Product DescriptionOur Irish-made Grandfather shirt (aka Grandad Shirt, Graddad shirt, Irish Laborer Shirt, Banded collar shirt, Stand Up Collar Shirt, etc.) is inspired by the shirts of Irish working men of the 19th and early 20th century. However it is cut a little nicer and has cooler buttons than the old gents would have worn. Nevertheless, this is a cotton-linen shirt that can take abuse and still look dashing. Pairs perfectly with a kilt when you want something nicer than a t-shirt, but not as dressy as a dress shirt. Looks great with jeans too!
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- Great shirt Becks
Price Value QualityThis was the first Grandfather shirt I purchased. The price and quality are outstanding. I have purchased a second shirt since this one, and will buy another very soon. I am so glad I found this shop. (Posted on 1/13/2021)
- Excellent! Tom
Value Quality PriceI ordered the Cream Grandfather shirt online and it was delivered the next day - I do live close to the USA Kilts store - tried it on was was very pleased. I liked the shirt so much I immediately ordered two more, one in grey and one in blue.
The shirts look great with jeans and even better when worn with one of my kilts.
Once again Rocky and his staff get a 10 out of 10! (Posted on 10/3/2020)
- Love it! Don
Quality Price ValueJust what I wanted, quickly delivered, high quality! (Posted on 9/1/2020)
- Very comfy Victor
Price Value QualityThis is a very comfortable shirt. Seems to be of good quality. I bought 2 more based on the comfort factor. Definitely order it a size larger than normal (Posted on 8/7/2020)
- Great Shirt I bought two! Robert
Price Value QualityThis is a great shirt and I love it! Wonderful soft fabric. Definitely need to order one size up from your regular t-shirt size. I am usually a large and I ordered an XL and it is a perfect fit. (Posted on 6/24/2020)
- Fantastic Shirts Joseph
Quality Price ValueOrdered a couple of the Civilian brand Grandfather shirts—quality is outstanding. USAKilts shipped it fast! I’m extremely happy with the overall look and comfort of these shirts. One thing to be aware of, these shirts are definitely “Euro-sized”. After reading a few reviews, I took a chance and did as recommended and ordered one size up (I normally wear an XLarge and ordered an XXLarge). Fit perfectly. Dealing with USAKilts is a great experienc. (Posted on 3/7/2020)
- Geat for casual / semi-formal john
Quality Price ValueA very comfortable feel, especially at this time of year (March). Heavy enough to be worn w/o a jacket in the morning but light enough to still be comfortable as the day wears on. Personally, I bought to wear to a funeral / Wake. I wanted something that would have that semi-formal look and these fit that nitch nicely. The button up front and banded collar (imho) look better than the Highlander shirt with the corded front.
As for the fit, I have a 50 chest and ordered the 2XL and it fit perfectly. I will say that it did shrink a tad on its first wash. The chest still fits great but I lost about an inch on the sleeves (washed in cold on delicates and dried on air / no heat). Not sure on how future washes will go but as it stands, it still fits fine.
A great shirt imho. No cons really but if I HAD to pick something to gripe about it would be the upper buttons… sooo many little buttons lol. If you have larger hands, as I do, you're probably going to be fumbling with them at first. I bought 2 on this last order (black & cream) and I intend on buying the grey and blue also. Recommended (Posted on 3/5/2020)
- Up to #3 now Tommy
Price Value QualityThese shirts are great to wear. I get tons of complements on the look and they are super comfortable. I would like the look better without the pocket, but they do come in handy from time to time. (Posted on 2/27/2020)
- Cool Shirt Bell/Dalzell Ron
Price Value QualityOne thing I noticed right away when I put on the shirt was how cool it felt on my skin. I like that this shirt has linen constructed in it. It should be perfect wearing at summer Scottish festivals. The only drawback to this shirt is that it has so many buttons, none of which are easy to undo. To accommodate this I only undo the top buttons so I can pull over the shirt. On the other hand, I do like the look of the buttons. Also, because the shirt has no collar I can wear my Glengarry cap without having the cap ribbon constantly getting caught inside my collar. To me, a collar makes the cap quite annoying. (Posted on 12/31/2019)
- Arrived in time for Christmas, recipient very pleased Judy
Price Value QualitySame as above (Posted on 12/30/2019)
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A Brief History of the Grandfather Shirt
The banded collar shirt first appeared in the Victorian age with the invention of detachable collars. It was practical and saved on washing. Naturally, many men simply left off the collar if they didn't need it. And this was especially true of working men such as the Highland ghillie or the Irish navvy. It was comfortable for long days in the fields or on the docks.
Though they were standard work-a-day shirts for many classes in many different countries, it was in Ireland that these shirts became a form of traditional dress, like the aran sweater (the “jumper”) or the flat cap. It was in Ireland that the name “Grandfather’s shirt” was coined and quickly shortened to granddad shirt or graddad shirt.
Our Grandad Shirt is Timeless Fashion
Traditional Irish grandfather shirts were, and still remain, practical yet sleek and dignified menswear. You can find old photos of everyone from Welsh coal miners to American cowboys wearing them (not to mention the occasional businessman relaxing after hours). And yet nothing about the Grandfather shirt feels out of place in the 21st century.
Irish Shirt Quality - Granddad Would Approve
A true Granddad shirt will be made of cotton or linen, or a blend of the two. Ours is made in Ireland of rich cotton with just a touch of linen. There’s just enough linen to add durability and that wonderful nubby texture, but not so much that the shirt will require ironing. It’s just about perfect and will only become more and more comfortable over the years. The front features the traditional placket with a dozen small decorative buttons. On the back you’ll find a reinforced yoke and gusset for ease of movement.
The Perfect Traditional Work Shirt for Your Kilt OR Jeans!
Cut long and roomy, this authentic Irish graddad shirt will easily fit in your kilt or even jeans without pulling out. We offer a variety of colors including a cream, which tones perfectly with most any tartan as cream is a neutral color! Pair this shirt with your favorite kilt, coton hose and flat cap.