A 19th century gentleman would keep at least one work shirt for less decorous duties around the home, and a workman would have several on in his wardrobe.
Work shirts were often made of durable cotton or linen fabrics, and varied widely in color and pattern as they were often made from whatever fabric happened to be available. In addition to solid colors like green, navy and red, work shirts were made of a variety of patterns that spanned stripes, calicos, paisley, and plaids.
Work shirts often had simple band collars, suiting their utilitarian purpose, and shirt bodies were often very simple pullovers, with a plain front, or sometimes a separate bib for extra protection.
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