Flannel shirts are the best. They’re as essential as a solid T-shirt but as comfy as a sweatshirt. They also look like, you know, real clothes. Even if you’re just wearing one around the house.
For the fall and winter, a solid collection of flannels will make your life infinitely easier, especially if we’re all about to stay parked on the couch as our office for the colder months. Flannel refers to the fabric of the shirt—usually a thick cotton—and is often marked by its checked and plaid patterns. Of course, there is no limit to the flannel. You can buy flannel shirts that look like they have that cool, worn-in vintage look, and there are now flannel options in solid black, all white, and even pink. The limit does not exist.
For the ultimate variety, it’s great to have a selection of colors, but also of fabric weights. For the full lumberjack in the woods feel, go all in with the thickest, heavyweight flannel shirts you can wear in the winter. But for warmer fall days, soft, lightweight flannels will keep your outfits solid without overheating you.
We scoured the internet for the best of the best. For classic outdoorsy shirts, flannel shirt brands like Pendleton, Woolrich, and Filson can’t be beat. For fun modern takes, look to places like Allsaints, Topman, and Uniqlo. Here are the best 20 flannels for men to shop right now.
Everlane is a go-to spot for building out a solid wardrobe foundation. This flannel is a solid, easy fit and at a middle-of-the-road price point that we can get behind. This nutmeg color is a cool color that looks good with every type of jean.
Topman’s classic buffalo check flannel is made modern with a slightly more fitted shape. It looks especially good with dark denim and combat boots.
Madewell’s Sunday shirt is the kind of shirt you’re going to want to wear every single day. It’s super soft and low-key enough where people might not notice that your Zoom shirt hasn’t changed in a week.
Filson is known for its old-school reverence to the great outdoors, and this flannel shirt is a perfect example of such. The high-quality fabric will serve you for many winters to come.
Basically anything Pendleton makes us want to sit around a fire pit and reminisce. While maybe we can’t do that on any old Tuesday, we certainly can wear a flannel shirt that mimics the feeling.
If the idea of a flannel skews too outdoorsy for you, Allsaints’ takes are a solid alternative. It uses the same cozy fabric, of course, but the more abstract print leans a little more urban.
Houndstooth plaid is one of the favorite prints for a fall flannel. It has a bit of an old-school look without feeling frumpy.
Workwear is another perennial favorite for fall clothes. This Knickerbocker flannel is the best of both. Wear it with jeans and brown boots.
Flannel shirts aren’t the most intuitive to dress up—and is a skill best left to the pros. But if there were to be a version that’s simpler to pull off, Todd Snyder’s is it. It’s fitted, sharp, and looks just as good with trousers and it does jeans.
If ever there were a classic flannel print to have around, a red buffalo check is it. It looks good with black jeans, dark denim, or gray sweatpants, for…those kinds of days.
L.L.Bean is the master of all things outdoors, and this flannel shirt is no exception. It’s a heavier weight for colder days, and is made with 100 percent organic cotton.
The Uniqlo x JW Anderson collaboration has had some standout pieces over the seasons, including this exemplary checked flannel shirt. It has a longer hemline, making it look cool layered over a tee or left untucked with fitted denim.
Mr P.’s flannel is, of course, a modern, streamlined take on the shirt. The ombre checked pattern is unlike any other flannel you might have, but the white and gray coloring is still easy to pull off.
Outerknown is a big fan of ocean and surfing inspiration, and this flannel is the laid-back epitome of it. It’s blended with linen, making it more lightweight than most other flannels.
Look to Carhartt WIP For basically anything you want to wear in the fall. This cool navy flannel looks great with workwear pants and a beanie.
It’s nice to have some lightweight flannels around for days that are not frigid but still call for a fall and winter feel. Woolrich’s flannel is comfy, airy, and perfect for a casual workplace.
If you’re looking to expand your variety of flannels, BDG’s $54 ones are a good place to start with their vintage-inspired flannels. The all black feels familiar but looks new—and there’s also a pink, for a bright option.
Yellow is not always the easiest color to wear, but Patagonia’s flannel will help you pull it off well. The checked pattern makes it feel a little more muted. Wear it for all your fall activities.
For the casual workplace—or, via Zoom—a fitted flannel is a good choice for looking put together but feeling comfy. And if you wear it with sweats, no one will be able to tell.
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