The Best Flannel Shirts for Men to Shop in 2023

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With the fall finally right around the corner, a lot of us are excited to finally be able to pull out certain things from our capsule wardrobes. For men, one of the classic fits for colder weather includes a flannel shirt, whether it’s over a white t-shirt or under a bomber jacket. If you need some flannel shirts for the fall and/or winter, below we’ve compiled a list of 25 of the best flannel shirts for men to rock throughout the season.

From Bonobos' Stretch Flannel Shirt ($39) to H&M's Relaxed Fit Twill Shirt ($14.99), the entries on this list run the gamut price wise, with options from the super affordable up to high-end designer.

RELATED: The 25 Best Bomber Jackets for Men to Shop in 2023

The Best Flannel Shirts for Men, at a Glance:

1. Bonobos Stretch Flannel Shirt

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Best Overall Flannel Shirt For Men

  • What we love: The comfort and affordability
  • What we don't: Fits a little to slim in the arm/shoulder area
  • Material: 98% cotton, 2% spandex
  • Sizes: XS - XXL
  • Fit: Athletic
  • Price at time of publish: $39

This classic plaid is a very affordable option that was by Bonobos for Bonobos lovers. The shirt is made almost entirely of cotton (with a little bit of spandex throw in there) and is machine washable for ease of use. Multiple colors are available along with the option of choosing whether you want a slim or standard fit, and if you are a pocket person, there's two chest pockets you can use to put your very small belongings.


2. H&M Relaxed Twill Shirt

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Most Affordable Flannel

  • What we love: The versatile nature and awesome price
  • What we don't: Runs slightly small
  • Material: 100% cotton
  • Sizes: XS - XXL
  • Fit: Relaxed
  • Price at time of publish: $14.99

This Relaxed Twill flannel from H&M is another classic option for those that are on a mission to spend under $20. The shirt is 100% cotton (which means it's super comfortable) and plaid with a classic button placket and open chest pockets. The neutral colours also mean that it can go with pretty much anything in your wardrobe. Once again, there are open chest pockets available for those of you who are shirt stuffers, and a sleeve placket with a link button.

SHOP NOW AT H and M, $14.99

3. Wrangler Authentics Flannel

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Best Classic Flannel

  • What we love: Keeps you warm, is layerable, very comfortable
  • What we don't: Sleeves run short
  • Material: 55% Cotton, 45% recycled polyester, 3.8 Oz.; Lining: 100% polyester
  • Sizes: S - XXL
  • Fit: Relaxed
  • Price at time of publish: $29.99

This flannel from Wrangler Authentics is made with a recycled polyester cotton blend (shoutout to sustainability) and has the warmth and comfort of its wearers in in mind, hence the double-sided brushed fleece. The heavy-duty plastic buttons also mean that it should last a few winters, and did we mention that the shirt is a sustainable one? You can never go wrong with sustainability.


4. Madewell Sunday Flannel

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Best Work Flannel

  • What we love: Fantastic quality, ultimate comfort, durable
  • What we don't: Colors sell out quickly
  • Material: 100% cotton
  • Sizes: XS - XXL
  • Fit: Regular
  • Price at time of publish: $39

If you’re looking for something a little softer to the touch with a nice weekend chill, try this long-sleeve flannel from Madewell which is made well (we'll never miss an opportunity to play on their name). It’s made from cotton and has a very thick texture, which mean doesn’t just feel great, but keeps you warm. The loose fit also means that it’s versatile, and the cotton is sustainable as well. A perfect fit that helps the environment.


5. L.L.Bean Scotch Plaid Flannel Shirt

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L.L. Bean

Best Lightweight Flannel

  • What we love: Keeps you warm, versatile, very soft
  • What we don't: Shirt tail is too long
  • Material: Portuguese cotton flannel
  • Sizes: S - 3XL
  • Fit: Traditional
  • Price at time of publish: $59.95

L.L.Bean’s method of using longer-staple cotton (Portuguese cotton flannel in this case) and meticulous brushing means that their flannels’ fabric is not only strong but also very soft. This flannel is slightly fitted, so it’ll hug your body a little tighter than some looser options, but still loose enough to not qualify as a tight fit if you get what we're saying. So you'll definitely enjoy this flannel should you choose to purchase.


The Best of the Rest:

While the next 20 flannel shirts for men didn't make our editors' picks section, these are still some great other options to consider when shopping for a flannel:

6. Dickies Duck Flannel-Lined Shirt

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  • What we love: Comfortable inner lining, works for all settings
  • What we don't: Tends to run small
  • Material:  100% Cotton sanded duck canvas
  • Sizes: S - XXL
  • Fit: Regular
  • Price at time of publish: $54.99

This flannel-lined shirt from Dickies is 100% cotton and has a 100% cotton flannel lining to boot. This, combined with the reinforced seams that are both durable and machine washable, along with reinforced hems the shirt is accompanied with means this shirt is rugged and will last a long time even in harsh weather.


7. Carhartt Men’s Heavyweight Flannel-Lined Shirt

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  • What we love: Doesn't wrinkle, good price, comfortable
  • What we don't: Tends to run too big
  • Material: 100% Cotton
  • Sizes: M - 3XL
  • Fit: Loose
  • Price at time of publish: $25.87

Carhartt is a great brand for premium items of clothing and this flannel-lined shirt is no different from the many great quality products they offer. The buttons down the shirt are snap closure, as are the buttons on both of the chest pockets. The shirt is also triple stitched through the seams and is garment washed, which means the shrinkage is kept to minimum.


8. Urban Outfitters Standard Cloth Short Sleeve Flannel Shirt

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Urban Outfitters
  • What we love: The color range, comfort, and durability
  • What we don't: Might run big/small
  • Material: 100% Cotton
  • Sizes: XS - 2XL
  • Fit: Standard
  • Price at time of publish: $55

This Urban Outfitters short sleeve flannel shirt (not all flannels come long sleeve) is made with 100% Cotton. It has a classic but slightly relaxed fit with a button down front on the color. There's three different colors to choose from which aren't the standard traditional colors, but that’s part of why we love it.


9. Duluth Trading Flapjack Fleece-Lined Relaxed Fit Shirt

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Duluth Trading
  • What we love: Great quality, keeps you warm
  • What we don't: Buttons hard to work with
  • Material: 100% Cotton
  • Sizes: S - 4XL
  • Fit: Relaxed
  • Price at time of publish: $89.50

The outside of this flannel from Duluth Trading Co. is made with cotton while the inside is crafted from polyester fleece. There are five pockets here (plenty of room for storing your smaller items), and some of them are fleece-lined so that way you can keep your hands warm in the cold if you happen to be anti-gloves. The durable material mean you should be able to reach and stretch easily too as the shirt has stretch components built in as well.


10. Bespoke Post Summit Flannel Shirt

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Bespoke Post
  • What we love: Very soft, exceptional quality, decent price
  • What we don't: Sizing could run big/small
  • Material: 100% Cotton
  • Sizes: S - 3XL
  • Fit: Relaxed
  • Price at time of publish: $65

Bespoke Post is a brand associated with high quality and craftsmanship, and that’s certainly the case for this Summit Flannel Shirt which has a range of colors to choose from. It’s crafted wit mid-weight cotton and brushed on both sides to create a soft smooth. Plus, it’s a tailored fit so it’s great to wear on the outside or with something over it, and there's a left chest patch pocket for additional storage space.


11. Levitate Baja Flannel

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  • What we love: Great quality and sustainable
  • What we don't: Sizing could run too small depending on build
  • Material: 60% Organic cotton, 40% recycled poly heavyweight flannel fabric
  • Sizes: S - XL
  • Fit: Regular
  • Price at time of publish: $79

From here on out, we start to get to some of our pricier, premium flannel shirt options. This flannel is a Baja twists on Levitate’s classic collection. It’s made with 60% organic cotton and 40% recycled poly heavyweight, which means it should stay soft through years of washing, and while the shirt is known for fitting true-to-size for those that have purchased, there's is enough room for an undershirt if you wish.


12. Pladra Elli Cascade Flannel Shirt

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  • What we love: Made with premium fabrics, great texture
  • What we don't: Possibility that it might run too small as it's a slim-fit
  • Material: 100% cotton brushed Portuguese marled heathered flannel
  • Sizes: S - 3XL Tall
  • Fit: Slim-fit
  • Price at time of publish: $119

What makes this flannel from Pladra standout from previous entries on this list is its anti-microbial finish with moisture wicking capabilities, meaning you won't sweat as much and the shirt dries easily. This actually makes the shirt perfect for all kinds of weather because you won’t feel stuffy in it. Another standout is the premium fabric as the shirt is brushed with yarn on both sides for extra softness.


13. Taylor Stitch Ledge Shirt

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Taylor Stitch
  • What we love: Great material, sustainable, fabric is comfortable
  • What we don't: Fabric is heavy and may run too big
  • Material: 100% Organic cotton
  • Sizes: XS - XXL Tall
  • Fit: Traditional
  • Price at time of publish: $128

This Ledge Shirt by Taylor Stitch is available not just in the Dusk Check color pictured above, but multiple colors and designs which is good for those that like options. The shirt features the brand's signature California collar and lock-stitched buttons for a high-quality feel, while the double-needle felled seams and buttonholes add to the overall security of the shirt. The quality is phenomenal as well.


14. Billionaire Boys Club Plaid Flannel

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  • What we love: Versatile, easy to layer and build around
  • What we don't: Could run too small
  • Material: 95% polyester, 5% wool
  • Sizes: XS - XXL
  • Fit: Traditional
  • Price at time of publish: $83

Billionaire Boys Club long has been associated with luxury since their 2003 inception, and a reflection of that is this plaid flannel shirt of theirs which is inspired by American workwear and is woven with a touch of wool. The shirt features a spread collar, shirttail hem, flap pockets, and a button closure for the finishing touch.


15. Cotopaxi Organic Flannel

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  • What we love: Very soft, can be worn year-round, sustainable
  • What we don't: Shirt is prone to shrinking
  • Material: 100% Organic cotton
  • Sizes: S - XXL
  • Fit: Regular
  • Price at time of publish: $41.50

Cotopaxi's Organic Flannel Shirt is considered to be one of the most comfortable shirts on the market as it's crafted from heavyweight organic cotton and comes in a bright yellow plaid color. The drop in chest pockets are an additional cool feature, and you can rest assured you'll be warm and comfy.


16. Todd Snyder Flannel Button Down Shirt

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Todd Snyder
  • What we love: Garment is great quality, great price for the brand and features
  • What we don't: Could run small/tight in certain areas
  • Material: 100% Cotton
  • Sizes: XS - XXL
  • Fit: Relaxed
  • Price at time of publish: $74

Made from 100% in Portugal, Todd Snyder’s flannel is a classic for colder weather. They claim that it’s so soft that it feels like cashmere and the fact that it’s lightweight means you can wear it in warmer conditions as well, which is a bonus. Additional features that we like are the single-button chest pocket, the locker loop at the neck, and the side seam gussets.


17. Percival Flannel Workshirt

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  • What we love: The versatility and the ability to dress up and down
  • What we don't: May run too wide
  • Material: Italian wool
  • Sizes: S - XXL
  • Fit: Slightly wider fit
  • Price at time of publish: $150

This is a flannel workshirt from Percival, which essentially means that it’s cut a little wider from their other offerings along with different pockets. This shirt is luxury personified, made from an Italian wool blend, and it can function as a shirt or even a jacket. Percival describes the Flannel Workshirt if you so choose.


18. Off-White Black Outline Flannel

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Neiman Marcus
  • What we love: The Off-White brand, the quality, and fit
  • What we don't: On the pricier side
  • Material: Cotton
  • Sizes: S - XXL
  • Fit: Traditional
  • Price at time of publish: $910

At this almost $1,000 price point, it’s no secret that you’re paying for the brand even more so than the product. Thankfully, Off-White’s arrows logo is embroidered on the back (though you may have to squint to see it) and the name of the brand appears on the chest pocket as well. Off-White is renowned for their ultimate quality and fit, and that's specifically present with this flannel.


19. Burberry Beige Check Mix Flannel

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  • What we love: The standard Burberry design and comfort
  • What we don't: Might run too long
  • Material: Cotton poplin
  • Sizes: XS - XL
  • Fit: Traditional
  • Price at time of publish: $720

This Checkered Flannel from Burberry is also out there if you are willing to spend the over $700 price. It’s has the traditional Burberry design, the option to go long sleeve or short sleeve and runs longer, so it’s essentially an extremely tall fit. There's also a point collar, single-button cuffs, and a curved hem for extra measure.


20. Rick Owens Larry Shirt

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  • What we love: The superior quality, versatile design
  • What we don't: On the pricier side
  • Material: Cotton 97%, spandex/elastane 3%
  • Sizes: 48 - 50
  • Fit: Traditional
  • Price at time of publish: $1,850

Next up is this Rick Owens cotton/elastane flannel shirt that retails for a small fortune. It features Rick Owens' classic check pattern throughout, is made in Italy, and is built with extra stretch to allow you some mobility and flexibility while moving and going on about your day.


21. Kuhl Dillingr Flannel

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  • What we love: The great quality and color range
  • What we don't: Could run big or small
  • Material: 60% Cotton, 40% tencel 
  • Sizes: S - 3XL
  • Fit: Relaxed
  • Price at time of publish: $89

The cotton and tencel mix on this flannel shirt from Kuhl means that the quality is comfortable, breathable, and bound to keep you warm on any cool day. Their's two chest pockets built onto the shirt, and a hidden pocket that allows you a little extra storage (just don't forget it's there). The maximum quality and comfort is "what makes it Kuhl," and you'll love your purchase.


22. Cabela RedHead Ozark Mountain Flannel Shirt

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  • What we love: Comfortable material, affordable price
  • What we don't: Prone to shrinking
  • Material: 100% Cotton Twill
  • Sizes: S - 5XL
  • Fit: Traditional
  • Price at time of publish: $14.97 - $22.99

Looking to keep your spending under $25? Consider the Ozark Mountain Flannel Long-Sleeve for your wardrobe capsule. The shirt is brushed on both sides for softness, is a combination of quality and comfort, and is boosted by an overall great fit. You might encounter some shrinking when using the drying machine, so perhaps air drying should take care of the problem.

SHOP NOW AT CABELA'S, $14.97 - $22.99

23. Ash & Erie Vintage Navy Flannel Shirt

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Ash & Erie
  • What we love: Made with cotton, has anti-shrinking
  • What we don't: Could run tight in certain areas
  • Material: 100% Cotton 
  • Sizes: XS - XXL
  • Fit: Traditional/Slim
  • Price at time of publish: $75

You could also rock with this flannel from Ash & Erie, which is made with 100% cotton and has anti-shrinking properties. The shirt is designed to be worn untucked (not that you can't wear it tucked), and there's two chest pockets that nicely complements the refined collar. Crafted with a vintage look in mind, the warmth and comfort is very much there for the fall and winter seasons.


24. Proper Cloth Thomas Mason Flannel Shirt

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Proper Cloth
  • What we love: The fabric and soft feeling of the shirt
  • What we don't: A little on the pricier side
  • Material: 100% Cotton 
  • Sizes: XS - 3XL
  • Fit: Traditional
  • Price at time of publish: $175

Don't take our word (well actually do), Proper Cloth has a great flannel worth your consideration and coins. This shirt in particular has new fabric weaving and treatment technology, which is at the center of its construction and comfort, and the shirt is polished for a smooth finish. You might have to spend a little more than some of the shirts on this list, but consider the purchase an investment.


25. Faherty Brand Sherpa Plaid Lined

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  • What we love: The plush quality, layering ability, and durability
  • What we don't: Might run big or small
  • Material: 85% Cotton, 15% wool
  • Sizes: M - XXL
  • Fit: Traditional
  • Price at time of publish: $163

Faherty Brand has a great Sherpa Plaid Lined Flannel made with a cotton/wool blend that's perfecting for the upcoming cooler months. The lining is made with 100% recycled polyester adding a sustainable component, and the shirts are designed to fit true-to-size, meaning you're most likely to get the fit right on the first time. That's always a positive don't you think?


How to choose the right flannel:

The right flannel is one that takes into consideration versatility and the ability to be layered, but there's some other factors to keep in mind.

Material: The best material for flannel shirts is either 100% cotton or a cotton mixture with another material such as wool or tencel. The cotton base will ensure comfort and breathability, whereas other materials such as wool and spandex will keep you warm and allow for stretching capabilities.

Construction: Most flannels are constructed with long sleeves, however there are some short sleeve flannel options (we've included a couple on this list). Most flannels tend to also have buttoned cuffs, and at least one chest pocket that may be opened or closed.

Fit: Flannels come in all fits from slim to oversized. If you like your flannels oversized, then it might be a good option to go a size up, and if you like more of a tapered fit, then the slim-fit might be the best option for you.

Closure type: Most flannels come with a button closure. You may run into some flannel shirts that have a zipper (which may be a good option if you struggle with mobility), but button-ups/downs are the standard for flannels.

Price: You can expect to pay around $40 to $60 bucks for an average flannel. However you can find some selections that are around $20 that are still relatively good quality. If searching for a luxury flannel, then you can expect to spend at least a few hundred bucks.

FAQs about flannel shirts for men:

What is a flannel?

A flannel shirt is one typically made with a soft woven fabric like cotton or wool, and the design is traditionally a plaid one (though it can come in different designs). Flannel shirts are also very soft, warm, and cozy.

What brands make the best flannels?

Some our favorites are Proper Cloth, Kuhl, and Huckberry. Patagonia, Outerknown, and Uniqlo are also good brands to check out for flannel shirts.

What's the difference between flannel and plaid?

While similar, flannel is type of fabric whereas plaid is an actual design pattern. So a shirt can be both flannel and plaid, which is what you mostly see in flannel shirts.

How should I wash a flannel shirt?

Most flannels can be machine washed. However, it's important to pay attention to whether or not the shirt has shrinking properties. If the flannel you are considering is prone to shrinking, then you'll want to air dry instead of putting it in the dryer.

When can I wear a flannel?

For comfort reasons, flannels are meant for cooler seasons such as fall and winter due to it's material. However, some flannels are transferable to warmer weather (we've included one on this list) so that you can stay relatively cool while wearing.

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