Menswear Named After Real Men: 10 Jackets, Shirts, and Hats With Surprising Etymologies

No one can live forever, but having a garment named in your honor ensures that, in a certain sense, you're still walking around years after your demise. Read on to learn the historical origins of your favorite closet staples.

What: The raglan shirt

Who: FitzRoy James Henry Somerset, the first Baron Raglan

Why: After losing an arm at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, the first Baron Raglan ordered a special shirt that could fit over his coat to hide his lost limb. The result—a shirt with sleeves that extended in a single piece up to the collar—is popularly referred to as a baseball or a raglan tee today.

Photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
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