How to Measure

Self measurement guide for your new kilt outfit

First of all, face the person who is measuring you. Ask them to take a measuring tape around you, making sure that it is placed across your shoulder blades, and then coming around to the front, under the armpits and over the heaviest part of the chest. Take a body measurement first, (against the body with no slackness) then ease the tape out about 2 inches. This will give you your jacket size.

Kilt waist:
Take the tape around the body again, but this time measuring about 1 inch above your tummy button. This is where the kilt sits, (not on your normal trouser waist but about 2 inches above). This time you want an actual body measurement, it should be quite firm, but comfortable, (remember this is how the kilt will feel when it is on). This will give you your kilt waist measurement.


Please put our feet together and measure the broadest part of your hips (Botton)

Kilt Length:
Stand up straight and put your feet slightly apart. Put the tape 1 inch above your belly button, now move the top of the tape horizontaly 6 inches so it now hangs straight down to your knee. Take the measurement from there to the middle of your knee. If it is easier, kneel on the ground and measure up to just between your belly button and the botton of your ribcage in a straight line. As you are doing this, make sure you are not looking down as this can alter the measurement.

Trouser waist:
Similar to the kilt waist measurement, but this time measure just above the hips. Please supply this measurement even if you are hiring a kilt.

Trouser length:
What you need here is an inside leg measurement. Take a pair of your own trousers and measure down the leg starting where the inside seam meets the crotch. Measure from this join, straight down the seam to the hem of the leg. This will give you your inside leg measurement.

Crown to cuff (sleeve length)
If you have a suit jacket or similar, put this on and stand up straight with your arms by your side. Measure from the middle of the top of the sleeve head (where the top of the sleeve meets the shoulder) down to the top of your thumb. This will give you your crown to cuff measurement.

Check the collar size on your own shirt, or, alternatively measure around the neck, just below the adams apple. Give yourself at least a fingers space. This will give you your collar measurement.

Check a pair of your own dress shoes, (not casual boots or trainers).

Take off your shoes and stand up straight with your back against the wall. You need to measure from the floor, up the wall, and finish in line with the top of your head. Preferably we would like this measurement in “feet” and any difference in “inches”. For example, 69 inches would be 5ft 9 inches. This measurement will help us to confirm your jacket and sleeve length.

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