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.
If there is one style of shirt that meshes perfectly with raw denim it’s the solid, flannel shirt. Whether you’re a run-of-the-mill workwear denimhead looking for a style of shirt that can be worn everyday, or you’re simply in need of an ideal shirt for layering, it’s hard to go wrong with a solid, monocolor flannel. Some are cotton while others are wool, but regardless of the fabric this is the perfect style of shirt for the upcoming winter.
1) A Kind of Guise: Lamport Shirt
A Kind of Guise isn’t one of the brands that we commonly feature, but their Lamport Shirt is an excellent interpretation of a classic flannel. Made in Germany from 100% cotton, this shirt is a modern reinterpretation of classic workshirts with two button-flap chest pockets, a pointed collar, and a box pleat on the back. While there is nothing that makes this flannel shirt unique, it’s an excellent option for those looking to expand their wardrobe without making waves.
Available for $195 from End.
2) Iron Heart: 9oz. Brushed Herringbone Flannel
Iron Heart might be known for the heavyweight denim, but that doesn’t mean their 9oz. Brushed Herringbone Flannels are any less compelling of an option. This 9oz., cotton flannel shirt is made in Japan with all the great details you’d expect from a brand of IH’s caliber: triple stitched yoke, flat-felled seams, chainstitching, and high quality snaps throughout.
Available for $360 from Division Road.
3) Portuguese Flannel: Teca Button-Up
If you are looking for great, relatively inexpensive flannels then there is no better option that Portuguese Flannel. Their Teca Button-Up is a great example of this in the form of a solid colored flannel. Made in Portugal from 100% cotton, this shirt has fantastic details for a shirt at its price point, such as mother of pearl buttons and reinforced cuff and collar. Available in a wide range of colors, this is a fantastic choice if you’re looking to greatly expanding your shirting options and simply want multiple colors of the same shirt.
Available for $135 from Blue Owl.
4) Vermont Flannel: Fitted Flannel Shirt
Vermont Flannel is well known for their classic, flannel offerings, and since the introduction of their Fitted Flannel Shirt several years ago their shirting options have only become more compelling. While most of their shirts are available in patterned they do offering several, solid colored options. Despite the low price these shirts are made from soft, European flannel and sewn in the USA ensuring a fantastic price:quality ratio.
Available for $64 from Vermont Flannel.
5) Canali: Flannel Shirt
Despite the fact that Canali is a bit more of a dressy, fashion-focused brand than many of the workwear brands we generally write about, their Flannel Shirt is a great option if you’re looking for a flannel shirt that can easily be paired with jeans or chinos. Made in Italy with some great details, such as mother of pearl buttons and excellent stitching details, these shirts are an excellent option for anyone looking for some new flannels.
Available for $295 from Mr. Porter.
Plus One – Buzz Rickson: Wool Flannel CPO Shirt
Buzz Rickson makes phenomenal reproductions of military-inspired clothing, and their Wool Flannel CPO Shirt is an excellent example. Made in Japan from 100% boiled wool flannel, this shirt is made with fantastic attention to detail. Featuring a single chest pocket with scalloped flap, chainstitch runoff, and custom twill backing, this shirt has all the great details you’d expect from a top-notch CPO reproduction.
Available for $280 from Self Edge.