A good shooting shirt should keep you warm (or cool), feel comfortable, look good when you're out in the field and be fit for the job. Here's some to be considering in a variety of price ranges.
A navy and green checked cotton shirt that’s great for a chilly day out shooting or wildfowling. With a traditional classic fit and a soft-feeling fabric.
What is it with fieldsports editors? Here’s a rather less than muted shooting shirt from Viyella picked out by the editor of Sporting Gun, Matthew Clark. When questioned on his choice he says: “I like jolly patterns and like to be a bit loud. This shirt has a nice feel, it’s got wool in to keep you warm but it’s not scratchy and the material is very gentle on the skin. It’s basically a comfortable, soft collar shirt.” Available in regular or standard fit from £32.50.
For something with an unusually practical edge, you could do worse than try the Jake winter field shirt from Belgian company John Field. The shirt uses Polartec® Powerdry® fabric to keep the torso warm and dry while allowing full freedom of movement. The sleeves and collar are made of brushed cotton to retain a traditionally smart look when worn under a sweater, waistcoat or jacket. Available in sizes from XS to XXXL for men and women
Yorkshire-based Rydale, one of the stalwarts of game fairs across the UK, produces its country shooting shirts at such reasonable prices that it’d be almost unreasonable not to buy them. We like the blue one pictured above but you’ll find a great selection of colours and designs and you’d have to look a long way to find a better bargain. Available for around £15.99 to shop here.
With shirts as with breeks, a bit of extra cash can get you a few inches of extra cloth. Cordings again provide an excellent illustration of this with their 100-per-cent-cotton shirts, which have long tails specifically designed to stay tucked in no matter how many birds you twist and turn for, and are cut generously to ensure ease of movement. Available in a variety of sizes for £65 each from Cordings direct.
Sometimes you might just be in the market for a plain shirt. We think William & Son have nailed it beautifully here, with a men’s plain shooting shirt in loden. A classic fit shirt designed for shooting to allow comfort and ease of movement with elegant mother of pearl buttons. £125 from William & Son.
When you’re after the grouse, the colour shirt you wear is crucial. This one by Campbells of Beauly is just perfect. Made from 100% cotton in a classic fit with a green and brown houndstooth print. Grouse shirt £65 Campbells of Beauly.
For the traditionalists amongst you, here are three Tattersall check shirts.
The description “Tattersall” was first used in the early 1700s and the term is drawn from Tattersall market’s horse blankets. Today’s it is a traditional design for country shirts – casual but polished.
A button cuff shirt that’s generously cut in classic Jermyn Street style; long tails, mother of pearl buttons – it’s not cheap but is beautiful quality and worth putting on a birthday or Christmas list.