Buying a Kilt v Kilt hire, the results are itchy… I mean shocking!

We all know that a kilt is an expensive purchase, but when you think of all the suits you’ll be buying over the years compared to one kilt that is specifically made to last a lifetime, is it really? You could go down the kilt hire route. Let’s just say you are getting married and of course you’re only going to wear the kilt once, no wait, sorry that’s the wedding dress.

Hiring the kilt is great but there are a few disadvantages; you are not likely to get your own tartan, it won’t fit as well as a bespoke kilt and you might not even get what you ask for on the day of rental, which if it is your wedding day can be a disaster. There is also hygiene to think about, how many times have you hired a kilt and gone ‘commando’ do you think you’re the only one that has done so? Has the kilt been cleaned properly from the last customer who wore it?

A wee story for you; There was a gentleman that hired a kilt for his special day and like most decided not to wear any underwear. Unfortunately, the hire firm, who shall remain nameless, had not cleaned the kilt properly before hiring it out again and our hero of the story caught, let’s call it, a wee beastie. His wife was non-too pleased and didn’t believe him, let’s face it, would you?

Don’t get me wrong, hiring the kilt from a reputable company can be good but nothing will ever compare to wearing your own bespoke traditional hand sewn kilt made in your own tartan. It’s a piece of your history a piece of you and it’s something you know you will be proud to wear time and again.


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About Nikki Laird

I am a daft kilt maker who loves finding out about new interesting information about Scotland and work here at ScotClans

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3 thoughts on “Buying a Kilt v Kilt hire, the results are itchy… I mean shocking!

  1. fashion kilt

    In my opinion ad with experiance , buy a kilt is much more better than rent out a kilt. Because rent we pay is actually about the total cost of new kilt.

  2. Donald Mackie

    i have always wanted to own my own kilt it is my dream to wear the mackie clan as i am aproud scot
    and to wear my own tartan is the biggest hope left in my life plus i get back my roots that was taken away from
    me by my dad


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