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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- Nice looking shirt Craig
Quality Price ValueI bought this to wear with my kilt, bt I really think it'll find its way into my fall and winter wardrobe with a pair of jeans, etc. The quality seems great and it fits! (Posted on 7/25/2019)
- Great purchase\ Brownie
Quality Price ValueFits perfect when ordered one size larger than normal. Good quality and goes perfect with Kilts. (Posted on 4/13/2019)
- Slainte' Whatthe?
Quality Price ValueIt's great! Thanks! (Posted on 3/21/2019)
- 5 starts Jim
Quality Price ValueMy order was received on time. The quality is great. I received numerous complements on the look and feel of the grandfather shirt. As always, I would recommend shopping at USA Kilts. (Posted on 3/20/2019)
- Really nice shirt! Tom
Value Quality PriceJust received the shirt and am really surprised by the quality of it. I ordered mine in XL and while the chest fit fine (I'm a 48 in the chest) the neck was a wee tight (17-17.5 in neck). I'm going to order a XXL for some 'neck' room but all in all have nothing bad to say about this shirt! Going to be stunning with the kilt and vest! (Posted on 2/28/2019)
- superb richard
Price Value QualityVery pleased with this shirt and USA Kilt's customer service can't be beat. I'll be back again for sure. (Posted on 1/31/2019)
- Warm and comfortable Cliff
Price Value QualityThis is a very warm and comfortable shirt which goes well with a kilt or jeans. (Posted on 1/26/2019)
- Great item Tworm
Price Value QualityThis is a good quality shirt, like the fit. Quality material. (Posted on 12/29/2018)
- top quality Derek
Quality Price ValueOn time shipping, high quality product, even heavier duty than expected. (Posted on 12/24/2018)
- Pretty darn fine Jack
Quality Price ValuePicked up two grandfather shirts on sale just as they were released. These are a couple of my favorite shirts, enough so that I ration my wearing of them so as not to wear them out too fast. That having been said, they're stoutly enough stitched together that they may outlast me (I've got a hernia emerging through some blown-out stitches as I write this).
One hundred percent recommended. These are as good looking with jeans and boots as with a kilt; they're sturdy; and they're as comfortable as daytime pajamas.
Go on and get you a couple. (Posted on 12/22/2018)
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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.