2020 Winter Buyers Guide

The Best Men's and Women's Flannel Shirts of 2020

These shirts do it all—dinner, drinks, and (yes) lumberjacking

(Photo: Inga Hendrickson)

First, let’s be clear about something. Flannel is a fabric, not a pattern­—like, say, plaid. (Plaid just happens to be one of the more popular patterns used in flannel apparel.) Semantics aside, there’s a reason everyone’s wearing flannel shirts again: they look good and are more functional (and comfortable) than your average button-up.

Columbia Flare Gun Stretch ($65)

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Take Columbia’s Flare Gun Stretch, a cotton-blend classic: loose fitting, super soft, and cut long for maximum comfort. We found ourselves wanting to wear it a few days in a row. So we did.

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Filson’s Women’s Western ($135)

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The brushed-cotton twill of Filson’s Women’s Western is butter soft against your skin, and it has just enough structure—particularly in the cuffs and collar—to offer a tailored look without sacrificing comfort. Style points for the pearl snaps.

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Stio Dovetail Cabin ($109)

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Stio’s Dovetail Cabin is equal parts snug—made of brushed cotton—and lightweight. It features a longer, more feminine cut and a roomy fit without looking frumpy.

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Mountain Hardwear Moiry ($95)

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The handsome navy and yellow buffalo check sets the Mountain Hardwear Moiry apart. Its tight cotton weave provides durability and unrestricting structure, and the cropped cut is stylish.

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Fjällräven Canada LS W ($150)

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Made of 70 percent antimicrobial, temperature-regulating wool, the Fjällräven Canada LS W is a little on the heavy side, but it’s supremely functional. The other 30 percent is polyester, lending the shirt a bit of stretch, making it possibly the perfect shirt for actual lumberjacks.

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Hugh and Crye Swanson ($85)

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Despite being a menswear brand, Hugh and Crye received praise from both men and women for its all-cotton Swanson. The flannel is soft and the fit options plenty, so you can get one worthy of dressing up.

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From Winter 2020 Buyer's Guide
Filed To: StyleClothing and ApparelCasual
Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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