The Essential Kilt Pin

Posted on July 25 2017

Your choice of kilt pin is personal. Like your chosen tartan, your kilt pin is a chance to express your style and add a signature touch to your kilt outfit.

But, what is the kilt pin? How do you wear it? What is it made of?

Kilt Society™ knows kilts like no one else. We're here to tell you everything you need to know about the kilt pin.


Your kilt pin is both decorative and functional. The main function of the kilt pin is to add weight to the kilt’s open edge to keep it from blowing open or moving around.

However, a kilt pin should never be fixed through both layers of material to keep your kilt closed. This will restrict your movement and can damage your kilt.



Your kilt pin should be fastened through the outer layer of material only, at the bottom right-hand side of your kilt. The most common position is about 2”–3” from the fringed edge and about 2”-3” up from the bottom of the kilt.

The exact placement is up to you, but it should be near enough to the corner to help prevent the apron from blowing open.

Get creative! Experiment with placing the pin according to your tartan: in line with a stripe, at the intersection of stripes, or in the centre of a square of solid colour.


Many of our kilt pins are made from pewter, while others are made from chrome, chrome plated zinc, sterling silver, or stag horn.



Whether you choose to pay homage to your clan or opt for a detailed pin like our Luxury Silver Circles and Saltire Kilt Pin, your kilt pin can be as expressive as you want it to be.

Go for an ironically minimalist look with a safety pin style kilt pin, stick with the classic a standard Claidhmhor sword, or try something contemporary with a Celtic twist.

Many of our kilt pins also come in a range of finishes, the most common of which are antique (a classic matt look) and polished (for a shinier chrome look).

Our full range of kilt pins can be found here.

Still stuck on the right kilt pin?

The Kilt Society™ team has you covered. Get in touch at Full contact information here.


1 comment

  • Shaun Wilkinson: November 28, 2018

    I’ve been working on designing a regiment kilt pin for my old army unit. I plan to mount the badge on a safety pin type, but can’t decide which way it would be placed. Is there a right way to wear a traditional safety pin type of kilt pin? Clasp up or down?

    Hope you can help.

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