Impractical Clothes specializes in the bespoke and the unique. We will make you an outfit entirely tailored to you – a perfectly fitted garment of distinction. Here you can see some examples of Impractical Clothes. If you see something you like, or have an idea for a dress just for you, drop us a line here.


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Impractical Clothes

2 Chalmers Buildings



What customers say

Three pairs frilly knickers with bow

Hi Irene, The pants arrived here this morning, while I was out. I’m delighted with them, they’re even prettier that they appear on the web site! Thanks for the tips about washing them, it’s much appreciated.

Linda S
Edinburgh, Scotland

Skirt and blouse arrived safely last week and they are wonderful..better than I thought they would turn out! So thank you very much!
Looking forward to see what the waist cincher looks like with it all!

Mel N
Leek, England

Tartan camisole and knickers

Many, many thanks, it is FAB-U-LOUS!!!! Will model it tonight and again, many thanks, I am delighted. This will be my Christmas outfit!!!

G Ellis-Pow

I have just received the bag I have ordered and I think it is beautiful. I visited Edinburgh about three years ago and bought the smallest version of the bag on a market. I love that bag so on a rainy day I googled impractical clothes and found your website. When I saw that there is also a larger version I ordered it immediately. And now I can take one with me for every occasion, to work or a party. Thank you for making these beautiful bags!!!

Good luck in the future, I’ll keep an eye on the website and I’ll definitely tell all my friends about you.

Barbara W
Arnhem, Holland

Alice urban jungle handbag

I’ve just received the bag !! It’s amazing, thank you so much 🙂
Happy new year !

G Cerdan

The bag has arrived – and is much appreciated. thanks for your prompt service. my partner bought a dinky bag at your stall in the Edinburgh festival — she loves it and uses it virtually everyday! That’s why we thought it would be a nice gift….

Stephen J
Lancaster, England

I am VERY HAPPY with your pants! I tried one couple of days ago. You should sell them 3 times the price. Thanks a lot!

Chrystele Sanloup

Made to measure crumbcatcher dress

It came Saturday and it fits beautifully. Thank you very much, it’s gorgeous.

L Jenkins

Congratulations on your wonderful designs. They came to my attention on Monday at the opening of the Edinburgh Film Festival. I noticed Brian Cox’s wife Nicole was wearing a stunning tartan corset and she told me it was all down to you. I am an opinion columnist for The Scottish Sun. Whenever I go to a function or do TV I always try to wear a bit of tartan to fly the flag. But oh how I struggle to keep it up with little in the shops.

Many thanks,

Martel M, Glasgow

Martel M

Dogtooth Check Urban Jungle Bag

Just to let you know I recieved the bag yesterday morning. Thank you very much it is even prettier than expected!! I can’t wait to go and show it off!! I think I am now addicted as Im planning which one I will get next!!

A Mackenzie
Kinloss, Invernesshire

Made-to-measure ballgown

Just to say thanks so much for helping me to feel a million dollars at the ESBC Ball — the dress was amazing & I got no end of compliments in it.
Thanks so much – you’re a star!

Sheila H
Edinburgh, Scotland

Tartan hotpants for Scotland–Italy game

Hi got my hotpants + theyre perfect! thanks!

Jacqueline M
Glasgow, Scotland

Dinkybags and purse

Thank you!! I bought a bag from you at the festival and i can assure you it’s used every day! The bag and purse are for my bridesmaid as a thank you for freezing her bits off on our wedding day, I’m sure she’ll love it as much as i love my bag!! They have arrived safe, sound and very cool!! Your bags should come with a government health warning-highly addictive however sure fire cure for seasonal affective disorder!!

Bridget P
Surrey, England

Wedding dress: tartan pencil skirt (daytime), tartan circle skirt (evening)

Look and feel fantastic babe! Once again thank you so immensely for making me such BEAUTIFUL skirts — I love them so much and I’m so looking forward to wearing them again!!

Ruth P

Pinstripe bustle skirt & waistcincher, frilly pants with bow

Hi ya honey! Guess what…its HERE! And it is fabulous! I picked it up on my way to work this morning and I had to put it on in the office and model it for the girls! It fits beautifully! Oh … and then i found the delightful surprise! I love them! Thank you soooo much Irene for everything.

Gabriel N
Melbourne, Australia

Homecoming tartan bustle skirt, corset and sporran handbag

It was a sensation! Stole the show thank you for making it happen-made my birthday xxx

N Lister

Thanks for adjusting the waistcincher — it has arrived in Sweden and fits just great!


Patchwork Daintybag & Isles tweed Dinkybag

I received the bags today and they are absolutely gorgeous. I’ve already had a few comments from folk at work. Thanks again.

S Dyer

Poker Urban Jungle Bag

Bag arrived few days ago. It is truly beautiful!

J Ovciarikova
Czech Republic

Punk dinkybag

As promised, my email to let you know that my handbag arrived in the post yesterday!!I am over the moon with it, it’s gorgeous it matches my shoes, hair bows etc, etc … I would not hesitate to use your company again! Thank you

Rochelle Miller


See Impractical Clothes in the news!

The Sunday Herald

Edinburgh Evening News

The Herald

The Herald

The Herald

The Scotsman

The Scotsman


Modh magazine

Impractical Clothes appears in Modh magazine issue 5. Read it here!

Social media

1 month ago

Samples for the Fringe market application selection committee ready to go...

Has handed in samples for the Fringe market application selection

1 month ago

Always nice to get good customer feedback..especially after some years have gone by
I remember this dress very well..cheers Sheena!

5 years on, and I still love this dress. Huge thanks to Irene of Impractical Clothes, who custom made it for me. ❤️

1 month ago

5 years on, and I still love this dress. Huge thanks to Irene of Impractical Clothes, who custom made it for me. ❤️

1 month ago
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Homecoming tartan corset and bustle skirt

1 month ago
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Homecoming tartan corset and bustle skirt

5 months ago

Uh huh

5 months ago

Daddy Dinkybag in Grey Herringbone Harris Tweed with tailored jacket pocket and long shoulder strap.
It's a beaut Jill Wadsworth

7 months ago

Was up with the lark for The Vintage Clothing Kilo Sale. Early bird tickets had sold out but the lovely team there let me in and gave me first dibs on the tweed jackets. Came away with so many I couldn't fit them on my scoot and ended up wearing some on the ride home.Big pile of Harris Tweed and a new collection of Impractical Clothes Dinkybags and iPad covers coming soon...

8 months ago
Rutherfords Micropub - The 1st in Scotland

This Saturday..at Rutherford's Micropub-The 1st in Scotland, Kelso.

We’re delighted to announce that the fabulously funky Impractical Clothes will be at our Christmas Shopping Event this Saturday! Come and stock up on your dinky bags - and fill them with DeliQuescent gin! How very perfect 😊

9 months ago
Edinburgh Spotlight

Thank you to all my festival customers, and to Edinburgh Spotlight -it was the best year ever for sales, and very enjoyable to boot!

Tartan purses and handbags galore lovingly handmade in Edinburgh by Impractical Clothes

The stall is at the Mound Precinct for the next 9 days and then up at the High St for a week.