Frontier Linen Plaid Shirt
It’s the movies, I think, that have done it.
When we imagine the 19th-century American frontier, pushing beyond the Mississippi and sending those long daring probes to California, we see men in shirts made of homespun cotton or buckskin, just like in the movies.
Men did wear those shirts. But if they had a choice, they wore linen.
The original American shirt was a linen shirt. It signified civilization since Colonial days. There was something questionable about a man who didn’t have a linen shirt to his name.
(Besides that, linen exceeded cotton in coolness and strength and luster. Still does.)
The linen shirt you see here is the descendent of one of those early shirts, which I managed to acquire in Austin, Texas.
The original, well over a century old, was oddly styled. The fabric, though, was intact and (aside from a few stains) it had a wonderful mellowness; that’s the part I kept.
I think it is possible, just possible, that if a man with blue eyes spent a long, long time in the sun, studying the horizon, the blue of his eyes might fade to this color.
Frontier Linen Plaid Shirt (No. 1317). Pure yarn-dyed linen, pattern-matched, with patch pocket, button-down collar, adjustable button cuffs.
Fabric Content: 100% linen. Care Instructions: machine wash cold, only non chlorine bleach when needed, tumble dry low, warm iron if desired. For best results, dry cleaning is recommended.