When Paul, one of our commenters asked where he could find a madras shirt similar to the one Chris Taylor from Grizzly Bear is sporting in my short shorts post I went on a madras mission. I’m waiting to hear from Gizzly Bear’s publicist about the actual shirt (which will probably end up coming from a thrift store) but in the meantime here are my top five shirts to give you your madras fix. Land’s End seem to know their madras and their shirt is pretty cool but the jonquil colourway (behind the shirt) beats the moss green hands down. See after the jump for the rest of the picks.
The Old Navy shirt comes in a few different colourways, the grey and green is nice but they also have a pale yellow and a pink if you’re feeling brave. The J.Crew shirt is pretty much as plaid as madras can get but looks really soft. My two favourites are the Topman and the Orvis, I think madras needs the combination of contrasting colours to look really effective and it’s one of the few times a flash of pink is considered conventional.
Land’s End madras shirt: £25. Clockwise from top left: Old Navy plaid madras: $16.50. Topman retro check shirt: £28. J. Crew washed Venice madras shirt: $69.50. Orvis World’s Coolest madras shirt: $49.