The Naturalist’s Shirt

The Naturalist’s Shirt was a staple of the brand from 1983-1988 and is distinguished from other BR shirts by front pockets that do not have closure flaps. Most commonly, these shirts have smooth dark copper snaps rather than buttons. However, they did switch to buttons for a brief time in 1986, and then brought the snaps back in 1987 claiming there was a public outcry. The poplin material is light, crisp and has a faded quality due to the repeated washings they describe. 

1986 Naturalist Shirt with buttons

The Naturalist Shirt (buttons, late era tag)

Flapless pockets with brass snaps.

Stylish cuff.

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  • Doug Kinnaird on May 14, 2014

    I still have two of several Banana Republic Naturalist’s Shirts I bought between 1987 and 1989 – still my favorite shirts, even after 35 years – and would like to know if anyone can tell me if this shirt is still made/sold by any business today. I know BR got them from a Hong Kong source – probably not made-to-order, as I know BR sourced clothing from multiple other small retailers.

    • David Krause on April 4, 2017

      If you find some, let me know. I had three and they were my favorite shirts.

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