What To Wear With A Kilt

Written by Willie MacDonald


Posted on February 19 2024

Are you wondering what to pair with your kilt for different occasions? Look no further! Whether you're attending a formal event or going on an outdoor adventure, this article has got you covered.

Discover the perfect outfit ideas for both men and women, including traditional Scottish accessories. With our styling tips, you'll be sure to rock your kilt with confidence and style.

Let’s get into it!

What Type of Underwear Should You Wear With A Kilt?

Let's not beat about the bawbags. You are here because you want to know if it’s practical to embrace being a true Scotsman and wear absolutely nothing under your kilt.

Going commando is obviously the traditional approach but if you're going to be in a kilt for longer than a photography session you might want something between your nether regions and the garb of William Wallace.

Because kilts tend to be relatively heavy (and a bit scratchy), we’d recommend something lightweight, breathable, and supportive in the underpants department

Cotton boxer shorts, or cooling sports underwear are two options for those who would prefer some support and comfort when wearing their favourite kilt. These undies will keep your bits under control whilst you Ceilidh the night away! 

Looking to pledge allegiance to your family clan? Why not match a pair of our Tartan boxer shorts to your traditional colours? Or take Oor Wullie for a whirl?

So really,the answer ultimately depends on what you want people's reactions to be when they inevitably sneak a look under your kilt…

“Oh my gosh when on earth did you get such cool, funky and comfortable looking boxers”


What To Wear With A Kilt For Formal Occasions

Now that we've tackled the big question of kilt-wearing, let's take a look at styling! Get ready to rock your kilt like the Monarch of the Glen.

For those fancy-pants occasions, elevate your kilt game by pairing it with a crisp white dress shirt and a tailored jacket. You'll look so sharp, you might just cut through the Scottish mist. Opt for a jacket that complements your kilt's hue; black or navy blue are always good choices. Most importantly make sure it fits like a glove. 

Complete the ensemble with black leather shoes and keep accessories to a minimum. Let that kilt steal the show!

What To Wear With A Kilt For Casual, Everyday Looks

Who says kilts are only for formal affairs?

Follow these top tips to easily transition from formal occasions to a look that will take you from the Highlands to the streets where you can strut your stuff in style. 

  • Graphic T-shirt: Pair your kilt with a cool graphic tee to add a modern edge to your look. Opt for bold prints or statement slogans to make a fashion statement OR one of our very own Bawbag Tees.
  • Denim jacket: Layering a denim jacket over your kilt instantly adds a casual and effortless vibe. Choose a distressed or oversized style for a more relaxed feel.
  • Trainers: Swap out your formal shoes for a pair of sneakers to complete your casual kilt ensemble. From classic white kicks to trendy chunky trainers, sanny be bops bring a laid-back and urban touch to your outfit.

What To Wear With A Kilt For Outdoor Adventures

When planning your outdoor adventures with a kilt, consider the practicality and versatility of your outfit. Kilts are made of sturdy stuff, but boy do they get heavy if you fall in the Loch!

Pair it with a sturdy pair of hiking boots to provide proper support and grip on uneven terrains.

To protect your ballerina-like legs from scratches and insect bites, consider wearing long socks or gaiters. Layering is crucial for unpredictable weather, so choose a moisture-wicking base layer, a lightweight and breathable mid-layer, and a waterproof outer layer. 

Don't forget to top it all off with a stylish hat and shades because all adventurers need a little flair.

What Traditional Scottish Accessories To Wear With A Kilt 

When it comes to traditional Scottish accessories to complement your kilt, consider incorporating items that showcase your Scottish heritage and enhance the overall look. Here are three options that can evoke a sense of pride and authenticity:

  • Sporran: A traditional pouch that hangs from the front of the kilt, and an ideal place to keep a spare pair of bawbags!
  • Ghillie Brogues: These traditional Scottish shoes feature long laces that wrap around the ankle. They not only provide a comfortable fit but are the best way to showcase your impressive knot tying skills.
  • Kilt Pin: This decorative pin is worn on the front apron of the kilt. It helps keep things in place and can act as a tiny kebab stick if you turn up at a barbecue unprepared. 

Incorporating these traditional Scottish accessories won't only complete your kilt outfit but also showcase your Scottish heritage with pride.

Kilt Styling Tips for Women

For all the fabulous ladies out there rocking kilts, we salute you! Pair your kilt with a fitted button-down shirt for that classic Highlander charm. Feeling chilly? Snuggle up in a cosy sweater because who says warmth can't be stylish? And if you're feeling bold, throw on a graphic tee or a printed blouse for some extra sass. Finish off your look with killer footwear because every Highlander deserves to strut her stuff.

How Will You Wear Yours?

So, whether you're attending a formal event, going for a casual look, exploring the outdoors, or adding traditional Scottish accessories, there are plenty of options for what to wear with a kilt.

Remember to consider the occasion and your personal style when choosing your outfit. Customise it to fit you! 

With the right pairing, you can rock your kilt with confidence and showcase your unique fashion sense- wih or without underwear.


How do I choose the right kilt size?

Measure your waist at navel height for an accurate size. Kilts are typically worn at the natural waistline, and the length should reach the middle of the knee.

Can women wear kilts?

Absolutely! Women can wear kilts, and there are various styles designed for them. The choice of kilt and accessories may vary, but the tradition is inclusive of both genders.

Can I wear any type of shoes with a kilt?

Yes, the choice of footwear depends on the occasion and personal style. Traditional options include Ghillie brogues, but you can also pair kilts with dress shoes, boots, or even casual trainers for a modern twist.

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