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    Traditional Flannel Shirts

    Are there any flannel shirts that are considered traditional?

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    LL Bean.

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    I think you could make an argument that a two-pocket, workshirt style is a bit more "traditional" than one with a single pocket and a buttondown collar, but it's not going to make a difference to most people. I have both, and wear both. Do you mean patterns or colors? A buffalo plaid (really a large-scale check) is probably one of the most traditional patterns you'll see in a flannel shirt.

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    I personally like the fit of Lands' End flagship flannel much better than LL Bean. Even in their "slightly fitted" cut (the slimmest they make, I believe), the LL Bean shirts I tried were pretty baggy. Granted, a flannel shirt shouldn't fit skin-tight, but it shouldn't fit like a sack, either. LE makes traditional, tailored, and slim fit (but only the traditional and tailored in tall sizes). For me, at 6'2" and 210 lbs., the medium tall tailored fit for LE was the right choice. Still plenty of room to move, and I can wash and dry them without worrying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dancinginyourhead View Post
    Even in their "slightly fitted" cut (the slimmest they make, I believe), the LL Bean shirts I tried were pretty baggy.
    LL Bean now makes a "slimmest fit" that is actually fairly slim. Not quite JCrew slim level, but almost.

    I bought one a few weeks ago but returned it. The fit was good and the construction seemed very good, but I was not impressed with the fabric itself. It was fairly smooth and soft but thin and not at all fuzzy like a flannel shirt should be. It did not seem to be brushed at all.

    Their chamois shirts have a great heft and brushed feel, but they don't make them in a slim enough cut for me.

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    I don't know that I fully understand what you mean by traditional. brand? cut? pattern? features?

    I don't see tradition describing work wear like flannel shirts beause they grew out of practical need rather than the structures of socialization in society. Are there "traditional" jeans?

    If you're looking for "heritage" brands that do flannel, then I'd also consider Pendleton and, more expensive, Gitman Brothers.

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    I have one LLBean shirt. I will likely be picking up more. Can't recommend them enough.

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    Pendleton, which isn’t flannel, but is the classic as far as I can tell.


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    If Pendleton doesn't make flannel then it defies belief that they make the most traditional flannel.
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