Flannel shirts have always been a favorite of men to wear while raking leaves and other yard work or just for lounging around watching the game on Sunday because of their warmth and comfort. They did become more popular among the younger set when rockers brought the grunge look in the forefront, pairing them with ripped jeans. Flannel shirts are making a comeback this year, but they are slightly different than those shirts that were used for a more casual style. The cut of the newer flannels is closer to the body for a better fit. They are also dyed with more lavish processes. Designer Dao-Yi Chow states that the process he uses for his flannel shirts is over-dyed, sprayed, and then baked to give the shirts a fresh new look.
The new flannel shirts are not for tying around your waist in case it gets chilly. They are made to be worn in just about any social situation and can be paired with different pants depending on the occasion. Wear a flannel shirt with a dark dyed pair of jeans for a casual, yet put together, look. With the cut of the shirts now closer to the body, tucking the shirt in will give you a put together silhouette. If you do prefer to wear your flannel shirt over another shirt, choose a solid color tee instead of the basic white tee. You can either button the shirt with the tee peeking from the collar or wear it unbuttoned. For a more sophisticated look for going out to dinner or the office, you will want to choose a solid color flannel shirt to pair with slacks or khakis.
As far as footwear and accessories go, you can pair a flannel shirt with almost any type of footwear, as long as the shoe is on trend with the style you are going for when wearing the shirt. Wear more rugged shoes and boots with a more casual look and a dress shoe for the more sophisticated office wear look. For accessories, heavy scarves are big this season, being worn twisted around the neck for a bold neck wear statement and pair well with flannel shirts.
Flannel shirts are so popular this year that even top designers like Armani Exchange, Saint Laurent, and Public School, just to name a few, have come out with their own lines. Of course, these top design firms flannel shirts cost between $300 and $900, but there are many options from national retailers where you can still get this popular look for this fall. Check out Urban Outfitters, American Eagle, or Aeropostale for shirts with the new cut at a more affordable price.