Prince Charlie Argyle Jacobite Rental: $125-$175 $110- $105- Purchase: $980-$1,380 Source: Kilt Rental- Prom Kilt or Wedding Kilt Rental, minskytux.com Note: Kilts in Scotland are just as expensive or more than those purchased in the U.S. and you have to pay customs duty to bring them home. I also looked at buying the material in Scotland and hiring a taylor here. That was also more expensive that buying one in the U.S. Note: You can get a basic Polyester blend kilt, sporran, belt and hose for $275. You can wear a sweater or your own blazer, shirt, tie and wing-tip oxford shoes. These are considered informal dress, but to my untrained eye they looked just as good. And you can machine was them. Highland Regalia Kilt: Wool (Note yards as a function of waist varies quite a bit. It may depend on the type of pleating.) 7 yard $325-$450 up to a 30" waist * 8 yard $340-$475 32-48" waist 9 yard $395-$525 50+" waist Polyester/wool $135 or Poly-Viscose $100 Sporran (purse): $75-$345 Sporran chain: $25 (sometimes included with Sporran) Prince Charlie Jacket and Vest: $395 Tuxedo shirt & Black Silk Bow Tie: $45 Argyle Jacket: $295 Sgian Dhu or Sgian Dubh (knife): $12-$85- Belts and buckles: $40-$60 Hose (long socks) and flashes: $20-$30 Ghillie Brogues (shoes): $100 * Waist measurement is taken at the navel to 1" above the navel. You only need 4 yards of 60-inch wide material for an 8-yard kilt because it is cut into two 30" pieces. The term "the Whole Nine Yards" has been attributed to the material for a kilt, but it is just one story. See WorldWideWords.org Sporran - "Day Sporrans" are usually brown leather pouches with simple adornment.
"Dress Sporrans" can be larger than the day variety, and are often highly ornate.
"Animal Mask Sporrans" are made from the pelts of mammals such as the badger, otter, fox, pine marten, or other small animals, with the head forming a flap that folds over the front and closes the opening at the top of the sporran.
The Badgerhead Sporran, is a traditional item of dress of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
Full mask sporran: Yea or Nay? @ X Marks the Scot - A Community of Kiltwearers.
Full Mask Sporrans @ ScottishTartans.org $750
Sporran @ The Full Wiki
Modern Ancient Dress Modern Hunting Modern Hunting AncientAt HouseOfTartan.co.uk/scottish they list over 300 plaids and you can order custom ones.
For the inexpensive Poly-Wool / Poly-Viscose kilts many shops only cary three:
See also: Tartans at our Ca Families genealogy site.
What to wear beneath your kilt:
Cecil Adams of The StraightDope.com, posted the question on soc.culture.celtic the old netNews site and got numerous replies such as the following: "Me wears the scotty-skirt and I can assure you that correctly there is nowt unner it, however we 20th century derivatives feel the caul a bit and so unless it's a formal occasion, I actually (NO! No! I can't admit anything ... not in writing anyway!)"
A comment on his message board says,
Another post at the above board and several other sites say,
There was a web post a while back of a 2004 picture of Queen Elizabeth sitting with the 1st Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders where one colonel's kilt was a little too revealing. Scopes says the authenticity of this is undetermined.
The real question is, why do Scotsmen wear kilts at all?
Amazon.com: They Wear What Under Their Kilts: Katie Maxwell - A humorous story about two girls temporary job on a sheep farm.