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Five Reasons To Love Flannel Shirts

Updated on June 17, 2011
Flannel shirt dude walking the lonely tracks.
Flannel shirt dude walking the lonely tracks.

Joy of Flannel

No fabric epitomizes manliness so much as flannel. The cloth of choice of hipsters and lumberjacks alike, flannel is a fabric worth of awe and admiration. Once, while flannel hunting at Goodwill it struck me. "Why did someone donate this perfectly good flannel shirt?!" The only possible explanation was that the donator was an imbecile who did not give his flannel shirt the proper respect and treatment it deserved. The shirt obviously left him in search of a more accommodating owner.

To prevent this from happening to you, I'm here to give you a list of five reasons why flannel shirts deserve your respect. So next time you are shopping at the mall and looking at plaid flannel shirts, think of this article and the five reasons to love flannel.

"Those who deny flannel to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it." - Abraman Lincoln

Moses and His Flannel Robe

Thus saith the Lord, God of Israel, let my flannel go!
Thus saith the Lord, God of Israel, let my flannel go!

1. Flannel Is A Gift From God

When Bithia, the Pharaoh's daughter, drew Moses from the well he was wrapped in a Levite cloth. It's obvious that this cloth was made of flannel since it's inhabitant grew up to be the liberator of a people. Moses's brought his flannel robe wherever he went. No matter if he was shepherding sheep or declaring his freedom from Egypt, Moses was wearing his flannel. It might be striped instead of plaid, but it's still legit.  Plus Moses was wearing it in the desert!  So hardcore.

If the Deliverer of the Hebrews wore a flannel robe, then it's a good bet that you should too!

2. Flannel Shirts Are Manly As Hell

Name a fabric manlier than flannel.  I'd like you see you try, tough guy.  And don't say leather, cause that's not a fabric and the dominatrices ruined the manliness factor of it anyway.  Sorry, but the truth hurts sometimes.

Name a profession manlier than that of the lumberjack?  He spends all day eatin' flapjacks, playing with axes and saws, and contributing to global warming!  Guess what lumberjacks wear... flannel shirts.  Plus the plaid pattern tends to make your shoulders look broader, guys.  Hows that for a shirt?

I bet this steer wished he had a flannel shirt!
I bet this steer wished he had a flannel shirt!

3. Flannel Shirts Are Warm

In cold weather conditions there are but a few select types of apparel that can save you from the bitter cruelty of hypothermia.  Flannel shirts are one of them.  I once had a friend name Heinrich.  Poor bloke got lost in a blizzard once and we thought we'd seen the last of him.  Luckily though he managed to walk fifty miles to the nearest settlement.  He attributed his survival to the hearty warm flannel shirt on his back, and who am I to argue with him? 

4. Flannel Shirts Are Cool

Want to be the coolest lumberjack on the block? Well invest in a quality flannel shirt! Flannel is now the "in" thing in fashion, and all the coolest subcultures are wearing it. Skaters, hipsters, lumber workers, you name it! They all wear flannel.

Under his coat he is undoubtedly wearing a fine recession flannel.
Under his coat he is undoubtedly wearing a fine recession flannel.

5. Flannel Shirts Are Affordable

In this economy you can't afford not to buy a flannel shirt.  Quality flannel shirts can be purchased for relatively low prices.  Now I'm not talking ultra-fashionable Urban Outfitters hipster flannel here, but rather a quality thick fabric garment that you might find online or at sporting goods stores.  So be recession chic and stick out the global recession in style!  Buy a comfortable flannel shirt!

Why I Love Flannel Shirts

I've now given you five reasons to love flannel shirts, but why do I adore them so?  Well it's real simple.  Flannel more than just a fashion statement to me, it's a way of life.  Whenever I go outside rockin' the flannel getup, I feel a sense of calm and serenity no other fabric can offer.

Flannel shirts are God's gift to man and we must treat them as such.

We wear flannel shirts and you should too.
We wear flannel shirts and you should too.


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      Flannel Finder 

      6 years ago

      Please check out my site :) It's a project for my digital marketing class. Thank you!

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      Mishael Austin Witty 

      7 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I buy a new flannel shirt for my husband practically every year because he works outside a lot, and it's pretty hard on his flannel shirts! Love the flannel, but I don't have any myself. Maybe I should get some! :-)

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      7 years ago

      Just got a flannel shirt awhile ago they are indeed awesome!

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      8 years ago

      you are my favorite person, currently! Love the article! haha

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      9 years ago

      awesome article! i couldn't have said it better myself. Flannel is a way of life. My sister told me recently that she didn't like Flannel and I told her never to talk to me again. Yes I did capitalize Flannel because as the article said, "it is a gift from God." live on flannel lovers. oh yeah, and if you have a facebook account make sure you join Flannel fridays and Flannel shirts. peace!

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      9 years ago

      Flannel shirts for life fools !!

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      O'side Girl 

      10 years ago

      Karen....loved your hub! You are truly talented!

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      10 years ago

      Glad ya'll are enjoying this lol!

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      Montana Farm Girl 

      10 years ago from Northwestern Montana

      Now living in Montana, this is all I see!!!! Loved your hub!!! Very clever!!!!!! Made me soooooooooo laugh!!! I added it to my FaceBook page (Karen Staydohar) hope you don't was too good, I just had to share it!!!!! :-)

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      10 years ago from India

      Great. I love my flannel pjs as well.

    • lumberjack profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      yes we are quite the fashionable folks

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      10 years ago

      LMAO!!! I am now on my way out to buy a flannel shirt. I didn't know lumberjacks were so fashion forward!! :D


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