Flannels are the unofficial cold-weather uniform of the outdoors. Suit up with picks that span the gamut from performance to fashion.
Nothing says fall like a flannel. Crisp nights by the campfire, brisk mornings chopping wood, and chilly days in town all pair perfectly with the warm and stylish shoulder-season staple.
Today’s flannel evolved from lumberjack roots to include shirts made with an array of fabrics, upgraded technical features, and even heavy-duty jackets. Best of all, there’s an option to fit every budget and style. In this review, we compiled the best women’s flannel shirts of 2017. Read on to get equipped for the colder days ahead.
Best Flannel Shirts for Women
This Carhartt shirt is a classic—and for good reason. It’s impressively durable for the price without wading into scratchy, uncomfortable territory. A blend of cotton and spandex, this shirt may not be the most technical on the list. But for only $20, it could be your perfect campfire companion.
If, like me, you live in a warmer climate but still want to get in on the seasonal plaid, the Carin shirt is a great option. I’ve been wearing it nonstop hiking, camping, and on cool mornings harvesting on the farm. The drop hem means it’s longer in back, so you can bend over without any plumber-crack concerns or easily pair with leggings. Plus, it’s made with a blend of cotton and polyester from recycled bottles.
For a cheap shirt, this one lasts a surprisingly long time and doesn’t pill or fade in the wash. It shrunk a bit after several wash and dry cycles, but I otherwise found this a worthwhile use of $20. Be forewarned, though; the cut seems to change regularly. It’s worth trying one on in the store to assure a happy fit.
This shirt looks classic but is full of technical features. Made of a nylon/polyester blend, it breathes and wicks like your favorite performance tee. Add in odor-control technology and ultra soft feel, and this performance flannel will keep you comfortable and fresh from the morning trailhead to evening happy hour. My favorite feature, though, is the zippered pocket on the right hip. It’s a perfect place to stash your ID and a little just-in-case cash.
Made by bikers for bikers, now you can up the fashion factor next time you tear down the singletrack. I love how the Liv’n brings a bit of western flare with mini pearl snaps. Made of a midweight hollow-core polyester, it keeps you warm on cool mornings and still wicks and breathes once the temps climb. The mesh underarms provide some venting, and reflective accents keep you visible at night. A solid choice whether traveling by two wheels or not.
Made of 100-percent organic cotton, the Fjord Flannel is an updated take on the classic flannel. It is an investment, but one worth making. Once you put this buttery-soft flannel on, you’ll never want to take it off. Luckily, it comes in a range of colors and washes up nicely, so you can wear it day after day.
In need of an extra campfire layer one weekend, I grabbed this shirt on a whim. Surprisingly, it became a mainstay. It’s a fun option if you’re excited to jump on the flannel train but want to forego the plaid print. It doesn’t have any bells or whistles, and probably won’t last a lifetime, but for less than $35 it’s a good, basic flannel.
Looking for a way to mix up your flannel use? Meet the Pemberton Wrap. Synonymous with flannel, Woolrich makes a soft, all-cotton flannel in both shirt and wrap forms. And while this flannel wrap looks great running around town, it’s also a solid choice for a little extra fireside warmth.
Simms Wool Blend Flannel – $80
A wool-polyester blend, this shirt is warm, wicks well, and dries quickly. It has a UPF 50 rating, so you can spend all day on the river protected from the sun. I also appreciated the semi-fitted design and darting, which gives the shirt a shapely cut without sacrificing function and ease of movement. A great choice for fishing, traveling, hiking, camping, and grabbing a drink afterward at a pub.
This heavyweight flannel is thicker than most other flannels. Made in the USA, it has a tailored fit for women’s curves and is made of 100-percent cotton. I like that it’s roomy enough to hike or camp in comfortably but tailored to fashionably wear to work. I’ve worn and washed mine for more than a year and am happy to report it looks and feels just as good as it did on day one.
Made in Vermont, these flannels are thicker and more durable, yet have a reasonable price. I love how soft it is and appreciate that it hasn’t noticeably shrunk after numerous wash and dry cycles. The cut is a bit boxier than some options, but it’s a great choice for layering and made in America, too.
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