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! Our design features the classic look of the upper placket with 10 buttons and the left chest pocket. Made from an easy care blend of 10% linen / 90% cotton.
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- Great shirt Bryce
Price Value QualityI originally ordered one in black. I liked the fit and quality so much that I now have blue and grey ones as well. (Posted on 11/30/2022)
- Comfortable Shirt Draco1476
Price Value QualityThis is a great shirt for dressing up, down, going to the office or lounging at home. Choose a pair pants for the occasion and this shirt will make the outfit. (Posted on 11/15/2022)
- Great shirt Nana Scot
Value Quality PriceLove these! Comfortable and long lasting (Posted on 11/2/2022)
- Great quality shirt
Quality Price ValueMy sn chose this shirt and it arrived before he left. I was impressed with the craftsmanship of the shirt. It was neat and beautiful. (Posted on 7/1/2022)
- Excellent Montana Don
Price Value QualityColor, fit and quality as expected (Posted on 2/18/2022)
- Grandfather shirt(S) thekrazykilteddude
Price Value QualityI purchased all 3 colors..white wasn't in stock however these shirts are incredible ..in quality, fit and style! I've already had many comments on the style! I imagine they'll get even better with age due to the linen content! I recommend them to everyone looking for something different (Posted on 2/18/2022)
- So comfortable! Rob I
Value Quality PriceJust received my 5th Grandfather Shirt.
It’s become my fall- winter “go to” shirt.
Great with my kilt or jeans. I like that they are a bit unique. I’ve gotten many positive comments and questions about the shirt and always send them to USAKilts. (Posted on 12/19/2021)
- GREAT shirt, great service! Leo
Price Value QualityThe cotton/linen combination makes this a VERY comfortable shirt. With an accurate fit, and basic good looks it cannot be beat. Note: even with the shipping challenges everyone faces, this shirt, like almost every USA Kilts order, came very quickly, less than a week in this case. (Also, the extra candies are a treat.) (Posted on 12/6/2021)
- Great shirt ScottishBee
Quality Price ValueThis is the second Grandfather shirt I have bought for my husband. Love the fit, fabric, look! (Posted on 11/29/2021)
- Grandfather Shirt..... Jeff
Price Value QualitySuper shirts.... Love them! (Posted on 11/28/2021)
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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 grey which tones perfectly with most weathered color palette tartans and pretty much any tartan as grey is a neutral color! Pair this shirt with your favorite kilt, day sporran and flat cap.