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There are many iconic articles of clothing in a man’s wardrobe — everything from a pair of 501 Levis jeans to your Chuck Taylor converse shoes.
But no wardrobe is complete without a few classic flannel shirts.
Sure, flannel shirts may be seasonal — but when the season arrives, there’s no shirt that is more comfortable than a well-worn cotton flannel shirt over a pancake breakfast and cup of coffee!
Why Mens Flannel Shirts Are So Popular
One of the best qualities of the flannel shirt is the brushed finish of the cotton — which means the shirt has a soft, already broken in feel.
You can find mens flannel shirts in various weights — from:
- around 4 ounces (for early spring and early fall when it is just cold enough for a flannel shirt without an additional layer)
- more than 7 ounces (for late fall and winter months when the weather becomes much colder)
Flannel shirts come in various fits — from slim fit to classic fit — and they’re available with:
- Straight hem bottoms
- Classic tails
- Curved hems
In terms of collar styles and pocket styles:
- Flannel shirts can be found with button down collars, as well as standard collars.
- The pocket styles on mens flannel shirts range from single chest pockets to double flap utility pockets.
Ways To Wear Flannel Shirts
While you can wear a t-shirt or Henley underneath, the soft brushed finish of the cotton certainly allows you to wear a flannel shirt without anything underneath as well.
It’s a great shirt to layer under a denim jacket, crew neck, v-neck, or cardigan sweater.
Mens flannel shirts can certainly be worn at the office (especially lightweight 4 ounce flannel), casual dinner with friends, Friday night football games, or hanging out in the great outdoors by a campfire.
The greatest thing about mens flannel shirts is that they don’t require dry cleaning. If you just lightly press a flannel shirt with an iron (without starch), the comfort it brings will exceed any other shirt in your wardrobe!
3 Best Mens Cotton Flannel Shirts
Let the following be your guide for choosing the quality of construction, material, style, design, and fit of your next flannel shirt:
The oxbow bend plaid flannel shirt from Wollrich is my personal favorite. The weight of the shirt is perfect, and I really like the durability of the double-layered forearm, back yoke, and front placket. This 100% cotton flannel shirt is my go-to for outdoor adventures and weekend chores.
The 100% cotton luxury flannel shirt from Orvis is truly luxury! This classically styled flannel is what I wear for my business casual Fridays layered under a nice cardigan and a pair of flannel-lined cotton chino pants.
This is the flagship flannel shirt that I like as my everyday flannel with my favorite jeans. I also like the fact that they have several fit options as well as a “tall” option which gives you a little extra in sleeve length.
I’ve been in the men’s clothing business since 1991. My specialty is custom-tailored suits and shirts, as well as men’s accessories.