Update Your Winter Wardrobe with the 11 Best Red Flannel Shirts for Men

The 11 Best Red Flannel Shirts
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Nothing says casual Christmas and winter-wear in America like a red plaid flannel shirt. In fact, this winter-weather staple is so popular that it borders on a style cliche, but it’s a classic for a reason, damn it.

But what exactly makes this wardrobe essential so special? Plaid originates from the Gaelic word Plaide, which means blanket. Originally, these rough garments were worn by the Scottish to keep them warm during the winter. Now, the term just means generally anything tartan inspired, so crossed horizontal and vertical bands in two or more colors.

The construction of the shirt, flannel, is a thick and loose weave of either cotton, synthetics, or wool, creating a more durable and warmer fabric than that of other traditional weaves. And, of course, red is a color.

Fashion lesson over, let’s get you to the fun part: finding the best red flannel shirts on the market. The classic red-and-black flannel is a staple in many guys’ fashion rotation, but some men avoid this look for that exact reason. No matter your personal sense of style, we’re confident you’ll like something on our list of the best red flannel shirts for men.

  

1. BRIXTON Plaid Button-Up Flannel Shirt

BEST OVERALL

This shirt epitomises the excellent qualities of the plaid flannel shirt. It’s laidback, slightly faded, and the conventional pattern has been given a welcome shake-up on the breast pockets. It’s constructed of good quality cotton-flannel (which means it’s super soft) and it’s affordable. What more could you ask for?

Brixton Red Flannel Shirt Courtesy of Nordstrom

  

2. FILSON Red Checked Cotton-Flannel Shirt

BEST LAIDBACK

If you like your red plaid flannel shirts with a little muddy, dusty, or chocolatey hue, see below. This Filson shirt is constructed using a durable double-needle technique and flat-felled seams. This is a piece built to withstand heavy use.

 

Filson Red Flannel Shirt Courtesy of Mr Porter

  

3. O’NEILL Redmond Standard Fit Plaid Button-Up Flannel Shirt

THIRD BEST RED PLAID FLANNEL SHIRT

Put this shirt on and you will instantly feel a craving for a ‘witches brew IPA’ or suddenly find yourself chopping wood. What will it be: lumberjack or hipster? This O’Neill’s shirt is made from softly peached cotton twill, meaning it’s incredibly soft to the touch.

O'Neill Red Flannel Shirt Courtesy of Nordstrom

  

4. LUCKY BRAND Plaid Western Shirt

COOLEST RED PLAID FLANNEL SHIRT

This Western-style shirt from Lucky Brand offers a modern spin on the classic red flannel shirt. Where the red and black check patterns meet the lines go out of focus. Combined with the classic Western-style, this plaid shirt is the perfect mix of modern and retro.

Courtesy of Nordstrom

  

5. 1901 Trim Fit Plaid Flannel Button-Up Shirt

BEST FOR SIMPLICITY

When wearing a wardrobe staple such as the red plaid shirt, it’s best not to over complicate things. If you want to keep the red plaid shirt within the realms of normality, then this shirt by 1901 typifies the simple success of this smart-casual winner.

1901 Flannel Shirt Courtesy of Nordstrom

  

6. ENGINEERED GARMENTS Classic Plaid Shirt in Navy/Red/Green

BEST RELAXED SHIRT

There is so much in this shirt that contributes to its ineffable coolness. There’s the impeccable choice of colors, the camp, relaxed collar and the straight back yoke with box pleat, giving a billowing but manageable silhouette. There’s the oversized shape, the twill, thick textured plaid, and the fact it is made in the USA. Glorious.

Engineered Garments Red Flannel Shirt Courtesy of Need Supply Co.

  

7. LEVI’S Red Check Flannel Worker Shirt

BEST CLASSIC RED-AND-BLACK FLANNEL

Get a classic from a classic. Iconic denim company Levi’s doesn’t just make incredible jeans. From time to time, the brand also puts out some decent button-ups, sweaters, and jackets. This classic red-and-black check design is the standard red flannel shirt. And with the name Levi’s behind it, you can’t go wrong adding this men’s shirt to your closet.

best red flannel shirts levis Courtesy of ASOS

  

8. RRL Checked Cotton-Flannel Shirt

BEST AMERICANA-INSPIRED

RRL is a brand famed for the inspiration they take from the Americana style. This flannel shirt is patterned by a yarn-dyed ombre check and comes with Western-inspired patch pockets, a metal concho button, and snap fastenings. Now, reach for the cowboy hat… you know you want to.

RRL Red Flannel Shirt Courtesy of Mr Porter

  

9. AMI Button Down Shirt With Chest Shirt

BEST FORMAL

Another cool classic by the indomitable Parisian brand AMI. It is designed with a clean check, giving it as much formality as a red plaid flannel shirt can muster. It is made from 100% high-quality cotton and is a dry clean only shirt — so treat it with the respect it so clearly deserves.

AMI Red Flannel Shirt Courtesy of Moda Operandi

  

10. JOHN ELLIOTT Straight Hem Flannel Shirt

BEST GRUNGE SHIRT

The spirit of Kurt Cobain just became that much closer. With the nineties coming back around (and seemingly sticking around), this grungy flannel shirt is a welcome style update for your wardrobe. It comes in brushed flannel giving a wonderful texture and a soft, comforting feel.

John Elliott Flannel Shirt Courtesy of Need Supply Co.

  

11. L.L. BEAN Scotch Plaid Flannel Shirt

BEST CLASSIC LOOK

The legendary L.L. Bean flannel is never a bad addition to your wardrobe. Made from soft cotton, this is a cozy classic that’s perfect for the office, your next Christmas party, or sitting by the fire with a good book. It has a relaxed fit through the chest and sleeves, and it’s a durable flannel that should last for several winters to come. Even better, L.L. Bean matches their plaids to historical tartans in the Scottish historic registry. So when we say it’s a classic, we mean it.

red flannel shirts best Courtesy of L.L. Bean