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Tartan Trews and Trousers

What are Tartan Trews?

Just tartan trousers with a different spelling? Well, no. They’re a different style altogether and are cut differently from regular trousers.

You wear them at formal events and are a great tartan alternative to wearing a black tie but you don’t want to wear a kilt. You’ll still stand out for sure – but for all the right reasons!


There are two variations of trews, both related to the cut of the waist band: the military traditional ‘fishtail’ rise and the regular, trouser-like waistband. The fishtail cut sits high over the waist and enables the wearing of braces (suspenders), while the trouser or regular style comes with belt loops for the wearing of a belt.

We like the fishtail waist, but you can choose either – it’s your choice.

How to wear

As with a kilt, we’d recommend the short, formal, Prince Charlie coatee and waistcoat. You can of course wear other formal jackets, but the Prince Charlie coatee, a short, dress jacket that’s worn with a high collar and bow tie, is what we’d recommend.

Shoes should be black polished leather and, unlike the kilt, you don’t need the ghillie brogue.


We offer two weights of cloth to suit all tastes. The 10oz light-weight cloth is closer to regular trouser weight and, if you live in a warm country or simply prefer a lighter cloth, we’d recommend this weight. The medium-weight cloth is a kilt weight cloth and provides slightly thicker, heavier trews - and is excellent for keeping out the cold!

The weight is a purely personal choice and neither weight confers any style meaning.


Trews (from the Gaelic truibhas) have very old origins and were adopted by Highland regiments in the 18th and 19th centuries as formal or mess dress uniform. Worn with a slightly narrower width than regular trousers, which is accentuated if braces (suspenders) are worn.

Choose Your Tartan

With over 500 tartans in modern, ancient, hunting or dress variations, you’re sure to find yours. And if you don’t have a tartan, worry not, as you can choose a district tartan that reflects your name origins. If you're looking for something different, choose trews in an old and rare tartan. There's even a Manx tartan. Or simply wear a tartan you like. Or a common tartan like Hunting Stewart, Caledonian, Scottish National or Jacobite.


When you've decided, just enter your measurements and around 6 weeks’ later, you’ll be wearing your beautifully tailored tartan trews.


Delivery is always free from our door to your door, wherever you live in the world. And because we track our parcels, you can always check online to see the status of your delivery. Or, if you’re in Edinburgh, you can collect personally.

Buy with Confidence

We've satisfied thousands of customers over our 30 years in the business. When you buy your tartan trews, we're confident that you'll be joining them. Any questions? Just call us on 0131-538 1123, or email us or tweet us @weartartan.