Shopping Guide: Mad for Madras

April 20th, 2010


Perfectly lightweight and effortlessly chic, cotton madras fabrics feel quintessentially summery, as befits their Indian roots.  (The name "madras" comes from the old British name for Chennai, the Indian city that popularized the fabric.)  In shirts, shorts - and even jackets and pants, madras fabrics are found in plaid-type patterns - some crisply plaid, with others featuring colors that softly bleed into one another.

Style tip? Because madras fabrics are so breathable and lightweight, they’re the perfect summer fabric - and as such, should be worn only when temperatures permit.  Stock up now, and break your madras out once the temperature hits the mid-70s.

With fashion’s obsession with all things prep, they haven’t felt quite this fresh since the 1980s.  Since madras fabrics never really go out of style, we’d recommend picking up a few pieces now for seasons to come.  Here’s five madras pieces worth a look (#2 and #5 courtesy of Gary):

1. Gitman Vintage Purple Madras Shirt | $156 at Oak

2. Plantation Madras Plaid Shirt | $69.50 at J Crew

3. Thompson Madras Plaid Shirt | $79.50 at Rugby

4. Narrow Indian Madras Gold Tie | $85 at Polo Ralph Lauren

5. Button Down Shirt in Hillside Madras | $69.50 at J Crew

How will you wear madras?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Men,Shopping Guide,Trendscape

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lena  |  April 21st, 2010 at 7:46 am

    These are so cute, I just might have to get one (in a slim cut!) for the summer

  • 2. Gary  |  April 21st, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Nice article, Trish!

  • 3. Gary  |  April 21st, 2010 at 8:43 am

    By the way, taking a cue as I do sometimes from the J. Crew catalogs, I like to pair my madras shirts with white or off-white jeans. They also work with dark blue jeans.

  • 4. Trisha  |  April 21st, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Great style tip, Gary!

  • 5. Tebonin  |  April 25th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Nice post and great tips. Tough those colors are not my favorite. But I do love Madras as well.

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