When you read the word “flannel,” your mind doesn’t have to travel far to think of big plaid shirts that seem better suited for woodsy duties or grunge band Halloween costumes than for casual office attire.
But flannel isn’t a pattern. Instead, it’s a style of material that originated with wool but is currently typically made from cotton, in either a twill or plain weave with one or both sides napped for softness.
Flannel material makes for the perfect fall shirt because it feels soft and warm against the skin and adds another dimension to cotton fabric. Solid flannel shirts are a great alternative to the more casual plaid flannel versions, and more trim cuts mean they help your outfit look crisper and more put together.
We present you with some great selections for solid flannel shirts to ensure warmth and style in the coming months. And every single one of these shirts can properly pair with each one of these.
Amazon Essentials Flannel Shirt
You don’t have to drop 50 bucks to get a easy-to-style solid flannel. Amazon’s Essential apparel line now has one that’s actually slim cut for a tidy look that won’t make you look barrel-chested when you’re actually not. The medium-weight flannel is thick enough to keep you warm but thin enough to roll up your sleeves. Two chest button flap pockets and a spread collar round out the look, and it comes in four great colors. Throw on a great chore coat over it, and you’re ready for those falling temps.
Patagonia L/S Fjord Flannel Shirt
This one’s thick enough to double as a shirt jacket, so it makes a great layering option when the temps aren’t frigid, and you don’t want to put on a coat. The heavyweight organic cotton flannel is soft and warm for days when things are bitter outside.
What’s more, the straight hem provides ideal untucked wear, and the pleated back allows reach without the rip.
Everlane Modern Flannel Shirt
Everlane makes quality clothing that’s timeless and simple but built on transparent pricing. Their flannel shirt is no exception, and it cuts out the bulk for a more contemporary look. The button-down collar means you can throw a casual blazer over it to dress things up a bit, and both sides of the 5.8-ounce cotton flannel are napped for softness. Pair it with dark jeans and some leather-soled military-style boots, and you’re put together ever so easily.
Weatherproof Vintage Solid Flannel Shirt
Sometimes a bit of soggy weather protection goes a long way, and this shirt doesn’t just get a less rustic look but an infusion of polyester to deter the drops. The heathered fabric lends visual texture, while the single button patch pocket and button-down point collar are perfect for sweaters or blazers. Your new favorite office shirt may be a flannel.
Lands' End Traditional Fit Flagship Flannel Shirt
The Flagship actually comes in three cuts, so you can choose the fit you prefer. Its ringspun combed cotton is brushed on both sides, and it’s midweight for indoor and outdoor comfort. The single patch pocket is buttonless making it a tad dressier, and the button-down collar keeps your look cleaner than other point-collar versions. Its perfect office mate for those surprise client visits can be found right here.
The Yosemite Shirt
If there was ever a solid flannel shirt fit for a king, it’s the Yosemite. The heavyweight 9-ounce 100% organic cotton flannel chamois is ultra-soft and very thick, but the shirt’s cut is trim and tailored. It’s also brilliantly pill resistant for serious longevity and has no pleats for easy ironing. The craftsmanship is peerless with lock-stitched buttons and buttonholes, as well as double-needle felled construction. It might seem like a lot to pay for a flannel shirt, but this one is worth it because you’ll never want to take it off.
Topo Designs Mountain Shirt
The Colorado-based company makes some of the best clothes around with a cut that manages to toe the line between traditional and tailored. Their Mountain Shirt is remarkably soft and rich-hued yarn-dyed 100% organic cotton flannel available in multiple colors. The styling gets a western touch with yoke detailing and big BDU buttons for easy management. Large button-flap chest pockets balance the look nicely, and the shirt looks great tucked or untucked. It even comes in some bright hues that match the fall foliage.
Resin Brushed Flannel Two Pocket Shirt
Made with long and regular wear in mind, the Resin Brushed Flannel shirt is thick, warm, and gets a full but not oversized cut for layering without a bulky look. The 100% cotton is brushed on both sides, and the twin chest pockets get angled flaps with polished buttons. This solid flannel stands out thanks to its trimmed collar, button board, and pocket flap undersides for reinforcement in high-friction areas. This is one shirt that will last for years, straddling days at the office and weekend camping trips.
Men's Chamois Shirt
L.L. Bean’s Chamois Shirt is legendary for its construction and softness, and it’s been a staple in the Maine outfitter’s lineup for decades. This version gets thicker 7.5-ounce Portuguese cotton chamois fabric in a generous, more traditional cut that’s anything but billowy, though it surely leans more to the outdoor environment than office meetings. All seams are double-stitched, and the shirttail hem means it’s ideal for untucked wear. The button-flap chest pockets are ever-so-slightly angled for a touch of character. It just might make you want to swing an axe.