Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
Many styles come and go but classic, patterned flannels are forever. And while we’ve talked about them many times before, sadly most of those finds sold out long ago. Today we revisit one of our favorite garments—regardless of how many flannels you have hanging in your closet, can you really resist another?
1) Outclass: Camel Plaid Flannel
If you’re looking for an understated flannel for this fall then look no further than Outclass’s Camel Plaid Flannel. Beyond its neutral colorway this flannel features mother of pearl buttons, a slightly longer than average body length, and double-needled seams for improve durability. These flannels are made in Canada from 100% cotton fabric, ensuring they’re both well made and comfortable to wear.
Available for $160 from Withered Fig.
2) The Real McCoy’s: 8 Hour Union Blanket Flannel
The Real McCoy’s 8 Hour Union Blanket Flannel is the real deal when it comes to heavyweight shirts. Made from a custom, 100% cotton blanket flannel fabric this shirt will keep you warm whether you use it to layer or by itself. It features cross-cut chest pockets, cats-eye urea buttons, and chainstitch runoff to highlight this age-old stitching technique.
Available for $340 from Standard & Strange.
3) Indigofera: Norris Selvedge Flannel
Indigofera’s Norris Selvedge Flannel is another great choice if you like to build your wardrobe with neutral colors. The selvedge fabric is woven on shuttle looms in Japan while the shirts themselves are made in Portugal. The pattern is quite generous, as is the case for most traditional flannels, but that works well if you are going for a boxier fit or intend to use this shirt as an outer layer.
Available for $235 from Rivet & Hide.
4) Vermont Flannel Company: Fitted Flannel
If you want a nice, entry-level flannel then there is no better choice than Vermont Flannel Company’s Fitted Flannel. Made in a more trimmed cut than VFC’s regular shirts, these flannels come in a wide range of sizes and colorways, and are sure to become a favorite this upcoming season. Made in the USA from European sourced fabrics, these single pocket flannels are soft, warm, and, best of all, inexpensive.
Available for $64 from Vermont Flannel Company.
5) Norse Projects: Anton Brushed Flannel
Norse Projects’ Anton Brushed Flannel is another great option for a slim-fitting flannel that doesn’t break the bank. Made in Portugal from 100% cotton fabric, these shirts feature a curved hem, mother-of-pearl-buttons, and a great attention to detail than you’d expect at their price-point. They’re made with a slight smaller than average, pointed collar that might not appeal to everyone, but if it’s your style than there is no better choice.
Available for $145 from End Clothing.
Plus One – Iron Heart: Ultra-Heavy Snap Flannel
If there is one brand known for their heavyweight clothing it’s Iron Heart, and while they’re primarily known for their denim it should come as no surprise that they make a dame fine Ultra-Heavy Flannel as well. Made with snaps instead of buttons, which is a great choice for thicker fabrics, these shirts are made in Japan on single, double, and triple needle sewing machines from 100% Asperco fabric. With a little western flair this flannel is quite unlike anything else on the market, at least when you really take a good, hard look.
Available for $350 from Iron Heart.