"What, this old thing? I've had it for years."
The flannel shirt, made from soft woven fabric, is a classic closet staple. (If you’re like my boyfriend, you have about 20 flannels that are all somehow from J.Crew.) It’s my default shirt for fall—I wear it unbuttoned over a T-shirt, or buttoned-up and tucked into jeans. But truth be told, I’m a bit bored with these looks. So I did a little street style scouring and found five fresh ways to rework the flannel. Pick your favorite outfit below and start wearing it…tomorrow!
Unlike bulky wool sweaters, flannels are optimized for layering. This street style star nailed the look when she wore her flannel over a graphic pullover, then added a leather moto jacket with a furry trim on top. To keep the layers from overwhelming her figure, she made sure the jacket hit right at the hips while the flannel peeked out just a tad. Trendy elements like blue sunglasses and a unique pair of boots give this outfit an A-plus in fashion.
Shop similar pieces: 1. Levi's cropped moto jacket, $100; 2. Rails plaid shirt, $158; 3. Victoria Beckham sunglasses, $325; 4. The Laundry Room sweatshirt, $78; 5. Madewell demi boot jeans, $109; 6. Ariat western boots, $150
The oversize flannel embodies the coziness of your boyfriend’s, but fits properly around your shoulders and arms. Rather than pairing this top with jeans, wear it with a pair of joggers. Not only are they loose-fitting (elastic waistband we meet again) and therefore more comfortable, but they also imbue your outfit with a semi-sporty vibe. Give your sneakers a rest and wear a kitten mule for an even more fashion-forward look.
Shop similar pieces: 1. Off-White printed flannel shirt, $655; 2. Champion fleece joggers, $50; 3. Manu Atelier box bag, $495; 4. Stuart Weitzman leather mules, $460
Flannel and jeans? Predictable. Flannel and skirt? Unexpected. Wear your shirt as you would any button-down and tuck it into a pencil skirt or a flared a-line skirt like the one Miryam Labiad’s wearing. The combination makes your casual flannel look fancy, but the business-appropriate look is less stuffy than when you’re wearing a stark white button-down. Tie the look together with a red boot (to match your red flannel) and sunglasses, then stroll into the office like a boss babe.
Shop similar pieces: 1. H&M long flannel shirt, $13; 2. Gucci cat eye sunglasses, $305; 3. Rebecca Taylor skirt, $425; 4. Zara red booties, $50
This is the type of outfit you see and think, “Duh, I could have done that.” And, it’s true. The ensemble consists of just three pieces: a minimalist T-shirt, a flannel of your choice, and a pair of crop flared jeans. (You could also tie the flannel over a dress, leather pants, the options are endless!) Now, you might think wrapping a shirt around your waist is so middle school, but it’s approved by both street style stars and models. The fashion trick is not only practical when the weather is fickle, but it also adds a stylish element to your outfit. If you become cold, simply unwrap the flannel from your waist and throw it on.
Shop similar pieces: 1. American Eagle boyfriend shirt; $45; 2. Richer Poorer white t-shirt, $34; 3. Mother insider crop jeans, $205; 4. Kenzo beanie, $105; 5. X Tommy Hilfiger striped socks; $55; 6. Fila disrupter sneakers, $120
I didn't play sports in high school or college, so I missed out on the whole varsity jacket business. Luckily for me, though, brands like Miu Miu have created their own enviable versions to shop. And the first thing I'll wear with the outerwear is a flannel. This combo isn't intuitive, but after seeing it on blogger Alexandra Lapp (pictured above), I'm convinced the pairing works. To give this outfit a bit of edge, wear with a pair of heeled combat boots.
Shop similar pieces: 1. M.I.H. skinny jeans, $255; 2. Gaelle Paris checked shirt, $159; 3. Miu Miu oversize jacket, $2,965; 4. Marc Fisher combat boots, $230