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On average most people opt for a medium, unless they know they will be using kilt for specific official functions or outings.
The specific mill from which your kilt is coming also has a small bearing, in that not all of them either stocks design of tartan you prefer or make that design in weight you want. One way to combat this is to determine mill that you'd like your kilt to come from and then find out what specific selections they offer.
Another alternative is to have kilt custom made for you - but that can be rather expensive!
Conversely - you don't have to have Tartan you know!
Gaining in popularity and awareness are Irish and Welsh kilts. The Irish are more widespread with a wider range of choices and they come in plain tartan designs or just simple one color kilts.
It's far more common for an Irish kilt to reflect a particular county, city or state as opposed to a family or bloodline. There they wear it to emphasise their county of origin.
Choosing and wearing a kilt can be fun and dashing. Take your time with choices to make sure you have one that you feel comfortable in and that gives you a personal sense of pride and you'll find you gain an awful lot more from wearing it than any pair of jeans!
A long time writing enhusiast, Rufus has written many articles on varied topics, based on whatever takes his notice.
You can read more of his Kilt articles by following the link to The Busy Kilt