A staple fabric for fall and winter is always flannel. It’s a fabric that just screams cozy vibes. I think many of us think flannel is more of a print, but flannel is the fabric, and it’s just often seen in plaids and tartan prints. All flannel really is is just a medium weight cotton weave fabric. It’s usually got a bit of a rougher looking texture to it, but it’s usually quite soft. You’ll often see a flannel weaved in a classic tartan or plaid print making it the epitome of fall and winter fabrics.
Flannel shirts and jackets are a staple for any wardrobe for cold weather. I personally love a good oversized flannel shirt in a plaid to be paired with a simple jean and tee outfit. But there are so many ways to style a flannel as it’s a fabric that comes in many silhouettes and pieces for any closet.
How To Style A Flannel
Bottoms That Work With Flannels
When I think of pairing a flannel shirt or jacket with bottoms, I like to keep things a bit more streamlined on the bottom. Flannel can appear heavy and it’s all about balancing it out. I like to style it with straight leg denim, skinny jeans or faux leather leggings. For that in-between fall weather, you can also do leather shorts for a fashionable take on the combo.
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How To Style Flannels For Winter And Snow
I love a flannel coat or jacket over a chunky knit sweater for winter and snowy conditions. It’s cozy, warm and is a great pairing for that kind of weather.
Pair With A T-Shirt
Pairing a simple white t-shirt with a classic flannel is a simple and easy outfit. They just go together and is a no-fuss combination. You can even do a graphic t-shirt to play on the colors within your flannel.
How To Mix And Match Fabrics With Flannel
While you’re wearing a heavier knitted flannel, it can be fun to play with fabrics here. Try pairing it with a silky slip dress to have a little something unexpected with it. Or leather. Or you can even go bold and do flannel on flannel. Yeah you heard me, this can totally work. Head into some outfits ideas below to see it in action.
Pull A Color Out Of The Print
If you wear flannel in a tartan or plaid print, and are trying to figure out how to pair it with other colors, this is the trick. Take a look at the colors throughout the print and pull one or two out to coordinate. So while your flannel may be mostly hunter green let’s say, but there’s a bit of pink in the plaid, you can pair it with a lot of pink to pull it out.
16 Flannel Outfit Ideas
Casual In A Flannel Jacket With Joggers
For a simple casual everyday look, great for running errands or being on mom duty, this look is perfection. Flannel jacket paired with a long sleeve, joggers and sneakers. These are all wardrobe staples you probably already have. Just add a new fun flannel layering piece.
Long And Oversized Flannel Jacket With Leather
This look combines a lot of the tips from above like pulling a color out of the print (this stunning green) and applying it from head to toe. I also love the addition of leather here. The leather pants with a flannel is so stunning and a fun play on casual yet elevated.
Oversized Flannel Shirt With An Oversized Denim Jacket
Wearing an oversized flannel shirt with black leggings is another easy look. Layer your trucker style denim jacket and you’re good to go for feeling put-together without putting in a ton of effort.
Pair With Leather
This flannel inspired jacket is perfectly paired with leather joggers. It’s a fun mix of prints and texture for fall and winter. You could even dress it down with a sneaker instead of the heels for something a bit more on the casual everyday side.
With Leather Shorts And A Mule Sandal
I love a good transition outfit from summer to fall and this combination is exactly what I’d do. A pair of leather shorts paired with a flannel plaid shirt. Add a cute sneaker or a heel to dress it up a bit.
For Cozy Winter Looks
This heavier flannel jacket paired with kick crop denim and chunky boots is perfect for a cozy winter look. Add a beanie to make this look feel even more cozy!
With Mom Jeans And Booties
Tuck in a slightly oversized flannel into mom jeans and sleek leather booties. This is an elevated basic way to style your flannel for everyday. I love the addition of a modern boot that makes the flannel feel a little cooler.
Oversized with Lug Sole Boots
Lug sole boots are a huge trend right now and they pair perfectly with the grunge and edgy factor of plaid flannel. Style with your favorite black faux leather leggings to complete the look.
Styled With Trousers
Trousers are the “it” pant for 2022 and adding a flannel jacket and sneaker makes them super cool and casual. It’s the perfect way to dress these pants down.
Model Off Duty Vibes
Wear your oversized plaid flannel shirt with straight-leg jeans and your lace up combat boots. It feels very cool and grunge, but not too much that it feels like you’re playing a role.
With Statement Pants
By pulling out the little bit of peach in this flannel oversized jacket you create a bold look. These peach flared leg jeans are an unexpected pop of color with a wintery flannel.
Plaid Flannel With Corduroys
If this isn’t the epitome of fall I don’t know what is. Plaid flannel tucked into cozy corduroys in the most perfect autumn shade. I love this combination and the fit of the denim. By tucking your shirt in, you also polish off the outfit perfectly.
Layer A Flannel Blazer
Perfect for really cozy winter looks. I love how Jess Ann Kirby paired a plaid flannel blazer under a wool coat. It creates interest, contrast and another layer of warmth for those cold winter days.
Pair With Faux Leather Leggings
This is my go-to outfit combination for fall. Oversized open flannel, faux leather leggings, and a combat boot. Or chunky sneakers, both do the trick. I love this burgundy one from Madewell I got a few years ago and it’s really a great layering piece.
Wearing Flannel on Flannel
I love this combination of flannel on flannel. Mixing bigger print with a smaller one helps to keep it feel a little more tamed. And playing on the colors feels less matchy matchy and instead fashion forward.
As An Oversized Open Layering Piece
For styling a flannel for 2022, I think this is the way to go. An oversized fit worn open and then keeping everything under it more fitted. It balances out the messy feel of an open button down. I pulled out the brown and green in this plaid printed flannel shirt and rolled up the sleeves to make it feel a little put together and not totally sloppy.
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