Flannel shirts are made from textured fabric with a soft, slightly fuzzy or rough finish. They may have become an iconic fashion piece since their rise to popularity in the 1990s Grunge music scene, but their durability and warmth is what has made flannel shirts a staple for working men for hundreds of years.
The term flannel is often confused with plaid, which is the name of the signature check pattern they're associated with. Whether you're a fan of plaid or not, there are plenty of flannel shirts to choose from in a range of colours and styles. In this article, we've compiled a top 10 ranking of our favourite flannel shirts available in the UK. Plus, links on where to buy them online from Amazon, eBay and John Lewis. Enjoy!
Whether you want a durable and warm flannel shirt to work outdoors in or a shirt you can simply layer over a tee for a classic fashion look - we've got you covered! In this guide, we help you understand which flannel shirts are best suited for which purposes, and why.
There's a reason flannel shirts are a staple of working class culture both here and across the pond in the USA. Flannel shirts' thick and coarse finish means they're more durable than your standard cotton shirt. They're simply less likely to snag, rip or stain during tough outdoor or manual work. They'll also keep you warmer in changeable conditions, without the need for a bulky coat.
However, their working class roots have been appropriated by both alternative and high-fashion over the years. Today you can find flannel shirts that are less focused on how suitable they are for work and more about looking good.
Although they still have the traditional flannel feel, they're just not as tough as their predecessors. On the flip side, that means you'll get smart additions like button-down collars and label branding, for those of you who want to flex on your mates with the latest addition to your wardrobe!
For hundreds of years flannel shirts were made of pure wool, but these days they can be made from various different fabrics that are treated and brushed for the flannel effect. We've run through some of the most common textiles on the market today to help you spot the difference. Easy!
Flannel shirts were originally made from loosely spun wool yarn, for a soft textured finish. You'd think this would be the best option for flannel work shirts, but not so. Modern flannel shirts are usually made from cotton, which is brushed over to give a similarly textured finish called a 'nap'.
If you're looking to keep warm your new flannel work shirt, choose thick cotton with a fleece lining. These shirts will be a little bulkier on your frame, but they'll be more resistant to every day snags and tears all while keeping you insulated during changeable Autumn or Spring weather.
If you prefer looking good over practical concerns, pick a cotton shirt with a small percentage of elastane. This gives them a slightly tighter, less bulky fit - perfect for wear with a pair of slim fit jeans for that classic alternative look. If you're an urbanite without a lot of outdoor space for janging laundry, elastane also makes them easier to wash and quicker to dry!
Another consideration for many is the eco-friendliness of your clothes. You might want to seek out a non-GMO organic cotton shirt that's been made without intensive pesticides. That way you can feel good about your new purchase and it's impact on the environment. Some brands use fair trade and even locally made cotton too.
On the other hand, if you just want a fashion statement piece, then a button down collar is usually smarter. When it comes to working-inspired flannel shirts, there are plenty of heritage brands. So if you want to let everyone know exactly what lovely make of shirt you've got on, you might prefer one with designer branding.
So, now you know exactly what a flannel shirt is, and what kind of shirt will best suit your needs - let's get into our recommendations. In ranking order, here are the top 10 flannel shirts for men in the UK!
|Features||Two button up pockets, button cuffs|
|Features||Open chest pocket, button down collar,|
|Style||Fashion and work wear|
|Features||Two button up chest pockets, double layered placket, Vans branding|
|Material||100% organic cotton|
|Features||Button down collar, open chest pocket, Fjalraven branding|
|Material||98% cotton, 2% elastane|
|Features||Button down collar, Barbour exclusive Highland Check pattern, Barbour branding|
|Type||Fashionable and work wear|
|Material||97% cotton, 3% elastane|
|Features||Button down collar, two open chest pockets, Carharrt branding|
|Material||100% cotton flannel|
|Features||One open chest pocket, pointed collar, squared cuffs|
|Type||Fashion and work wear|
|Material||Flannel polyester outer, fleece lining|
|Features||Padded shoulders and chest, two snap button chest pockets, two jacket style pockets, Dickies branding|
|Material||55% cotton, 45% polyester, woolen fleece lined|
|Features||Button up chest pocket, fleece lining, straight fit|
|Material||100% Organic cotton, ethical sourcing and production|
|Features||Double button up chest pockets, extra thick flannel, button sleeves|
Men's Fjord Flannel Shirt
Milton Fleece-Lined Shirt
Portland Padded Shirt
Mens Riou Regular Fit
Men's Rugged Flex Hamilton Flannel Shirt
Highland Check Stripe 35 Tailored Shirt
Ovik Flannel Shirt
Men's Elm Long Sleeve Flannel
Men's Plaid Flannel Button Down Shirt
Thick Flannel Work Shirt from an Ethical Outdoors Clothing Brand
No Nonsense Work Shirt for Cold Winter Shifts
Super-Warm 90s Classic from the Work Wear Masters
Smart Flannel Dress Shirt from the German Suit Makers
Fashionable Workwear from the Company that Popularised Flannel
Quality British Style from the Gentry's Outfitters of Choice
Understated Norwegian Design
Street Style from the Skateboarding Brand of the Moment
Soft Cotton Flannel From America's Oldest Outdoor Clothing Company
Smart Style from an Italian Fashion House
|Style||Work wear||Work wear||Fashion and work wear||Fashion||Fashionable and work wear||Fashion||Fashion||Fashion and work wear||Fashion||Fashion|
|Material||100% Organic cotton, ethical sourcing and production||55% cotton, 45% polyester, woolen fleece lined||Flannel polyester outer, fleece lining||100% cotton flannel||97% cotton, 3% elastane||98% cotton, 2% elastane||100% organic cotton||100% cotton||Soft cotton||100% Cotton|
|Features||Double button up chest pockets, extra thick flannel, button sleeves||Button up chest pocket, fleece lining, straight fit||Padded shoulders and chest, two snap button chest pockets, two jacket style pockets, Dickies branding||One open chest pocket, pointed collar, squared cuffs||Button down collar, two open chest pockets, Carharrt branding||Button down collar, Barbour exclusive Highland Check pattern, Barbour branding||Button down collar, open chest pocket, Fjalraven branding||Two button up chest pockets, double layered placket, Vans branding||Open chest pocket, button down collar,||Two button up pockets, button cuffs|
The best mens fashion combines practicality and style for clothing that feels comfortable, looks good and is made to last! To save you time shopping online, we've lined up a few more articles on the best apparel for men in the UK.
Whether you want a rugged outdoor work shirt, a big name brand or something to suit an alternative style - we reckon we've covered at least one flannel shirt you'll be keen on. So next time someone says "flannel" when they meant plaid, you can show off your new shirt while you tell them what's up!
Author: David Weir
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