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!
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- 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)
- Great shirt. Brucew
Value Quality PriceFirst time wearing linen, was surprised how soft it was. True to size and very comfortable. Will be ordering several more. (Posted on 9/26/2021)
- Great shirt Bruce
Price Value QualityGreat shirt, fit well, very comfortable. Definitely will order another one. (Posted on 9/25/2021)
- Quality Shirt and Awesome Service Mark O
Quality Price ValueWent with most reviews, and bought my normal size however, it was just too small in the cuffs, and neck. USA kilts took care of the problem immediately. Many thanks! (Posted on 8/4/2021)
- Wife Loves It. John S.
Price Value QualityThis is my second shirt and the quality for the price can not be matched. Wife loves the look and a happy wife is a happy life. (Posted on 7/27/2021)
- Grandfather Shirt Danny
Price Value QualityLove the shirt. Ordered the black XL and it fits great. (Posted on 6/3/2021)
- Irish Grandfather Shirt Black E Buck
Price Value QualityI wear a lot of different shirts for hunting and western wear and never came across a shirt I like as much as this one! The look and feel is great. Love the material and unlike other black shirts this one keeps the sun rays away from your body very well, with out cooking you out of the shirt. (Posted on 3/23/2021)
- Comfy for sure Tom
Quality Price ValueOh what a nice shirt. Since it is linen it is very comfortable. The long sleeves keep the chill at bay while simultaneously breathing so one does not overheat. It is a nice addition to any wardrobe and yes, it does go with jeans as well as a kilt! (Posted on 3/8/2021)
- Excellent Peter
Price Value QualityI ordered a second right after i got the first. (Posted on 2/22/2021)
- Excellent Distance Driver
Value Quality PriceGreat buy. Material feels soft and substantial. Buttons are well done. Highly recommend. (Posted on 12/3/2020)
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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.