Clan Nicolson Tartan Kilt


Decide where you want to wear your kilt. You can wear it at your natural waist, a bit above your belly button, or lower, closer to your hips like jeans or shorts. It’s your choice, depending on what’s most comfortable for you. If you want a more flattering look, it’s recommended to wear it higher up. Use a measuring tape to find where you want the top of your kilt to sit. Make it snug but not too tight, and stand naturally without sucking in or pushing out your stomach.

(Measuring the Space between Waist and Hip) Extend the measuring tape from the point you marked on your waist to the spot you noted on your hip. The pleats will be securely sewn along the fell, and this contributes to the distinctive swaying and fluid motion of a kilt as you walk.

Measure around the broadest part of your hip. To find this spot, stand with your back against a wall and take a few steps back. The area that makes contact with the wall first is where you should have your measurement.

A kilt is typically worn around knee length. If you prefer a very traditional appearance, position your kilt at the top of your knee. But if you like a more relaxed, hip-level look, place it at the bottom of your knee. To determine the length, stand upright and have your Trusty Assistant measure from the point where you took your waist measurement down to your chosen knee spot for the kilt’s hem. Alternatively, you can bend your knees and measure from the waist to the floor. Make sure these measurements are precise – double-check them, and even triple-check if needed. If something doesn’t feel right or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask for assistance.

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The Clan Nicolson, also known as the Nicolsons of that Ilk, is a Scottish clan with a long and storied history. While the clan has a specific tartan associated with it, the history of the Nicolson tartan kilt is somewhat interesting because the clan has faced some challenges regarding the authenticity of their tartan.

The Nicolson tartan is traditionally associated with a distinct pattern featuring primarily blue and green colors, with thin white and black lines. However, in the 19th century, there was some confusion and dispute over the accuracy of the Nicolson tartan’s design. This led to various versions of the tartan being created, and the correct pattern was somewhat lost over time.

In the 20th century, efforts were made to rediscover and reestablish the authentic Nicolson tartan. Dr. Ian Nicolson of that Ilk, who was the chief of the clan at the time, played a significant role in this process. With the help of experts and historical research, they identified the correct tartan pattern.

Today, the Nicolson tartan is recognized as a distinct and authentic tartan, featuring the blue and green colors along with the thin white and black lines. The correct tartan design is often referred to as the “Nicolson Dress” tartan, which is predominantly white with green and red, and it’s associated with formal wear. The hunting version of the tartan is the more common one and is worn in everyday and informal settings, featuring the blue and green colors.

Clan Nicolson members may wear the Nicolson tartan kilt with pride, and the clan continues to celebrate its history and heritage. The journey to rediscover the authentic Nicolson tartan is a testament to the importance of preserving and reviving traditional Scottish clan identities and symbols.