Kilt Required Urgently!

#1
Hi troops and troopettes,
I'm going to a mate's wedding at the end of the month and he's just asked me to wear a kilt (he's a Scot too, and he doesn't want to be the only one in a kilt at the wedding).

I've seen plenty on Ebay, but they seem to be either acrylic, or really expensive, and since my car has just had a trip to the workshop again, spending 300-400 quid is out of the question.

Unfortunately I'm not UK based anymore, so finding a kilt isn't as easy as it would be if I were at home, therefore places with a website are probably my best bet.

I'm after a kilt in Lamont tartan preferably, but I may settle for something generic if I can't get anything else.

Any suggestions?

Regards
T_T
 
#4
#6
Hi again people,
I've had a bit of a look round, both on the posted links (thanks everybody) and elsewhere on the net, and it looks like I'm going to have serious difficulty getting a kilt in the correct tartan in time for the wedding.

The question is, which tartan do I get instead? I've had a look at some of the generic tartans, and I haven't really found one I like and which has a similar pattern to Lamont tartan (if I can't get the right one, I'd at least like to get one that was close).

Any suggestions?

Cheers
T_T
 
#7
TT

Try these guys

http://www.kilt-shop-scotland.com/hire.html

I had my kilt made here but they have Lamont listed as a hire tartan, they are very helpful and reasonably priced.

You can wear any district/generic tartan ie: caledonian, jacobite, culloden, Black watch but the one you should not wear is Campbell or any directly associated with the campbells..as they destroyed your clan.

Edited to add..If you can find a connection to Fraser, and you have a 34-36 inch waist, have a look at "fraser dress" tartan on the above site and you can borrow mine if you are willing to front the postage.
 
#8
Thanks for the offer Pocoyo, but unfortunately I've absolutely no connection to the Fraser clan.

I will of course be steering well clear of the Campbells. Thanks for the heads up though.

Looks like Black Watch is my best bet then.

Cheers
T_T
 
#9
Failing that maybe you could look at the Scottish National Tartan or the pride of Scotland? BOth fairly attractive weaves.
 
#10
Just tell them it's a Laphroaig tartan, they'll never know.
 
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#11
Tartan_Terrier said:
Hi troops and troopettes,
I'm going to a mate's wedding at the end of the month and he's just asked me to wear a kilt (he's a Scot too, and he doesn't want to be the only one in a kilt at the wedding).

I've seen plenty on Ebay, but they seem to be either acrylic, or really expensive, and since my car has just had a trip to the workshop again, spending 300-400 quid is out of the question.

Unfortunately I'm not UK based anymore, so finding a kilt isn't as easy as it would be if I were at home, therefore places with a website are probably my best bet.

I'm after a kilt in Lamont tartan preferably, but I may settle for something generic if I can't get anything else.

Any suggestions?

Regards
T_T
Which is gaelic for 'fat untrustworthy car salesman.
 
#12
Biscuits_AB said:
Which is gaelic for 'fat untrustworthy car salesman.
Are you a Campbell then Biscuits?
 
#13
The concept of tartans being associated with clans is, IIRC, fairly new. I seemt to recall it was originally quoted by Sir Walter Scott for a royal visit to Edinburgh.

Just wear any tartan and talk lucidly about it being something else.
 
#14
It largely will depend on if you just want to only hire the kilt in which case most kilt hire shops should be able to accomodate you. If on the other hand you want the outfit to keep you will be looking at around £1300 for the prince charlie outfit plus kilt. I would reccomend the heavyweight kilt it is much better. Don't worry about the cost as just wearing the kilt 10 times and you will have paid for it if you compare the costs of hirining either the kilt or a suit.
 
#15
fish-head said:
The concept of tartans being associated with clans is, IIRC, fairly new. I seemt to recall it was originally quoted by Sir Walter Scott for a royal visit to Edinburgh.

Just wear any tartan and talk lucidly about it being something else.

I've resigned myself to not getting the correct tartan. All the kiltmakers I've contacted can offer me either Royal Stewart, or weird and wonderful tartans (all the ones they can't sell I think) in various shades of purple and/or pink.

As to talking lucidly about anything, that's only for the first hour or two, after that all bets are off.

T_T
 
#17
isongard said:
why not just for now choose the flower of scotland tartan and for the next occasion order your own family tartan?
I'm planning on getting a generic tartan for now, but it won't be 'Flower of Scotland' as I don't really like the look of it.

I'm just hoping that lots of my friends get married within the next few years so I'll have an excuse to wear all the gear once I've bought it.
 
#19
just to add if you have left it too late to get a kilt made, order one from Geoffrey tailor and they will give you a free hire for the wedding
 
#20
Cheers for the link Vandyke, but I've bought most of the gear now, and only need to get the kilt (perhaps I should have bought that first?).
 
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