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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- 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)
- Love it (with a *little* alteration!) RevMike
Price Value QualityJust received my shirt today (Monday, ordered late Thursday night). Buttons/holes are a *little* small for older arthritic fingers, but doable. I am going to use this for a clergy shirt, so had to remove the top button and replace it with a button-hole. Same in the center rear of the neck (add a button hole), making a *true* "workmans" shirt for attachable collars. Works PERFECTLY, looks sharp. I'm going to reorder in the other colors, jus going up to an XL (I'm borderline L vs XL and the neck on the L is just a *tad* small for me). Thanks! (Posted on 12/17/2018)
- My grandfather never had a shirt this nice. Bob
Quality Price ValueMy grandfather never had a shirt this nice. I just got my shirt in the mail and unwrapped it, unbutton the top few buttons, slipped it on over my head and I’m amazed at the comfort and the fit. Perfect fit and I’m XL. 100% cotton, nice and warm and I look awesome wearing the shirt I must say. I may buy another one in gray later on. (Posted on 12/14/2018)
- Beautifully made shirt Robin
Quality Price ValueAs a seamstress myself, I really appreciate a well made garment, and this one is! I couldn't have made one for that price. I know my son will be thrilled on Christmas morning. (Posted on 12/14/2018)
- Superb Quality! Kilted Sax Player
Quality Price ValueYou can't beat USA Kilts for their quality! These Civilian shirts have great workmanship for the price! By the way I own 10 of your kilt hangers and have never found better at any price! Thanks USA Kilts! (Posted on 12/8/2018)
- Love it! Dean
Quality Price ValueDelivery was fast. I love the fit and feel! (Posted on 10/10/2018)
- Beautiful Kelly
Value Quality PriceLove this shirt very comfortable , looks great with my USA Kilt , wore it to the Scottish festival in Estes Park . And always order it a size bigger . (Posted on 9/15/2018)
- Excellent, fit & quality Rebel
Price Value QualityMaterial is very comfortable to wear, it washes with no ironing needed. sizes run a little big, but other that that it's well worth the expense (Posted on 9/7/2018)
- Nice shirt at a fair price... Seamus
Price Value QualityThe shirt completes my informal kilt package,nice shirt at a fair price, Slainte, and many thanks (Posted on 9/7/2018)
- Comfortable Country Casual Ted
Value Quality PriceI am lucky enough to be able to shop at the store and try these on. I usually wear a LG so I started there. It seemed voluminous, so I also tried a medium. The Med was uncomfortably tight across the back/armpits/chest. so I went with the LG with the intention of shrinking it a little in the laundry. This worked perfectly. The buttons on these are really small, like those on a button-down collar. So the trick is to only leave the top few buttons open and slip the shirt on like a t-shirt. It's timeless look works with anything. So satisfied I went back for a second one in grey. (Posted on 9/5/2018)
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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.