Flannel shirts are a skier staple. You can ski in them, après in them, and the more you wear them, the better they get. We’ve all got a favorite, and you probably don’t need more than one, but then again…more shirts means less laundry. Here are four flannel shirts we love because they’re soft, well-fitting, and durable.
While several of these shirts have a tailored fit, the Pladra flannel is top of the line when it comes to the long, trim cut that still allows for a solid range of motion. Made with 100 percent cotton, this heavy-weight plaid shirt is double-brushed for warmth and softness, so it feels like it’s already been broken in. Animal prints on the cuffs and collar add a little something spicy when you roll up your sleeves.
For a different take on the traditional flannel shirt, I’m very into this puffy plaid bomber jacket from prAna. It is made from recycled polyester yarn made with eco-friendly dye and it’s insulated with responsibly sourced down (it has the Responsible Down Standard rating) for warmth you can feel good about. There’s a zippered pocket inside with a media port to thread headphones through and two deep hand warmer pockets. Size down if you’re in between sizes as this jacket fits (comfortably) a bit baggier than expected of a bomber.
The most straight-forward flannel in the bunch, the Heywood shirt is the ultimate in comfort. It’s a roomier cut that can be worn over another layer or two without adding bulk, but you’ll probably want to wear it against your skin because the organic cotton is so damn soft—and only gets better with wear. Caution: It may make you want to move to a farm and rake leaves with it’s traditional, down-home style (not to mention, price.)
This button-up flannel made from wicking polyester is the performance piece in this lineup. While it looks and fits like a cotton shirt, the temperature-regulating and breathable polyester make it a great midlayer while skiing or touring. Flip the collar up and you’re blocking out sun and wind as well. The one tradeoff of the polyester is the way it holds odor, so heads up if you were planning to wear this to bar after the skin track. But you do you, girl. The fit is long, hitting at the hips, and tailored nicely without being too snug. If you’re fuller in the hips or chest, consider sizing up.