Men in Kilts, Men's Skirts, Sarongs and Other Kilt-like Clothing
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Utilikilts - A well-known enterprise in Seattle, Washington, offering workman- and commando-styled kilts with cargo pockets and belt loops, in camouflage material, denim, and other fabrics. (See photo.) The original "standard" model (which had a front fly and pleats all around) has been largely replaced by the "neo-traditional" model, which wraps around and has a front panel like a regular kilt. Utilikilts are extremely practical, have the convenience of cargo pants, are machine washable, are easy to sit and walk in, and are even more comfortable than regular kilts. They have revolutionized the concept of kilts and are spearheading the movement to popularize male unbifurcated garments.
AmeriKilts, Inc. - A enterprise near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, making reasonably priced, individually made casual kilts in solid black, olive, tan, and tiger-stripe camouflage, made from cotton-polyester blended fabric. AmeriKilts have a full front apron, fastened with six snaps, a rear hip pocket, and a roomy, detachable cloth sporran in front. (See photo.) Having much less fabric and shallower pleats than a regular kilt, AmeriKilts are trim in appearance and ideal for warmer weather and casual wear. They can be made to your individual waist size and length preference. (When measuring length, be aware that they start about an inch higher than trousers.)
Kinloch Anderson - Scottish kilt makers who offer the "Breacan," a very comfortable light-weight kilted garment for men. It is ideal for warmer weather and casual wear and significantly less expensive than the traditional kilt. (See photo.) Kinloch Anderson also sells traditional Scottish Highland wear.
TFCK- 21st Century Kilts - Real men's kilts by Howie R. Nicholsby in Edinburgh, offered in a variety of fabrics and styles. (See photo.) For the past decade, TFCK has been revolutionizing the image of kilts in Scotland and United Kingdom.
Bear Kilts - Casual kilts from British Columbia, Canada, made of soft, lightweight poly/viscose fabric, available in a number of tartans or solid black.
Neo Kilts - A new supplier of casual, non-tartan kilts, with adjustable buckles and two hidden pockets, located in Washington state.
USA Kilts - A maker of a casual kilts in a variety of tartans and fabrics (as well as some more traditional kilts), located in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
Freedom Kilts - A maker of casual kilts in Victoria, British Columbia, offering a variety of options for pockets.
Burnett's and Struth - A Canadian supplier of kilts and Scottish wear.
E-Kilts - An Internet source of traditional Scottish kilts, located in Edinburgh.
Hector Russell, Kiltmaker - A Scottish kiltmaking company that offers traditional kilts and Highland wear.
Heritage Of Scotland.com - Supplier of traditional and casual kilts and accessories, located in Edinburgh.
Highland Heritage - A source of quality kilts and Scottish goods in the United States, located in Elkton, MD.
Highland Store - A Scottish-goods shop, with locations in London, which sells moderately priced men's kilts in a limited number of tartans, made of Saxony wool (which is not nearly as durable as the usual worsted wool).
J. Higgins, Ltd. - An American supplier of kilts and Scottish wear, located in Kansas.
McRok - A supplier of traditional and casual kilts, located in Scotland.
North Channel Kilts - A supplier of kilts, located in Seattle, Washington. "Casual kilts" are also available.
Scottish Design Highland Dress - A Scottish-trained kiltmaker on Vancouver Island, B.C.
Scottish Kilts.net - A relatively inexpensive on-line source of traditional kilts made in Scotland.
The Scottish Lion - A supplier of Scottish wear, located in New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Nova Scotia, which also offers a selection of casual kilts.
The Celtic Croft (formerly The Shetland Piper) - Supplier of Scottish goods, including budget, casual, formal, and great kilts.
Scotweb Store - Scottish internet retailer of kilts and Highland Dress. Its website includes a comprehensive tartan finder.
Sport Kilt - Light-weight, inexpensive, ready-made kilts for sports or very casual wear, with several tartan patterns to choose from. (See photo.) A new addition is the "Boulder Kilt," which comes in black, khaki, olive drab, gun metal gray, and woodland camo.
Running Kilts - Not actually kilts, more like unbifurcated running shorts for men. No inseam to chafe the crotch or bunch up between the legs. From Scot Action Sports.
Stillwater Kilts - A maker of inexpensive acrylic kilts in economy, standard, and heavy weights, in limited tartans and sizes, located in Minnesota.
AMOK - A Swiss enterprise that designs and sells skirts for men, with outlets in Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Just Change by J'DEZ - A new line of kilts, skirts, and sarongs for men.
LungiMan Surf Designs - Surfing "kilts" (actually, they are more like sarongs) in a number of patterns. (See photo.)
Men in Time, by AndersLandinger. An enterprise in Munich, Germany, that designs and sells a variety of long and not-so-long skirts for men. Stylish but expensive. (See photo.)
Midas Clothing.com - A British designer and merchandiser of men's skirts, in many styles and fabrics. (See photo.)
Deva Lifewear - Products include a unisex "djellaba" and a unisex "Morocco robe," listed under "Lounge and Sleepwear" (see photo).
Macabi Skirts - Promoted as "the original adventure travel skirt" and sold in both men's and women's sizes, this adjustable unbifurcated garment can be worn as a long skirt, a short skirt, or as shorts. It is a favorite of male white-water rafters in the American Southwest (as seen in the photo).
Mountain Kilt - A unisex hiking "kilt" (actually, a nylon wrap skirt with pockets and no pleats, fastening on the left) from Mountain Hardwear. (See photo.) This was favorably reviewed by a male hiker in Backpacker Magazine, who extolled the new-found comfort of hiking in an unbifurcated garment. (Caution: We have received a report from one customer that the "XL" waist size he ordered came smaller than indicated on the unisex sizing chart. This product is not currently listed on Mountain Hardwear's website, although some suppliers still list it.)
Photographs: Standard, original model "Utilikilt" in olive; the "Breacan" from Kinloch Anderson; a Twenty-First Century Kilt; Amerikilt in black; "Hillwalker" kilt, from Hector Russell; Sport Kilt; Lip Service "Guy's Hellbent for Leather Kilt"; LungiMan "SurfKilt"; Men in Time man's long skirt; man's pleated skirt from Midas Clothing; "Morocco Robe" from Deva Lifewear; Macabi worn by white-water rafter in Utah; Mountain Hardware "Mountain Kilt," as shown in Backpacker Magazine.
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