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Should You Rent or Buy Your Scottish Kilt?

Should You Rent or Buy Your Scottish Kilt?

Need a traditional highland dress for a special occasion? Wondering whether you should buy or rent one? You may want to ponder through a few considerations:

Is buying a kilt more expensive than renting?

On first thought, renting may sound cheaper than splurging to buy an authentic kilt. After all, a kilt is a complex piece of clothing. It takes up to eight yards of high-quality fabric to make one that’s tailored to your measurements. Renting a kilt does not come cheap either. High-quality kilts are supplied for rent as well as for sales. The kilt rental outlets have to refresh their stock or they are not in good condition. It may serve you better to consider one for long-term purposes. Do you plan to wear it just once? If you have reason to wear it (even two to three times a year), buying may work out as a wiser investment.

Do you really need a good fit?

A kilt should always fit you like a glove. A custom-fitted kilt is an ensemble that includes over a dozen accessories such as a jacket, vest, kit pin, etc. Off-the-shelf kits may not have the best fit for you. You may have to do with the standard pieces without all the little frills to complete it. If the kilt is loose at the waist or made with longer straps, you may not be comfortable. You wouldn’t want a kilt that looks clumsy on you in a theme wedding, would you? You may want to consider buying a good quality kilt if you are particular about the fitting. Many consider buying a kilt to start and renting the accessories to keep the costs down. It is a good way to “test-drive” a new look.

Should you wear your own tartan?

Tartans represent the family or clan from where it originated. There are thousands of names affiliated to groups you can identify with – from regional tartans, city tartans, business tartans and more. Renting outlets may not stock one that distinctly represents you but, rather, contemporary (modern) tartans that anyone can wear. Would you want to turn up in an exact print as another guest who rented from the same store? If you have a Scottish lineage, a special occasion is the perfect time to wear it with pride. Buying one may you give you the liberty to choose the tartan associated with your lineage. It is a matter of great pride to hand down your exclusive possession to the next generation. You might want to give this some thought.

Will a rented kilt be as high quality as a custom-fitted one?

Rental kilts are well made but can be a little lighter as there can be less yards of cloth. You can choose a premium, medium weight fabric if you have to buy one. On the other hand, a medium weight fabric may not fall as well as a heavier one.. There is also the concern about who wore your rented kilt last and whether it was dry cleaned properly, if at all. It helps to remember that traditionally, kilt wearers sometimes go “commando.” If you are cringing at that thought, you may want to consider owning one.

How about tracing your family history and wearing it with pride?

Wearing your own custom-made kilt, in your own tartan gives you a sense of pride, especially when you are surrounded by others flaunting their lineage. Unless you rent from a trusted source that really understands your needs, you may want to consider investing in your own exclusive kilt. It may give you a good reason to remember the occasion forever.

TartanTown - Your Scottish Department Store for Over 40 years

If you are shopping to rent a kilt, trust TartanTown to help you out. We have been in the business for over 40 years, providing premium kilts made in Scotland for weddings, graduations, birthdays and special dinners, for both purchase and rent. All kilts from Tartantown are made in Scotland.

We can help you discover your roots to choose the right tartan, find the right fabrics and get custom fitted authentic kilts with accessories, made to exact measurements, that you can wear with pride. Fittings are by appointment only. Email us or call to schedule an appointment.