24 Best Flannel Shirts 2024

Thicker than a button-down and thinner than a jacket, the best flannel shirts are extremely versatile: They’re a sweatshirt’s fuzzier cousin, but with a collar and buttons. After reviewing and sizing up the top-rated options, our best overall pick is Faherty Legend Sweater Shirt, which is extremely soft with a brushed texture. If you need warmth for chilly days, we recommend L.L.Bean’s Flannel-Lined Hurricane Shirt, a classic that’s built to last. From there, we drilled down to find winners for specific situations (such as a tailored flannel you can wear to work), body types (built-in stretch is key) and budgets (quality flannel for less than $90 does exist).

At the end, you’ll find additional picks that didn’t make our initial cut but are still excellent and might be what you’re looking for. You’ll also get answers to readers’ commonly asked questions and styling tips at the bottom. Ahead, everything we highly recommend for the best flannel shirts.


Sizes: XS to XXL | Materials: 65% recycled polyester, 30% viscose, 5% elastane | Colors: 23 total, including Solid Navy Twill and Bozeman Plaid | Pros: Mixes softness and stretch for all-day comfort | Cons: Fabric could pill

Built for colder months with a soft, sweater-like feel and relaxed fit, Faherty’s popular Legend shirt is heavyweight and has a bit of stretch, making it both comfortable and warmer than your typical flannel. While it commands a higher price tag, the quality stitching and attention to detail make this shirt a standout choice, and it comes in 23 patterns and colors.

What the reviews say: “This shirt is really like your favorite sweatshirt and favorite flannel rolled into one. Great choice for cooler weather. Can be worn with jeans or khakis. Can be worn by itself or over a base layer.” — Faherty

Sizes: S to XXXL | Material: 100% cotton | Colors: 4 total, including Blue and Coal | Pros: Pre-washed, stain-resistant, extra warm | Cons: Might be too warm for mild climates

For extra warmth and durability, L.L.Bean’s Hurricane shirt is lined with flannel inside and sturdy cotton on the outside that resists the elements (water, wind). It can double as a jacket, comes pre-washed for softness and gets better and better with every wear.

What the reviews say: “Great shirt. This is the second one. First one has more year’s on than I can count with no rips, tears or holes. Just slightly faded from year’s of wearing.” —L.L.Bean

Sizes: XS to XXL | Materials: 98% cotton, 2% elastane | Colors: 19 total, including Charcoal Houndstooth and Burgundy Sage Plaid | Pros: Slimmer fit and refined look | Cons: Lighter fabric misses a little warmth

When it comes to your office look, Bonobos’ top-rated shirt is smart option since it has a tailored fit and is cut from a lightweight flannel, so you can layer it under a coat or sweater. It’s made from mostly cotton for softness and the mix of subtle plaids and solid colors feels stylish and works well for corporate or formal settings.

What the reviews say: “One of my favorite shirts in my collection, have it in three different color ways. Soft, light, but structured nicely and fits to a T. Great shirt.” — Bonobos

Sizes: XS to XXL | Materials: 100% organic cotton flannel chamois | Colors: 9 total, including Burnt Toffee Plaid and Birch Buffalo Check | Pros: Sturdy 7-ounce. cotton makes it extremely durable | Cons: Hemline is a little short for tall guys

Taylor Stitch is known for its commitment to classic design, quality and sustainability, with many garments produced in the U.S. with local manufacturing. Their top-rated Yosemite flannel is made from burly 7-ounce organic cotton, and has a modern warp and weft yarn structure to ensure it doesn’t fray or shrink in the wash.

What the reviews say: “This is a flannel above all other flannels. Warm but not too heavy. Soft and firm. I really love this shirt.” — Taylor Stitch

Sizes: XS to XXL | Materials: 52% cotton, 48% Tencel | Colors: 5 total, including Navy Twill and Olive | Pros: Cozy, smooth fabric| Pros: Not for extremely cold weather

Todd Snyder’s button-down really stands out for its softness, which makes it easy for all-day wear. It’s made from an airy blend of cotton and Tencel, a synthetic fabric derived from plant cellulose with an extra-soft feel. This is a lighter weight flannel, so it’s not the warmest option but that might not be an issue on milder days, and you can layer a tee under this shirt.

What the reviews say: “Stylish and so comfortable and soft due to the brushed flannel, you will want to wear this more often than not. Fits true to size. Super soft, nice light oatmeal color. Extremely comfortable.” — Todd Snyder

Sizes: S to XXL | Materials: 100% cotton loose-weave flannel | Colors: 7 total, including Harvest Plaid and Green Red Plaid | Pros: Durable, made to last | Cons: Sizing can be inconsistent

Flint And Tinder worked with a custom flannel mill to create this loose-weave twill flannel fabric. The shirt’s design takes its cue from classic work flannels, with a crossback construction that reinforces the yoke (i.e. the fabric that drapes over the shoulders). It’s a stylish, heavyweight flannel that’s built to withstand wear and tear, making this pick great for outdoor work, adventures or just relaxing.

What the reviews say: “This shirt is excellent, sturdy material. Fits great at its size and is great for cooler weather. Material is soft to the touch, feels like it will last a long time.” — Huckberry

Sizes: XS to XXL | Materials: 100% cotton | Colors: 7 total, including Heather Navy and Heritage Charcoal | Pros: Slimmer fit and warm fabric | Cons: No added stretch

Everlane’s flannel is made from a midweight, 5.8-ounce cotton that’s brushed for softness and has a tailored fit. Classic details, like the button-closure front flap pockets add interest, and this pick comes in both solid and prints for a look you can dress up or down. The price is also affordable for such a well made shirt.

What the reviews say: “The shirt fits really well, the style is great, and the fabric is good for a warm layer. It’s a classic piece with a casual look. It can be worn buttoned down. Love the fit.” — Everlane

Sizes: S to XXL | Materials: 63% recycled polyester, 36% rayon, 1% spandex | Colors: 12 total, including Cobalt Wine Plaid Dunewood Flannel and Wave Blue Plaid Dunewood Flannel | Pros: 4-way stretch offers plenty of give | Cons: No cotton in the fabric

For a laidback flannel you can live in during weekends, Fair Harbor’s has a relaxed fit and is cut from a sustainably made, performance fabric that offers 4-way stretch. It’s great for on-the-go days when you’re out and about and need a cozy shirt that’s breathable and comfortable.

What the reviews say: “Excellent fit and super comfortable. With flannel options everywhere this season it was nice to see such a pleasant color that is super soft and fits well. This flannel is the most comfortable garment I’ve ever worn.” — Fair Harbor

Sizes: XS to XXL | Materials: 62% recycled polyester, 33% Tencel lyocell, 5% elastane | Colors: 4 total, including Check Plaid Cassis Pomegranate and Heathered Smoked Spruce | Pros: Technical, moisture-wicking fabric | Cons: Might be too baggy for some

Lululemon’s foray into flannel is quite good: This just-released shirt offers “a technical take on a classic flannel,” as the brand puts it, with a stretchy, quick-drying fabric that drapes over your body rather than clinging to it. The oversized fit adds to the comfort factor, and this shirt can serve as your outer-layer on milder days.

What the reviews say: “Stays in shape after a couple washes. Love these. Purchased two last year and my husband wore them all the time. Really comfortable material and the perfect fit. This shirt is super high quality and slightly heavier than I thought it would be, which keeps me warm in the winter time.” — Lululemon

Sizes: XS to XXL | Materials: 100% cotton | Colors: 5 total, including Light Gray Plaid and Red Plaid | Pros: Heavyweight cotton provides extra warmth | Cons: Runs a little large

This flannel is made with extra heavy cotton to make sure the cold stays out—plus, a looser body allows for more layers underneath. If it’s cold enough for a sweater, but not quite cold enough for a winter jacket, this is an easy style as a grab-and-go option at an excellent price.

What the reviews say: “Classic plaid flannel with an updated style. A&F heavyweight flannel shirt jackets will last you a lifetime, getting better and softer with age and wear. The cut and fit are perfect, the colorways spot-on, and they’re warm as heck, too.” — Abercrombie

Sizes: XS to XXXL | Materials: 100% organic cotton | Colors: 25 total, including Marine Fox Creek Plaid and Daylight Seaview Plaid | Pros: Organic cotton is sustainable and ultra-soft | Cons: Expensive

Founded by professional surfer Kelly Slater and designer John Moore, Outerknown emphasizes sustainability throughout their clothing. Their bestselling flannel shirt is cut from organic cotton twill, and finished with corozo buttons made from repurposed tagua palm nuts, as a natural alternative to plastic. It has a soft, blanket-like feel and comes in a stylish mix of colors and patterns. The fit is relaxed so you can layer it over a tee or henley during the cooler months.

What the reviews say: “Great shirt, comfortable, durable, looks great, fulfills every purpose. I ordered another the day after I received this one. I have to tell you, it is the most durable comfortable shirt I have ever put on my body.” — Outerknown

Best Of The Rest

Sizes: S to XXL | Material: 100% polyester | Color: 6 total, icluding Tapenade and Pewter | Pros: Quick-drying, wrinkle-resistant | Cons: Runs small; consider sizing up

Outdoor Research’s flannel is woven from a sustainable fiber with built-in stretch that dries quickly and resists wrinkling and pilling, which makes it great for travel or those who don’t like to iron. This pick also comes in a wide range of colors and has a streamlined fit that works for most body types and activity levels.

Sizes: S to 3XL | Material:  100% cotton | Color: 33 total, including Cedarwood Plaid and Mini Buffalo Plaid | Pros: High-quality stitching, soft feel | Cons: Runs large but shrinks after washing

A number-one bestseller on Amazon, this shirt is what one reviewer dubbed the “lord of the flannels.” The stitching is durable to ensure the shirt will hold up to wear and washing, the fabric is soft and this pick comes more than 30 colorways.

Sizes: XS to XXL | Material: 100% organic cotton | Color: Jet Black | Pros: Easily transitions from casual to formal outfits | Cons: Higher price point

Allsaints’s flannel has a corduroy-like texture and classic plaid style. It’s a modern button-down with a curved hem, the brand’s Ramskull embroidered on the chest and a relaxed fit. The vibe is refined-yet-laidback and the dark check looks great with jeans. At this price, though, it’s not a flannel to be chopping lumber in. 

Sizes: XS to XXL | Material: 100% cotton | Color: 4 total, including Old Spruce and Deep River | Pros: Soft against skin, has a lived-in feel | Cons: Slim fit may not appeal to all

Madewell’s bestselling flannel strikes the right balance between thickness and comfort, with a mid-weight weave that’s great when the temperatures fluctuate. You can wear this shirt under a jacket or over a t-shirt instead of a light sweater.

Sizes: XS to XXL | Material:  100% cotton | Color: 10 total, including Buffalo Check Grey Navy and Sunset | Pros: Comes in Classic, Slim, Tall fits | Cons: Some patterns might be too bold

Great for the office or work situations, J.Crew’s shirt comes in three different fits, including a slim option if you don’t want to be drowning in flannel. The fabric is soft for all-day wear and has a mid-weight that’s great for layering.

Sizes: S to 4XL | Material: 100% cotton | Color: 7 total, including Black Ombre Plaid and Dark Olive| Pros: High quality cotton yarn-dyed flannel; affordable price | Cons: Too warm for transitional weather

Perhaps a flannel shirt just isn’t enough coverage for you. Dickies’s flannel jacket has a thicker, quilted construction and water repellent exterior to shield you from rain. Also nice: the fleece-lined hand warmer pockets.

Patagonia Long-Sleeve Midweight Fjord Flannel Shirt

Sizes: XS to XXL | Material: 100% organic cotton | Color: 11 total, including Fields/Natural and Forge Grey | Pros: The flannel fabric holds up after multiple washes and doesn’t fade | Cons: Runs small

This bestselling shirt from Patagonia is made of a 6.5 oz. organic cotton flannel that’s more durable and substantial than other lighter weight versions. A straight hem allows for flexible styling—it could also be worn as a casual lightweight jacket—and the 2-button cuffs are adjustable so the sleeves stay put, no matter the activity.

Sizes: S to 5XL | Material: 100% cotton | Color: 13 total, including Deep Sage Plaid and Gray Heather Multi Plaid | Pros: It’s available in tall sizes | Cons: Might shrink after drying

Duluth’s Free Swingin’ Flannel is designed with movement in mind: from swinging axes—like its name suggests—to hiking or working in the yard, the relaxed fit and deep shoulder pleats allow you to move without constriction. An inclusive size range fits many body types while design details like the hidden pencil pocket and a button-down collar help this pick stand out among other flannels.

Sizes: S to XXL | Material: 75% polyester, 21% Thermolite polyester, 4% merino wool | Color: Gulfstream Heather Fireside Plaid and Winestain Cabin Plaid | Pros: It doesn’t get too wrinkled after washing | Cons: It might fit tight in the chest and shoulders for larger sizes; consider sizing up

The Warmknit Flannel is made of a polyester-wool blend that’s engineered to simultaneously trap body heat and wick away moisture, so you’ll stay warm and not get too sweaty during wear. It’s also lightweight enough to be layered with other pieces and it can easily dress up, thanks to the slim fit.

Sizes: S to 3XL (regular and tall sizes) | Material: 100% cotton | Color: 6 total, including Gray Smoke and Burgundy | Pros: The solid color options are great if you’re not a fan of plaid | Cons: It might need to be ironed after washing

With a soft-brushed, two-ply cotton flannel and a just-right fit that’s not too slim or boxy, Eddie’s Favorite Flannel is both comfortable and durable for all-day wear. The dual back pleats won’t restrict you, so feel free to move all you want. It also gives off an unexpected upscale look, thanks to the muted color palette and a button-down collar.

Sizes: XS to XXL (regular and tall sizes) | Material: 100% cotton | Color: 7 total, including Light Blue and Navy Plaid | Pros: It’s roomy enough to layer with a thin sweater | Cons: There’s not a XS or S in tall

Perfect for both outdoor activities and casual outings, the Textured Flannel Shirt from Banana Republic has a slightly heavier weight that keeps you warm. Classic design details like two front flap pockets, a traditional point collar and a shirttail hem add to this shirt’s versatility; it looks stylish both on its own or worn open with a tee underneath.

Sizes: S to XXL | Material: 100% cotton | Color: 13 total, including Red Buffalo Check and Alabaster Vintage Plaid | Pros: Cotton is brushed on both sides for ultimate softness | Cons: Returns aren’t free

Medium weight, warm enough, soft-brushed cotton…what more can you ask for in a flannel? This wardrobe staple from Land’s End offers plenty of coziness without the risk of overheating and the traditional fit and back pleat make it so comfortable, you won’t want to take it off.

Sizes: S to 4XL (regular and tall sizes) | Material: 100% cotton | Color: 7 total, including Asphalt and Basil | Pros: Triple-stitched seams add to its durability | Cons: It might be too boxy for slimmer builds

This heavyweight 8 oz. cotton flannel from Carhartt covers a lot: it’s warm without being too hot, it’s cozy soft but durable and there’s a slight natural stretch to it so you won’t feel constricted when reaching overhead. The spread collar gives it a modern, casual style while the garment washing process reduces shrinkage and further softens the brushed cotton.

How We Chose The Best Flannel Shirts

When selecting flannel shirts for this list, we researched the market and fabric choices available, with an eye toward keeping the selection varied and emphasizing well-fitting, quality-made options for different fashion needs. We considered comfort level, price point, colors, sizes and fit options as well in our final recommendations.

What To Consider When Choosing A Flannel Shirt

Flannel is a soft woven fabric—usually cotton, but sometimes wool—that traces its routes from Wales as early as the 16th century. And since then, it’s been used in shirts. Flannel options are thicker than your typical all-cotton style, and often come in season-friendly prints and patterns. Here’s what else to keep in mind:

  • Asses the fabric thickness. All flannels are made with varying degrees of thickness, which can change the way they’re layered and how warm, or cool, they may be. When shopping, think about the season and climate, and whether you plan to wear the shirt on its own or under a jacket.
  • Think about color and pattern. They’re among the biggest differentiating factors when it comes to flannel shirts. Think about what patterns and color schemes fit best with the rest of your wardrobe and shop accordingly.
  • Keep fit in mind. Depending on your body size, shape and preferred fit, a slim cut or boxy cut flannel could be better for you. In most cases, it’s best to have a roomier flannel than one that’s too tight.

What’s The Best Way To Care For Flannel Shirts?

To prolong the life of your flannel shirt, it’s always first recommended to follow care instructions on the garment’s label. Typically, flannel shirts should be washed in cold water on a gentle cycle to prevent excessive wear. Avoid using harsh detergents or high-heat settings if you decide to put in the dryer. It’s not speedy, but air drying is usually the best way to maintain any shirt’s softness and prevent shrinkage.

What’s The Difference Between Brushed And Unbrushed Flannel?

Brushed flannel is soft to the touch and has a cozy, textured feel, making it ideal for added warmth and comfort. Unbrushed flannel, on the other hand, has a smoother surface and may feel lighter. The choice between the two depends on your personal preferences for texture and warmth. Brushed flannel is typically best for colder weather while unbrushed flannel is better for layering and milder weather.

How Should I Style And Layer Flannel Shirts For Different Situations?

Flannel shirts are versatile and can be styled for many occasions. For a casual look, wear your flannel unbuttoned over a t-shirt or layer it under a denim jacket. In colder weather, flannel shirts can serve as mid-layers under a heavier coat or even as a jacket in and of itself. To dress things up a bit, pair your shirt with chinos or dress pants. Remember that this is fashion—there are no strict rules; experiment with different patterns and colors depending on the season and your personal look. At the end of the day, a flannel shirt is a style classic so it will serve you well in a number of different fashion situations.

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