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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- Nice shirt Irishffrick
Quality Price ValueService was very fast and the shirt is a good quality and slightly dressier than a regular shirt. Definitely order a size larger than you normally wear. (Posted on 2/26/2019)
- Outstanding quality Marty
Quality Price ValueFirst time ordering from USA Kilts. Very pleased with every aspect of this transaction. (Posted on 1/1/2019)
- Grandfather Shirt Frank
Price Value QualityOrder came quickly and was exactly as advertised. Fit well and comfortable. (Posted on 11/2/2018)
- Love It Rich
Quality Price ValueI wasn't sure what size to order, so I gve Rocky my dimensions. The size he suggested was spot on. I love he feel and the look of this vintage shirt. The cream one has an extra long tail making it even better. I can wear this with just about anything: jeans, kilt, or my Civil War attire. (Posted on 10/4/2018)
- Made a wonderful gift. Olivia
Price Value QualityI purchased the Cream Grandfather shirt in one size larger than normal for my husband's birthday. It fits perfectly, arrived quickly and compliments his kilts with brown tones. Very nice quality fabric. (Posted on 9/10/2018)
- Love it! shipwreck
Price Value QualityLooks much better in person than on the website. very soft and comfortable. fits nice. Shipping was great, came in two days. (Posted on 9/6/2018)
- Top Shelf Quality Stoney
Quality Price ValueI am very well pleased with my new grandfather shirt. Upon opening the shipping package I was immediately impressed with the softness and quality of the material. Inspecting the shirt I found it well made. My first occasion wearing it was to meet my new born twin grandsons for the first time. A most appropriate occasion for a grandfather shirt. (Posted on 9/2/2018)
- Happy & Surprised Danny
Price Value QualityI received a call from USA KILTS that the size I ordered was out of stock due to the popularity of the item. Had to wait for delivery which was a shorter wait than I was told. Once I had it and tried it on I was glad I took the ordering advice to order the next size up. Fits perfectly. My only advice is to wash it by hand or in a gentle cycle and hang it to dry. Love this shirt. In fact, I'm getting ready to place another order to take advantage of the sale price. Rock on USA KILTS. (Posted on 8/28/2018)
- Looks and feels great Owen
Price Value QualityI go to a lot of highland games, usually for pipe band competitions - so I own a lot of short sleeved shirts. This is a really nice shirt that I'll gladly change into instead of my standard band attire or games t-shirt. (Posted on 8/27/2018)
- Good shirt, fair deal Wamsley
Price Value QualityI've seen these shirts for sell at festivals for roughly the same price. Don't let that detract from the quality of this product. This shirt is comfortable, roomy, and we'll made, plus you know that it's not been out in the weather or tried on by a bunch of people. (Posted on 8/18/2018)
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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 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.