Our 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! Made from an easy care blend of 10% linen / 90% cotton
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- Grandfather Shirts Arron
Price Value QualityAs with all items I've bought from USA Kilts, these shirts are fantastic! The thickness of the material is perfect. Not light weight but also not a heavy weight. A lot of shirts out there are a bit thin where you can see through them. Not these.
I was able to purchase these on sale and that made it easier for me to afford. Due to the design of these shirts, I will most likely be wearing them for the next 50+ years or unless I die first. I just threw away my Dr Pepper t-shirt that I've has since 1997 and it was basically a rag.
Getting older, like things that will last, AND look amazing? This shirt is for you. Heck, young people, you'd look great in this as well. (Posted on 12/29/2022)
- Repeat funkdaddy435
Price Value QualityI’m a return buyer. As with the first, no fabric or manufacturer flaws. I love the banded collar. I have a long beard and collars grab my beard, making it look messy. (Posted on 12/5/2022)
- Great shirt - tight fit Angus MacNuggets
Value Quality PriceI'm 6'6" at 260lbs - this 3x shirt I can put on, but would prefer a larger size. (ha) The ladies will like however. Great shirt, fast shipment, great material & price - I am washing in cold water & hang drying. Thanks Rocky & company! Slainte. (Posted on 9/22/2022)
- Grandfather shirt is very well made! Another John S
Quality Price ValueI ordered these - and don’t get excited, Eric - because it just looked SO good on him in the videos that I had to have one! :) They are very well made, and feel extremely durable while maintaining a great level of comfort! I live in Georgia, USA and it is often very hot here in the summer, so as durable as these are, they will be a great shirt to wear here in the fall/winter for me. They will be perfect for cooler weather, but not the best thing for a 102 degree heat index. I often rock a medium shirt and the medium in these was true to size. Very highly recommend and will be buying a few more in different colors! (Posted on 8/20/2022)
- Outstanding HoustonPi
Quality Price ValueGot the GF Shirt in both Black and Gray. Ordered a 2XL because the Government shrank all my XL shirts to make me look like a sausage. Thought the 2XL would be way too big, but it fits perfectly. Either it runs slightly small, or I'm slightly larger than I care to admit. In any case, it fits and looks great. Feels much better than 100% cotton shirts. Great way to "dress up" without actually having to dress up. (Posted on 8/11/2022)
- Great shirt Sjc
Quality Price ValueOnce again a great product from USA kilts. The shirt fits fantastic beautifully made fast shipping thanks again (Posted on 7/2/2022)
- Very Happy. Excellent Shirt Urwich
Price Value QualityI love this shirt. Ordering 2 more :) (Posted on 2/17/2022)
- Versatile and high quality! David
Value Quality PriceThese Grandfather shirts are the perfect go-to shirts for when you want something more than a t-shirt but don't quite need a more formal collared shirt or a tux shirt! They work great with a vest as well. (Posted on 2/6/2022)
- Excellent rpoduct, excellent service! Ol Doc
Price Value QualityI started with one shirt, and now have all four colors. These are about the most comfortable shirts I have. They go well with any kilt for casual wear, even with a vest. (Posted on 12/20/2021)
- High Quality material Owen
Quality Price ValueI loved the shirt as soon as I opened the package. I ordered my normal size (XXL) but it came out of the wash a size smaller. I will try again with a larger size as I like the quality and style. (Posted on 10/21/2021)
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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 black, which tones perfectly with most any tartan as black is a neutral color! Pair this shirt with your favorite kilt, coton hose and flat cap.