“Way back, when I had the red and black lumberjack with the hat to match” was the same time when you were rocking that busted old flannel handed down from your second cousin. And now that summer has set sail and faded into the autumn winds, the flannel is about to be the most prominent item in your weekly attire. It’s a staple of the fall/winter wardrobe season, becoming a core layer under a coat or jacket. Every brand around the globe has tried to stitch the perfect flannel together, but there are always a select few that rise above the rest, and CYTIES knows exactly where to find them. Here’s our 2020 lineup of the best-of-the-best when it comes to modern Flannels to take on the elements.
FILSON ALASKAN GUIDE SHIRT
On the simple notion that Alaska is the name, it goes without saying that the Filson Alaskan Guide Shirt is going to be top notch. The fabric has been pre-washed to add comfort and a vintage look while the ample room around the shoulders is perfect for a weekend of splitting wood. This is a versatile flannel and beyond suited to for the Alaskan Guide.
OUTERKNOWN BLANKET SHIRT
A shirt with the comfort and warmth of blanket sounds almost too good to be true. The Outerknown Blanket Shirt is made from 100% Organic Cotton, stitched to travel, and because we’ve all be known to rock the “floordrobe”, this shirt battles back against wrinkles. The fit is designed for layering which is ideal when you’re out on the pier checking the surf… with your Blanket.
CALIFORNIA COWBOY HIGH SIERRA FLANNEL
To the layman, a flannel is a flannel. To California Cowboy, the High Sierra Flannels is oh such more. With buttons and chest pockets like all the rest, the High Sierra elevates with a rear bottle pocket, sunglass holster, and a zippered hip pocket for the essentials. And to really set this shirt off, the luxury Portuguese flannel lined with a cotton-poly thermal is an added bonus. Take the High Sierra to the High Sierra, backyard bbq, or the local dive, it’s ready for adventure.
FAHERTY BRAND ALPINE SHIRT
Inspired by the grind of the 9 to 5 with a fit that’s not slim or too boxy, the Faherty Alpine Shirt is suited to jump between the woods and concrete without loosing a button. This flannel is a hybrid of your favorite everyday hoodie and a button down suited for the more formal affairs. The heathered texture cotton is easy on the eyes, is amazingly comfortable, and elevates your style well beyond the Alpine.
TAYLOR STITCH YOSEMITE
A true heritage shirt from Taylor Stitch, the Yosemite flannel looks as great as it feels. The 9 oz 100% Organic Cotton elevates this commonly known weekend flannel to an everyday piece. The cut is slim and shorter than most, so it always looks good untucked. The TS Yosemite is the shirt you wear to meet the future in-laws before you head out with the boys.
TOPO DESIGNS MOUNTAIN SHIRT
Topo describes the Mountain Shirt as an everyday shirt that goes with everything and can be worn to any occasion… agreed. Made from 100% cotton twill flannel with oversized button closures, the Mountain Shirt is by no means a seasonal shirt. And whichever mountains you’re climbing, natural or concrete, the Topo Designs Mountain Shirt is fit for part.
FILSON VINTAGE FLANNEL
Flannels by their very nature are supposed to be durable and play happily in the timber, so why look further than the Filson Vintage Flannel. Its durability comes from a work shirt lineage while the 8.5-oz cotton twill is a breathable mid-weight cotton. This is the flannel you would’ve tried to steal from your dad, but today the Filson Vintage Flannel is all yours.
PENDLETON BOARD SHIRT
Stitched from pure virgin wool and built for anything under the sun, the Pendleton Board Shirt has been thriving since the ’60s. The dual chest pockets, casual lay-flat collar, and Umatilla wool sourced from Oregon make this flannel an everyday piece for surfers and city dwellers alike. And like that bottle of wine you’ve been saving since Wednesday, the Pendleton Board Shirt also betters with age.