Flannel is one of the most fashionable pieces of clothing you can wear during the colder months. As a fabric, flannel is essentially woven wool that is soft and comfortable, and as a pattern, flannel can be the perfect statement that helps you look good in fall and winter. It’s excellent for layering, looks flattering and is perfect for many occasions. But how can you wear flannel well without looking too much like you’re off to chop wood? Here’s your complete guide on how to wear flannel for men.
Buying the right flannel
You’ll also want to pay attention to the specific colors and patterns of the flannel you want to purchase. There’s no limit to the designs that you can buy, but if you’re erring on the side of caution, you may want to pick more classic checked patterns in more conventional colors. The red-and-black buffalo plaid is probably one of the most common forms of flannel, and an essential for every collection. While classic patterns are always your best bet, don’t be afraid to get creative and attempt different tones and hues – red, black, gray, white, navy, brown, blue, and green all make great statements – so think outside of the box.
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Ways to Wear Flannel
The eye-catching patterns and bright colors that flannel traditionally come in make them the focus of any outfit. As such, it’s a good idea to make your flannel the center of attention on your look, with your outfit’s other components merely complimenting it. Most flannels pair excellently with blue jeans but make adjustments based on your shirt’s color. Adjust the tone of your trousers to flow seamlessly with your flannel – for example, dark flannel can pair well with dark jeans or light slacks, and a brighter, more casual flannel fits perfectly with good old blue jeans.
Layering is also a big aspect of wearing flannel. A flannel shirt can be worn underneath a sweatshirt or jacket if the colors match up well – for example, a blue-and-black flannel can be paired with a navy jacket. You can also do this the other way around and use flannel as an outer layer instead. To do this, you can opt for plain t-shirts, which white being the safest and most casual option, and other bolder colors pairing well with black-and-white flannel. For a really cool look, you can take it up a notch with graphic tees that have a pattern that matches your flannel’s main color.
The best part is that flannel can be dressed up or dressed down. A pair of formal loafers can take a simple look and make it smart, and some stylish sneakers can bring it back down to casual. Don’t be afraid to experiment – it’s all about using your flannel piece as the foundation and then using your style to build around that and make a complete, put-together look.