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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- Excellent Product RH
Price Value QualityI received my Grandfather Shirt quickly. The quality of this product is superb, appears very well made. I took the recommendation to order the next size larger, I normally wear a L shirt so ordered an XL. The fit was perfect, good looking shirt, will likely order more to wear with my jeans. (Posted on 8/18/2018)
- WOW JUST WOW bearcubjp
Price Value QualityAs a bigger guy this shirt is perfect! Enough room without making me look like a circus clown! OUTSTANDING! (Posted on 8/18/2018)
- Perfect Shirt Christopher
Quality Price ValueThis shirt is very comfortable and looks wonderful. It has the look of the linen but the cotton adds comfort and truly does help reduce wrinkles. Pairs well with a tweed flat cap and brown leather shoes. (Posted on 8/6/2018)
- Perfect shirt Mark
Quality Price ValueJust received this today. The shirt is perfect. It’ll be great for a non formal event, or around the house. And I greatly appreciate the phone call explaining the sizing of the shirts (European sizes running smaller) (Posted on 6/21/2018)
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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.