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11 Best Flannel Shirts for Men: Your Multi-Season Staple

By Beau Hayhoe  |  Updated December 12, 2023

11 Best Flannel Shirts for Men: Your Multi-Season Staple
Courtesy of Taylor Stitch

Reliability is something we appreciate here at WERD. And reliability in menswear starts with time-honored pieces you can trust, sometimes with a little added flair.

The best flannel shirts are certainly among the most trustworthy pieces in a man’s clothing rotation for brisk weather. As the months stretch on, flannel can become an essential layer on a commute, for adventures far afield and for casually rugged style situations.


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
  • Heritage pieces, made modern: The flannel shirt, especially in a plaid pattern, has been a menswear classic for decades, but today’s options make use of modern fabrics and cuts.
  • Ready for nearly anything: Some flannel shirts from heirloom brands are most functional as a workshirt and some have a more refined look and feel – find the option that’s right for you.
  • A multi-season classic: Although best suited for cold weather, flannel shirts can even function as a light layer come spring or on particularly cool summer nights. Keep one close by as needed.

Some modern flannel shirts are made with stretch and some are simply made with soft-brushed organic cotton, but there’s nothing quite like the dependability of a flannel shirt.

Whether worn as a workshirt over a thermal base layer or worn all on its own with crisply cut chinos, the flannel shirt deserves a place of pride in every man’s wardrobe – start with these selections.

Best Overall

Taylor Stitch Ledge Shirt

Why did I choose it?

I don’t know about you, but I simply can’t get enough when it comes to Taylor Stitch shirts.

There’s much to love, from soft brushed fabric to distinctive colors and patterns, and a pleasingly sized collar and precise chest sizing are also hard to pass up. All of those are on fine display in the Taylor Stitch Ledge Shirt.


Best Inexpensive Flannel Shirt
Legendary Whitetails Buck Camp Flannel

Best Flannel for Layering
Patagonia Midweight Fjord Flannel Shirt

Best Traditional Flannel
L.L. Bean Scotch Plaid Flannel Shirt


Best Overall

Taylor Stitch Ledge Shirt


$138
 

Some flannel shirts feel like you’ve had them forever, right out of the box. Or rather, the best flannel shirts feel that way, and that’s certainly the case with the fan favorite Taylor Stitch Ledge Shirt.

Its organic cotton is washed for a lived-in feel, and the perfectly sized collar and chest patch pockets are standout details.





Best Inexpensive Flannel Shirt

Legendary Whitetails Buck Camp Flannel


$30
 

The great outdoors and a great flannel shirt go hand in hand – flannel’s warmth is ideal for chilly mornings, days at the camp site or nights in a hunting blind, and that’s where Legendary Whitetails comes into play.

The relaxed fit of this handsome, rugged flannel makes for easy layering, while corduroy cuffs add both warmth and style.





Best Flannel for Layering

Patagonia Midweight Fjord Flannel Shirt


$99
 

Patagonia’s blend of sustainability and style is to be treasured and preserved, and it’s just one thing to love about this flannel shirt.

Organic cotton keeps it eco-friendly, button chest pockets make for an overshirt-ready layer, and the straight hem finish is a nice change of pace for that type of layering in cold weather.





Best Traditional Flannel

L.L. Bean Scotch Plaid Flannel Shirt


$60
 

The warmth of a roaring fire, the chill of a New England fall or winter and the reliability of L.L. Bean winter boots – all are nearly a given these days, right? L.L. Bean’s Scotch Plaid Flannel is utterly classic, made from Portuguese cotton flannel in an authentic and rich Tartan plaid pattern.






Outerknown Transitional Flannel Utility Shirt


$138
 

Finding the right flannel shirt is an unexpected treat – when you put on a perfectly crafted flannel shirt, one made from ultra-soft fabric, you feel it right away. That’s the idea behind the Transitional Flannel Utility Shirt, which sustainable style masters Outerknown designed to work as either an overshirt or a standalone workshirt.






Bonobos Lightweight Stretch Flannel Shirt


$99
 

Flannel is plenty warm as a shirting fabric, but Bonobos walks the line between bulky and lightweight with a perfectly executed flannel shirt.

They’ve given it modern stretch for comfort, then added details like a buttondown collar for an Oxford shirt-like feel. Like other Bonobos essentials, it comes in a vast array of colors and sizes.






Pendleton Long-Sleeve Burnside Flannel Shirt


$90
 

Pendleton is synonymous with rich, eye-catching patterns and the softest fabrics, from its outerwear to blankets, and this flannel shirt doesn’t cut any corners, either.

Made from soft brushed cotton, this flannel shirt has plenty of built-in history – the brand was likely worn by your grandfather, which is something to be cherished.






Filson Alaskan Guide Flannel Shirt


$145
 

For decades, Filson has made some of the most weather-ready goods on the planet – just ask anyone who’s every layered up in the Alaskan Guide Shirt.

It’s an heirloom classic made from brushed cotton twill and designed with pleated rear shoulders, so it’ll prove easy to move around in while tackling tough winter jobs.






Relwen Brushed Flannel Blanket Long-Sleeve Shirt


$198
 

Ever been so cold you’ve almost felt like wrapping yourself in a blanket to step outside? Extreme as that might sound, that’s where Relwen gathered inspiration for its rugged, heritage-minded flannel shirt and its brushed fabric. They then outfitted it with oversized flap pockets for added utility.






Todd Snyder Two-Pocket Flannel Shirt


$139
 

The flannel shirt takes on a surprisingly luxe feel in the hands of Todd Snyder, the legendary menswear designer with a penchant for taking the rugged and making it refined.

The ombre plaid is eye-catching, while two button chest pockets give it that timeless flannel shirt feel. Wear it as often as possible with Todd Snyder selvedge denim.

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Buck Mason Pacific Twill One-Pocket Shirt


$138
 

Buck Mason has an innate sense of how to make classics modern – this super-soft flannel shirt is crafted from cotton twill, so it’s got a 21st-century feel. They’ve also slimmed down the fit and added details like a chest pocket, turning the flannel shirt into one you can dress up slightly or dress down.





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