Our men’s long sleeved casual shirts will keep you warm and comfortable as winter turns to spring. But which of these three popular styles is your favourite?
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Three casual shirts every man should own
Every self-respecting man needs a casual shirt as part of his wardrobe. We’re talking a Tattersall shirt, a flannel shirt or a corduroy shirt. Not only are they comfortable and smart if you’re working from home, they’ll also do your weekend heavy lifting, whether that’s gardening, chopping wood or walking the dog.
Not sure which of these iconic shirts suits you best? Here’s the lowdown on each, to help you decide…
Long-sleeved Tattersall shirt – the racing man’s best bet
The Tattersall shirt began life as a blanket and actually takes its name from the racehorse auctioneer, Tattersalls. Now based at Newmarket, Tattersalls was established in 1766 at Hyde Park Corner in London. The firm’s brightly checked livery horse covers caught the notice of local tailors and the Tattersall shirt was born.Today, Tattersalls, the firm, continues to go from strength to strength – in 2017 it shifted over 300m guineas worth of horseflesh, making it the biggest racehorse auctioneer in the UK and Ireland. Likewise, the shirts which continue to be an essential component in every country gent’s wardrobe, continue to be a mainstay of country wear.
A genuine Tattersall shirt is a 100% brushed cotton garment with a woven check pattern consisting of horizontal and vertical stripes of alternating colours. Look for shirts with luxurious contrasting neck and cuff linings.
A Tattersall shirt is suitable for everything from formal dinners and weddings to hammering in new fence posts and rounding up the sheep. Wear your Tattersall shirt with a tweed suit or jacket, or dress it down with chinos, moleskins or cords. As for shoes, we suggest country brogues.
Long-sleeved flannel shirt – the outdoor man’s choice
Originally Scottish, then American, and finally yours to wear whenever you feel like it, a plaid shirt made from soft brushed cotton flannel is a must for every style-conscious man. Plaid – or tartan – has been around since prehistoric times, and continued to be the clothing of choice (or necessity) for the rough and ready clansmen and women of the Scottish highlands, right up until it was banned by the English in 1746.But while tartan frightened the English who saw the wearing of it as an act of rebellion against their rule, even they had to concede that plaid was a handsome fabric, and so repealed the Act in 1782.
With the Scots covered up once more, tartan made its way to America with the settlers, and so onto Woolrich Woolen Mills, Pennsylvania, which is reputed to have run up the first ever buffalo plaid flannel shirt. Beloved of lumberjacks ever since, the plaid shirt is now made from cotton flannel, but is still warm and comfortable and a great option for relaxed weekend wear.
Wear your plaid shirt with jeans or moleskins of course! And go for chunky boots. If it’s cold outside, throw on a rugged fisherman’s sweater and you’re good to go.
Long-sleeved corduroy shirt – the country gent’s favourite
Corduroy was invented sometime around 200BC in Fustat, a town near Cairo – hence the term for this type of tufted fabric – ’fustian’ cloth. Cord gradually made its way into Europe before arriving in the UK.By the 18th century, cord was the textile of choice for outdoor workers. It was tough, durable, warm, dried quickly, and wasn’t overly expensive. Plusher versions of cord were the favoured wear of monarchs, but despite its fancy name – corduroy is a loose replication of the French ‘corde du roi’ or King’s cloth – it was always predominantly workwear.
And workwear it stayed, in fact during Victorian times, cord was the industrial worker’s uniform, until eventually, it was co-opted for sporting and country wear by the gentry, and there it has remained.
A cord shirt is warm and practical. Wear it as you would a standard shirt in cooler weather when you’ll appreciate the great warmth it gives you. Pair with moleskins and you’ll be very toasty indeed.
Alternatively, wear your cord shirt as an unbuttoned overgarment with your t-shirt underneath. This is a great way to wear cord during the spring when it’s not quite warm enough to go with a t-shirt on its own.
Our men’s long sleeved casual shirts will keep you warm and comfortable as winter turns to spring, and are stalwarts in any gentleman’s wardrobe.