World's Coolest® Cotton Madras Shirt

Beat the heat in these stylish plaid Madras shirts.


You'll stay cool and comfortable in this handsome Madras shirt, cut from our open, square-woven cotton fabric very nearly as lightweight as our World's Coolest shirting material for breathability and a relaxed fit. Dyed in a rainbow of muted colors—subtle variations ensure that no two shirts are exactly alike—this Madras shirt boasts a button-through patch pocket, center front placket, and back box pleat. Spread collar. Pure cotton. Washable. Imported.
Sizes: M(38-40), L(42-44), XL(46-48), XXL(50-52).


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.4 / 5 based on 126 reviews


105 of 126 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Great Shirt - 4/2/2015
    By: from Washington State

    I like the shirt, great color and material. looks good with slacks or jeans.

  • 5/5

    Beaautiful! - 3/31/2015
    By: from Ithaca, NY

    I purchased this madras shirt for my husband who loves madras because it is so light weight for summer wearing. He also is not a fan of flashy colors and this shirt has a really nice combination of colors that go with lots of different colored pants or shorts.

  • 5/5

    Great shirt! - 3/23/2015
    By: from Covina, CA

    What a great shirt. I was concerned after reading some of the reviews that the color would be different from the catalog. The feel of the material is going to be great during the humid summer.

  • 5/5

    Quality, Quality, Quality - 3/21/2015
    By: from Enterprise, AL

    Just when you think you have purchased "The Best", along comes a shirt better in style and quality. Orvis has done so with this shirt.

  • 5/5

    Pretty Shirt - 3/10/2015
    By: from Kansas
    Top 500 Contributor

    it is a nice looking shirt for my husband and it washed well and you have to iron it but did easy. Colors are really pretty. Good weight for warmer days.

  • 5/5

    Great Summer Shirt! - 3/3/2015
    By: from Chicago, IL

    Very colorful, yet masculine summer shirt. Can be worn with khakis to the office or jeans on the weekends!

  • 5/5

    Great Colors - 2/7/2015
    By: from NE PA

    Really like the subtle muted colors, quite sophisticated. Great shirt.

  • 5/5

    Perfect for Summer Wardrobe - 2/3/2015

    Orvis shirts are a perfect fit for my husband every time. I take this shirt out of the dryer after just a few minutes, shake the wrinkles out and iron it with my fingers before letting it dry completely on a hanger. A perfect addition to any man's summer wardrobe.

  • 5/5

    ORVIS Madras shirt - 2/2/2015
    By: from Houston,TX. & Asheville, NC

    As They implie, "world's coolest Madras shirt, and it is cool in fact due to the make-up of the material, all cotton and the color combination, is quite amazing, just love it and I might add that the ORVIS Patchwork Short in both short and long sleeves are just as handsome. I have all three and many, many more. I can't give enough accolades to ORVIS about their line of men's clothing. I basically buy 99% of all my clothes from ORVIS!!!

  • 5/5

    shirt 4 - 2/2/2015
    By: from northern Minnesota
    Top 1000 Contributor

    great deal on 2nd markdown. nice cloth, fits well.

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A summer classic, 5,000 years in the making

Madras is made exclusively for Orvis in one of the world’s hottest climates. Pure cotton madras cloth comes from India, where cotton has been hand-woven into fabric for more than 5,000 years. India’s long tradition of textile production lends a distinctive air of craftsmanship to our men's and women’s patch madras clothing. This lightweight fabric is ideal for summer—it breathes so well because it is woven in a 60/40 thread count, keeping the fabric light yet strong.

India manufactures about 6 billion yards of fabric every year, more than half of which is woven by hand. Textiles are a major factor of the nation’s economy—thanks to the climate, which is ideal for growing cotton, and the skill of millions of native craftspeople. Traditional madras, named for the city where it was originally made, is a fine cotton fabric, yarn-dyed with vegetable dye in solid colors or plaid and striped patterns. These organic dyes ran or ‘bled’ every time the madras was washed, developing a telltale blurred effect over time.

Today, most madras is still made in southeast India, but it is dyed with stable chemical dyes to prevent this loss of color. Our madras clothing is made of end-to-end madras. This pastel-hued fabric is woven by alternating dyed and white yarns in the warp and weft, resulting in a subtle depth of color. The bolts of end-to-end madras are then cut into squares and sewn back together to make another single piece of fabric, a process perfected in India. Even our word patch comes from India-it's an abbreviation of the Telug word pach'chadamu, meaning "two pieces of cotton cloth joined together." By the late 1700s, patch was commonly in use in English, defined as "thin pieces of cloth at Madras."

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