There's something about a warm, colorful flannel shirt that just makes a woman ready for chilly autumn weather. When you picture a person sipping a cup of hot apple cider or cocoa on a crisp fall afternoon, what are they wearing? Might it be a flannel shirt? Flannel and fall go together like peanut butter and jelly. It's almost as if you can't have one without the other.
Flannel is multi-functional in that it's there to keep you warm and stylish at the same time. Flannel, in a geographical sense, knows no bounds. It fits in everywhere. At a farmhouse out in the country. At a small-town fall festival. At a coffee shop music night in a big city. Provided you are not at a black-tie event, flannel clothing is appropriate for a variety of occasions, from family gatherings to fall bonfires to a spontaneous October getaway to New England.
Flannel isn't just a fabulous daytime material, it's something you're going to want to take to bed with you. Sip a cup of tea by the fireplace in a giant flannel robe or slip into a cozy pair of flannel pajama bottoms before wrapping yourself up in the covers. Honestly, is there a better feeling in the world than slinking into flannel pajamas or a flannel nightdress after a hot bath? Make no mistake about it, there is a type of flannel clothing style that suits every woman's unique preferences. And while you're getting your flannel pajamas on for a restful evening indoors, remember not to neglect your feet. Staying warm and cozy with flannel wouldn't be right without a pair of flannel moccasins made with shearling fur.
Don't limit yourself merely to flannel clothing. Although a classic button-down flannel shirt is usually what first comes to mind upon the mention of flannel, there are so many more endless flannel possibilities. Be bold in your flannel choices. Combine a pair of flannel ballet flats with your denim jeans. Purchase that flannel and leather backpack to give your outfit a pop of quintessentially fall color. Although a flannel backpack may not keep you warm the way a flannel shirt will, it will certainly add a new dimension to your whole look.
You know what else is great about flannel? It's the kind of fabric that any sensible person will whole-heartedly appreciate as a holiday gift during those bitingly cold winter months. If you're stumped on gift ideas this holiday season, simplify your stressful shopping experience by buying flannel goodies for your loved ones. Anything and everything flannel. Holiday-themed flannel pajamas for the kids, flannel tunics for the women in your life, and flannel shirts for the men. If you know the person you have in mind for a gift isn't keen on flannel clothing, opt for a plush flannel robe or flannel duvet cover to make lounging around the house even cozier.
Just one flannel clothing article can transform an outfit. Instead of simply wearing a sweater, wear a sweater with a colorful flannel shirt underneath it. Instead of going for the obvious pairing of denim, try a flannel top with khaki bottoms. Yes, in theory, that may sound like a horrendous idea. But paired with a flattering pair of pants or shorts, khaki and flannel really can complement each other nicely. If you want to spice up your look without putting in too much effort, swap your regular flannel shirt for oversized winter flannels to go with your denim jeans and boots.
As you might have gathered from everything you read above, there is no one way to wear flannel. A flannel shirt can be converted into a “blazer” by simply unbuttoning the front. A flannel shirt can still be a part of your outfit even when it becomes a little too warm to be wearing flannel. Just whip it off and tie it around your waist. If you're feeling exceptionally daring, artfully pair a flannel top with a plaid bottom or sport your flannel shirt with a dress. And if you are overwhelmed by the myriad of flannel choices, just remember this: you can never go wrong with a button-down flannel top opened up, a crisp white tee, a pair of denim jeans, and boots. Put on this getup and you're ready for all that comes with this year's chilly weather.