Ask Avery: Be fashionable in flannel
blog by Avery Hartmans • December 02, 2011 @ 8:00am
I love flannel shirts and would really like to wear them now that the weather is getting chillier. My problem is that I feel like a lumberjack every time I put one on with a pair of jeans. How can I wear my flannels without being asked if I’m about to head off to the forest?
I, too, love flannel shirts. They’re warm, comfortable and can be worn all winter long. But it is difficult to put a fresh spin on such a such a common article of clothing, especially one that is known for being the uniform of lumberjacks worldwide (if there are even still lumberjacks in existence).
One way to wear your favorite flannel is to pair it with something unexpected, like another pattern or fabric that you wouldn’t normally think to put together. Jeans are way too obvious, so why not try leather instead? Emily Schuman of the fashion blog Cupcakes and Cashmere paired her flannel with a high-waisted pleated leather skirt and leopard accessories. Her look was polished but still fun and fashionable.
Another option to try is buttoning your flannel all the way to the top, throwing on a sweater of the same color and adding a chunky necklace in a matching hue. J. Crew shows this look with a solid red button down, but the same idea will work with a patterned shirt. Monochromatic has been big this season, so try it out with your trusty flannel. If anything, you’ll be the most fashionable lumberjack around.
I like to dress comfortably and wear loose-fitting clothing, but I don’t want to look sloppy or shapeless. What are a few pieces that are trendy and comfortable but still look fashionable?
It’s easy to sacrifice style when you’re dressing for comfort, but with the slouchier silhouettes that have become popular in recent months, you now can have the best of both worlds.
One trend that might offer a solution to your problem is the loose-fitting cropped sweater. I’ve mentioned it before and I’m a strong supporter of this look. Now, you may be thinking, ‘I am not wearing anything cropped after the amount of pie I consumed last week.’ This is a valid concern, but not to fear. The trick to wearing cropped sweaters is to pair them with something high-waisted. And wouldn’t you know it, loose-fitting high-waisted pants are in style, too.
Urban Outfitters offers a pair of loose, drawstring-waist pants in a metallic gold fabric that I would already have ordered if they didn’t cost $250. Clearly, these pants are either for the truly fashion-forward or criminally insane, but you can see where I’m going with this. If you add some style, whether in the form of gold sparkles or simply a nice fabric, you won’t look like a slob.
Another option is the asymmetrical-hem button down paired with something slimmer on the bottom. These tops come in a wide range of colors and fabrics and will deceive everyone into thinking you’re wearing something professional and classy when you’re actually just hiding your food baby. Free People makes a top like this in a sheer fabric that can be worn with your most comfortable jeans or your nice work pants, all the while ensuring you don’t have to suck it in all day long.
With all these comfortable and fashionable outfit ideas to try out, you now have my permission to go finish off that leftover pumpkin pie.
Photo courtesy of Flickr.com / Andrew Beche.