How to Wear a Kilt Pin

A piper wearing a kilt pin.
A piper wearing a kilt pin. (Image: Scottish Piper Playing image by Ray Carpenter from relates an apocryphal story about Queen Victoria inspecting a regiment of Scottish soldiers at Balmoral Castle. She noticed a soldier struggling to keep his kilt from blowing up and gave him a brooch to hold his kilt closed. This story is often told to explain the origins of the kilt pin, which is an essential part of wearing a traditional short kilt.

Things You'll Need

  • Kilt
  • Kilt pin

Put on the kilt. There will be an open flap along the right-hand side, and this is where you will place your kilt pin.

Locate a spot 3 to 4 inches up from the bottom of the kilt and 3 to 4 inches from the right edge.

Fasten the pin through the top layer of the apron. A kilt pin is decorative and it is intended to give the apron a little bit of weight to keep it from flapping open. Kilt pins are traditionally shaped like safety pins, but there are also more decorative pins that function like lapel pins.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not pin the top apron to the fabric underneath. This will create unattractive bunching when you walk, and it might result in the kilt tearing when you sit down.

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