How to measure a kilt


  • It’s easiest to have someone measure you
  • Stand straight up and relax
  • Measure at points shown without holding your breath
  • Ensure measurement is not taken over thick clothing
  • Tape measure should be snug but not too tight
  • All measurements should be taken in inches



Kilt Measuring Guide Image

Expected Kilt Length

Normally, your kilt length will correspond with the following guides. If it’s significantly different, try taking the measurements again. If it’s slightly different, then it could be down to preference or body shape. See our notes below for more info.

Height 5′ 6″ to 5′ 7″    =    22″ to 22.5″ kilt length
Height 5′ 8 to 5′ 9″    =    23″ to 23.5″ kilt length
Height 5′ 10″ to 5′ 11″    =    24″ to 24.5″ kilt length
Height 6′ to 6′ 2″    =    24.5″ to 25.5″ kilt length
Height 6′ 3″ to 6″ 4″    =    26″ to 26.5″ kilt length
Height 6′ 5″ to 6′ 7″    =    27″ to 27.5″ kilt length

Please note:

The length of your kilt drop will depend on how high you want to wear the kilt on your waist. If wearing a short jacket such as a Prince Charlie Jacket, you may want to have your kilt an inch or two longer so that it sits higher on your waist. However, standard kilts should always be worn to the middle of the knee cap, while military kilts are worn a little shorter to the top of the knee cap. When measuring the kilt length, the wearer should kneel and have someone take a measurement from where the top of the kilt will sit, down to the floor.

Where you wear the kilt on your waist is entirely up to you, and is down to personal preference. However the standard height is around the navel and as a result it is worth noting that your kilt waist size may be slightly larger than your trouser waist size.


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