You need not suffer this frustration and inconvenience any longer. Duluth Trading Company has you covered.
Move Freely No Matter What the Job
Duluth Trading sent me a flannel shirt to put through its gardening paces and it passed with flying colors. I really like the freedom of movement features built into this shirt. It has the same underarm gusset as the Armachillo shirt I reviewed earlier. But instead of a vent in the back, ease is provided by two strips of stretchy material, forming a gusset or movement pleat. (I’m not sure of the technical term. In marketing-speak it’s a “bi-swing back.”)The way these darts are fashioned, they look just like seams until you need some give across your shoulders. You can see the dart in the first picture above, where I’m deliberately stretching to make it visible.
For all you bespectacled gardeners who habitually clean your eyeglasses on your shirt, Duluth Trading has you covered.They have sewn a microfiber “shammy” into the bottom of the shirt, so you can clean your eyeglasses as needed. Frankly, if you’ve been doing dusty or dirty work, I would think twice about this, as you could wind up rubbing dirt on your lens, scratching it instead of cleaning it. (In any event, I hope you are not wearing your best glasses doing such work.) If you are just sitting by the woodstove reading seed catalogs, I suppose it couldn’t hurt. I give Duluth Trading credit for thinking about how they could make a shirt more convenient and useful. It’s like they are thinking of it as another tool that helps you get your work done.
Good Looking, Too
That attention to detail extends to looks and styling.The plaid on the patch pockets perfectly matches that of the rest of the shirt. The side and sleeve seams are flat-felled, just as they are on sturdy jeans. Darts in front give a trimmer fit. In other words, this shirt looks stylish enough to wear shopping for more leaf bags or another string of lights, but you will probably wear out before it does. They also make a flannel tunic which looks even less like work clothes.
Try It, You’ll Like It
If you are looking for a warm shirt for outdoor chores and indoor wintry occupations, I heartily recommend this one. And if you know anyone frustrated by restricting work clothes, consider giving this shirt as a gift. They make several styles of flannel shirts for men, too.
I was given a shirt by Duluth Trading Company so I could review it. My opinions about it are my own.