How to choose a tartan.
Choosing a tartan for a kilt can be a fun and meaningful process. Here are some steps to help you choose the right tartan:
- Consider your heritage: Many people choose a tartan that reflects their family's clan or tartan. If you have Scottish or Celtic ancestry, you may want to research your family's history and find a tartan that represents your heritage.
- Choose a universal tartan: There are many universal tartans available, like Black Watch, Irish Heritage, Scottish Heritage, etc. which are not specifically connected to any family and make nice options for everyone.
- Choose based on color scheme: Tartans come in a wide variety of colors, so you may want to consider what colors you like or what colors would look best on you. You could also choose colors that have personal meaning or significance.
- Consider the occasion: If you are planning to wear the kilt for a specific occasion, such as a wedding or a formal event, you may want to choose a tartan that is appropriate for the occasion. For example, often bridal parties will opt for a universal tartan for groomsmen, while the groom wears his family tartan.
- Consider your budget: We have many kilt options at HighlandKilt.com. Our budget kilts start under $50, but are only available in a limited range of tartan options. Our Premium Kilt Range offers around 170 tartans in stock and ready to ship. And we offer over 500 tartans in our high end, custom made wool kilt range.
- Seek advice: If you are unsure about which tartan to choose, seek advice from a kilt retailer or kilt maker. They can help you identify appropriate tartans and provide guidance on the best weight and material for your needs.
Ultimately, the tartan you choose should be one that you feel comfortable and confident wearing, and one that has personal meaning or significance to you. If you need any assistance choosing a tartan, contact us anytime for guidance!