measurement typically cannot wear our kilts at the waist without them being too tight at the hips. One option in this situation is to measure and wear the kilt lower on the hips. Women with waist measurements similar to their hips usually can wear them high on the waist without problem.


*We often get inquiries where the length is referred to as the "drop". Please note that "length" is not the same as "drop". There's a difference!

"Drop" is a partial measurement that is combined with the "rise" measurement to get the total length, those measurements are used for making custom-tailored kilts. For example, an expensive custom kilt might have a 22" drop and a 2" rise for a total length of 24", A high-waisted military kilt to fit the same person would have the same 22" drop, but maybe a 4" rise for a total length of 26", as the top edge will be higher on the waist, but the hip flare needs to still be in the same place. Usually the measuring point is the hip bone- measure down for the drop, up for the rise, combine the two for the total length. Since our kilts are not custom-tailored, we simply go by total length.