Fashion Advice: How to Wear a Flannel Shirt 3 Ways

You are probably noticing flannel shirts everywhere you look this season. That is because flannel is a must-have for your wardrobe this winter. If you have never worn a flannel shirt other than on a ski trip or winter getaway, you might be confused on how to style this shirt appropriately. Below are three ways you can start rocking your flannel shirt with style.

1. Experiment without the plaid

Tommy Bahama 'New Seaside' Original Fit Flannel Shirt

Source: Nordstrom

Naturally when you think flannel you think plaid, but there are several options when it comes to selecting flannel pieces for your wardrobe. Opting for a flannel in a solid color gives a less woodsy feel, which means it can be integrated into more looks. These shirts are easier to match and transition from day-to-night. The New Seaside original fit flannel shirt in blue note pairs nicely with a pair of tan colored chinos or a dark pair of casual pants. If you are looking for a lighter color, sticking to neutrals will allow you to pair the flannel with dark and light bottoms. This gray flannel button down shirt from Target can be dressed up or down for any occasion.

2. Layer the flannel

There are so many ways to layer a flannel shirt throughout the season. A slim fit flannel is a great starting point when building a layered look. This slim fit striped flannel shirt from Mossimo paired with a solid colored sweater works well. It’s considered a light layer, and the sweater should contrast nicely with the flannel. Another option for a lighter layer is pairing your flannel shirt with a graphic tee. To showcase both pieces equally, you will want to wear the flannel unbuttoned. Ideally the T-shirt should pair nicely with the flannel and not be too busy. If you are looking to introduce more components into your layering, you can include a structured blazer with a slim fit outdoor jacket. In this case, if the flannel has several colors, the other layers should match nicely with the flannel. This rule also applies to the bottoms that you end up choosing. If done correctly, this works well no matter what your usual style may be.

3. Jeans are a perfect match

Wrangler Men's Flannel Shirt

Source: Target

Pairing your jeans with a traditional plaid flannel is a comfortable laid back look. Depending on the occasion, you can choose to leave the shirt tucked or untucked. If you opt for a darker wash, you will get a more casually nice appeal. If you decide to select a lighter wash of jeans to go with your flannel, this works well for afternoon or more casual outings. Flannels always look great with a pair of dark brown boots like the Karnes brogue cap toe boots by J&M 1850. This style of boot works well with both light and dark colored flannels. If you are looking for a more rugged look, go with a pair of brown boots more suitable for the outdoors like these classic boots from Timberland.

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