Lesbians and flannels, they go together like chocolate and peanut butter, ketchup and mustard, Tegan and Sara. Do we really know where the whole flannel and queer women thing started? Does it matter? All we know is that it’s fall and time to bust out those fabulously soft and comfortable shirts. So where can you get some fierce flannel this season? Check out these retailers. (Please note, I have only included retailers that are known to be LGBT owned or friendly and size inclusive.)
After a slip up in 2014, which was quickly rectified and apologized for, Duluth has been on the up and up. Their tongue in cheek ads are hard to ignore, and their extra long hemlines mean that these flannels don’t ride up! They say they make clothes for “can-do guys and highly capable women” and if that doesn’t describe lesbians, I don’t know what does.
This queer-owned retailer makes “gender-defying fashion by creating menswear-inspired apparel designed to fit a range of female and non-binary bodies.” The quality and colors are hard to beat, and while a bit pricey, these are wardrobe staples made in NYC. I quibble with Kirrin Finch’s lack of inclusive sizing, but as a small bespoke business, I know it’s difficult to make and stock a huge variety of sizes and they do appear to be working on it. If you don’t fit the current Kirin Finch sizes, let them know and hopefully that will help expand their size selection on more items.
Right now Dapperboi has a sweet flannel number that is not only cute as heck, but goes up to a 4XL AND has a secret button to help those with larger chests avoid the dreaded gap. At $60 bucks, this flannel will be a wardrobe staple for years to come.
If you are a plus size shopper, then you no doubt know about the LGBTQ-friendly Torrid. This retailer has everything from fandom shirts to business suits, and this season, some terrific flannel for fall and winter. Long flowy flannels, traditional flannels, flannel bombers, they have a lot to choose from if you are a size 10 to 30.
I’m wild about Wild Fable. This funky little label sold at Target has some epic pieces (including the denim union suit I wore to CarmillaCon) and they are pretty size inclusive as well. Wild Fable opts for colors, like mustards, oranges and pinks, which I am all about.