6 Ways to Dress Up a Flannel Shirt

6 Ways to Dress Up a Flannel Shirt

A flannel shirt is a fashion staple and a quintessential fall piece, however it’s something that can be worn any time of year. And while it’s traditionally seen as casual wear, there are plenty of ways to style a flannel shirt and make it an appropriate piece to include in a dressier outfit. If you are interested in finding new, unique ways to wear flannel and pull off wearing it for a party, to the office, or at an upscale restaurant, take a look at some of the ways you can make it work!

Wear it as A Dress

If you want to take flannel from casual to dressy, opt to wear the flannel as a dress. Take an oversized, longer flannel shirt, button it up, and wrap a belt around the waist. If you don’t have a belt, you can get creative by wrapping a second, regular-sized flannel shirt around your waist. Next, the footwear you choose to wear will also help to make this outfit look dressier. Choose something with a heel, like stylish stilettos or heeled ankle boots. To elongate the legs, opt for longer boots, like riding boots or over-the-knee boots. If you are putting this outfit together in the fall or winter, wear stockings to keep your legs warm and layer over the flannel shirt dress with a long coat.

Style The Flannel The Way You Would Style a Blouse

If you are looking for a way to create an office attire outfit with a flannel shirt, this is a great go-to look. Start with a pair of wide-leg trousers that you would normally wear to work. Something in a lighter color like white or beige will contrast well against the colorful flannel top and really make the whole outfit pop. Take your flannel shirt of choice, button it up, and tuck it into your wide-leg trousers the way you would tuck in a blouse. Accessorize with a belt. If you want to add even more to the outfit, finish it off with a wide-brimmed hat and a pair of open-toe heels. This is a great, summery outfit that can be worn in professional settings as well as casual settings where you just want to look stylish. An alternative to wide leg trousers could be skinny jeans in a color like navy blue or dark purple. Adding a light brown leather belt will enhance both the look of the pants and the flannel shirt.

Wear It With a Cardigan

One way to class it up a bit with a flannel shirt is to layer a neutral-toned women’s cardigan sweater over it. It creates a relaxed, yet slightly more sophisticated look. It’s a perfect duo if you are heading to a quaint coastal town for a relaxing getaway or to a cabin in the woods for a romantic weekend. Roll the flannel shirt sleeves just slightly and keep the cardigan unbuttoned to show off the flannel shirt style. For the bottoms, wear a light wash pair of skinny jeans or bootcut jeans and accessorize with a belt. The combination of a cardigan sweater and a flannel shirt gives off a very fall vibe and you can finish the look with a pair of brown leather boots with a slight heel.

Wear A Flannel Shirt Under a Sweater

We just talked about how you can dress up a flannel by wearing it under one type of sweater, and now we will take a look at another way you can wear it under a different type of sweater. Take something like a soft, cashmere sweater in a neutral tone and layer it over your flannel shirt of choice. Having the bottom of the shirt pop out under the sweater as well as the collar and the sleeves adds greater variety and dimension to the look. Something like a soft, white cashmere sweater over a red plaid flannel shirt is a fantastic outfit choice for a festive holiday party. Finish the look with a pair of light skinny jeans and a pair of suede ankle boots or suede riding boots with a heel.

Wear it With a Vest

Another cozy, yet slightly dressier way to wear a flannel shirt is by pairing it with a vest. For an outdoor look, opt for a zip-up puffer vest that you can leave unzipped or zipped up. For a more indoor outfit, opt for a sweater vest instead. The combination of the vest and the plaid flannel (especially one in traditional holiday colors) makes it a great look during the holiday season.

Wear Your Flannel With a Pencil Skirt

This pairing is great for many occasions, whether you are heading into the office or attending a holiday party. The pencil skirt serves to instantly dress up the look and give it a more formal feel while the flannel top makes it all look much more festive. Accessorize with stockings and ankle boots, and a cute crossbody purse.

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