Thrifty Kilt Sizing

This page has Thrifty Kilt sizing info. Click here to see the sizing info page for our other kilts.

For proper sizing, 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 no formula where you can take your pants size and determine your kilt size.

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

For sizing on our Velcro Thrifty-Kilts, see the table below. It's not the same as our other kilts.

Length* on our adult Thrifty-Kilts™ is 24".This is a nominal length that may vary +/- 1/2" (+/- 1 inch for youth sizes). 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.

Thrifty-Kilt™ Sizing:

Waist size is measured with Velcro at 100% overlap, fringe edge touching first pleat. These kilts have just under 2" of adjustment either direction.

If you are right between two sizes, order the LARGER size.

Thrifty Kilt size chart

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. Our Economy and Standard kilts have different tailoring that may work better for some women. 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.