Story by Olivia Rawlings
Fall and winter means changing leaves, chilly weather, pumpkin patches, and of course flannels. Walking around campus during these seasons is the perfect time to see all the different types of flannels, and every single way to style them. Flannel is “so pervasive in our culture because it’s comfortable, warm and stylish with that ‘work hard, play hard’ attitude we all embrace,” say the writers for Outdoor Research. Flannels are a must have item of clothing for students at the University of Georgia because of their ease, warmth, and style. Flannels come in all kinds of colors, patterns, and sizes to fit and flatter every type of person. Flannel “has come a long way since its humble beginnings and is now found everywhere from shirts and skirts to bedding and pajamas,” Brock Cardiner, writer for HighSnobiety, says. The trick is figuring out which type of flannel best suites you.
The first place to start when picking out a flannel is to find the color combination and pattern of plaid that best suites your personality. Flannels come in bold, bright colors for more outgoing personalities, and muted, neutral colors for easy going personalities. The different sizes of plaid can make the shirt look more or less busy, but the most important part of choosing a flannel is the fit. Commonly used for outerwear, flannels make great layering pieces and add an extra layer of warmth. Although many people use them to layer, they make great shirts and accessories, and will make any outfit more suited for the season.
Flannels are popular and stylish, but the different ways to wear them are the key factor in the frenzy of this clothing item. Flannels are great accessories to an outfit, not only as a shirt or a light jacket. You can “wear it buttoned up with distressed boyfriend jeans or tied around the waist; either way the flannel shirt is sure to become your new favorite piece,” Jessica Baker, writer for WhoWhatWear.com, says. Wearing a flannel around the waist with a pair of jeans looks chic and easy going, but is not necessarily used as a main item of clothing. Flannels can also be used as a dress if bought large enough, and worn with leggings and a leather jacket. Flannels are a great piece of clothing to have in your closet because they are so versatile. Being able to dress up a flannel or throw it on for class is a major bonus, and means that they are a necessity for a college wardrobe.