Why Have a Kilt Pin?

Posted on September 13 2016

The Kilt Pin – A Necessary Accessory

The choice of kilt pin design is personal, but your kilt should have a kilt pin. The function is to add some weight to the open edge of the kilt to help the fabric to stay in place. Despite this, a kilt pin should never be fixed through both layers of material. When you sit down, the top layer of fabric (known as the apron) moves as you move, and so restricting this movement could result in damage to your kilt.

Positioning Your Kilt Pin

The pin is fastened through the outer layer of material only, at the bottom right hand side. The most usual position is about 2” – 3” from the fringed edge, and with the bottom of the pin about 2” - 3” up from the bottom of the kilt. The precise placement is up to you, but it should be near enough to the corner to help prevent the apron from blowing open. 

You could experiment with placing the pin in line with a stripe, or at the intersection of stripes, or in the centre of a square of solid colour. It depends on the design of the pin and the colours in your tartan.

Choosing Your Kilt Pin

When you choose a pin you are expressing something about yourself. You might choose a classic claymore design, a contemporary Celtic twist, or you might commission a jeweller to make you a gold pin with an amethyst. The range is fantastic, so take some time to enjoy choosing!

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