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, but will shrink Leo
Price Value QualityI have all four colors, and love the shirts. They go well with a rustic kilted look, and really work with jeans. A local artisan weaver immediately identified the linen, which was appreciated.
HOWEVER, they will shrink, even in cold water. Buy a size larger, or even two sizes maybe. The greatest loss seems to be in the sleeves. That being said, I plan to reorder if ever one wears out (which I am trying to do by wearing frequently.) (Posted on 4/4/2022)
- Comfortable Lee
Quality Price ValueComfortable soft cotton. Good for a walk on a summer day in your kilt. (Posted on 2/3/2022)
- GREAT shirt, great service! Leo
Price Value QualityVery comfortable cotton/linen combination, with a decent cut and accurate sizing. I can see that will be one of my favorite shirts! (Posted on 12/6/2021)
- Such a comfortable shirt. Robb
Price Value QualityWas wondering about what to wear with a kilt and not look “costumey” or like ke Im headed to a Renfaire. Saw these mentioned on a video of yours and it clicked. Jeans or Kilts, it’s the perfect shirt. Bought a couple and love them.
Very roomy, soft and comfortable. (Posted on 11/4/2021)
- Its a Very cool shirt! Chad
Value Quality PriceThis shirt is very comfortable and light. The buttons down the front give it a classic feel so it can be worn both with jeans or with a kilt! Probably my new favorite shirt! (Posted on 10/16/2021)
- Good! CW
Price Value QualityThis is the second shirt exactly like this that I've purchased from USA Kilts. They are for highland games and scottish festivals. I'm very pleased with the quality. As usual customer service was top notch. (Posted on 5/28/2021)
- Great shirt Jeff
Quality Price ValueLove this shirt. Not only does it look great with my kilt but is really comfortable. You can wear this with just jeans if you want. (Posted on 4/2/2021)
- Perfect fit, feel and color. Scott
Quality Price ValueGoing to order the black and blue one soon. (Posted on 3/30/2021)
- looks great yudachef
Price Value Qualitycan wear the shirt with anything (Posted on 3/1/2021)
- Fantastic Shirt Capt Lou
Price Value QualityI am a rather tall, 3xl gentleman. This shirt is a great fit, wish it was about 2 inches longer. but the quality of the linen in absolutely exceptional. (Posted on 2/26/2021)
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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 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.