The Flannel Shirt Spectrum

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    Originally made of fine, short staple wool, by the 20th century most flannels were made from cotton.

Fall and flannel go hand-in-hand. Whether you wear it as a layer or add it to your regular rotation of button-downs, now's the ideal time to get a new one while the pickings are plenty. This season, more designers are taking the garment away from its lumberjack associations by using brighter colors and bolder prints. The result is a shirt that'll still keep you warm, without giving off that urban woodsman vibe. Here's a roundup of the coolest ones out right now:

 

Wallace & Barnes, $98

Heavyweight flannel done up in a bright buffalo plaid with camp pockets cut on the bias (for a unique spin on classic).

 

Gant by Michael Bastian, $170

Bastian switches things up with a spread collar, slimmer fit and old school details like a flap chest pocket and locker loop.

 

Engineered Garments, $225

White polka dots on a navy flannel body combine with details like a round collar and hidden placket.

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Creep, $135

Hiroshi Awai melds brown with hints of yellow and purple to take this shirt out of the woods and into today's times.

 

Gitman Vintage, $178

Made from the brand's soft yet thick Portuguese flannel, the block print adds a refreshing pattern in a sea of plaids.

 

Band of Outsiders, $280

An Italian-made subtle navy gingham button-down perfectly translates a summer pattern in a fall fabric.