I’m way off schedule this week! Life is busy and it’s catching up to me. I cannot do all the things at one time so I’m a couple of days late with this week’s edition of Fashion A to Z. It’s an appropriate subject for the week due to the temperature drops everyone is experiencing. It’s in the 30s here! What better way to cozy up and stay warm than with flannel.
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Flannel- a soft twilled wool or worsted fabric with a loose texture and a slightly napped surface. It is now often made of cotton or synthetic fabrics.
Called flanelle by the French and flanell by the Germans, it was first created by the Welsh in the 17th century as a replacement to plain wool clothing. It proved to be more durable, affordable and warm and it’s popularity grew. In 1889 Hamilton Carhartt began producing flannel garments in Detroit, Michigan. In the 50’s and 60’s the material was used to make men’s suit. In the 90’s grunge bands popularized flannel once again. (source)
A flannel shirt makes for easy fall and winter dressing and the plaid patterns are perfect for seasonal and holiday outfits. Grab a red or green plaid flannel shirt and pair it with any bottoms for an instant Christmas outfit.
I counted mine today- I have seven. I might be a little obsessed for someone who lives in a warm climate and only gets to wear them periodically.
7 Ways to Wear a Flannel Shirt
With jeans Leave your flannel shirt out or half tuck it for a laid back look, or fully tuck it for a more preppy vibe.
With a skirt– Tuck it into a skirt to dress it up a bit.
Tied around the waist- Echo the grunge days and tie your flannel around your waist.
Layer it over a turtleneck
Under a sweater- For extra warmth, wear one under a sweater. Let the plaid pattern peek out in the collar and at the sleeves.
Over a tee – Plaid flannel shirts and graphic tees are a match made in heaven, but you can also wear your’s over any solid or striped tee like a lightweight jacket.
With a vest– Puffers vests and plaids, anyone? Hasn’t that become a classic combo. Wear your flannel shirt under a vest.