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How to Wear a Flannel—Plus 7 Sustainable Options to Style

Flannels provide a comfortable and eye-catching means of elevating an outfit. These looks (and the sustainable shirts) will help to kickstart your styling.

how to wear a flannel
Written by
Calin Van Paris
Flannels come with some serious street cred. The woven button-ups have their
origins in seventeenth-century Wales
, where they were created by textile workers who crafted the shirts from leftover sheep's wool. The Industrial Revolution and subsequent wartime saw an uptick in the flannel's popularity, and now it's a staple for virtually every sort of style. Even more stylish? When the shirts are sourced sustainably.
Flannels are abundant in
thrift stores
, the racks of your favorite
shops bursting with taran and checks. But should you want for a brand new flannel, opt for one crafted from soft and sustainable materials. Throw on over a slip dress or pair with a monochromatic ensemble for instant warmth, style, and comfort.
Should you need some
, here are seven examples of how to wear a flannel without channeling a literal lumberjack (unless, of course, that's your goal).

How to Wear a Flannel: 7 Must-Try Looks

1. As a Minidress Cover-Up

Top a slip dress or skin-skimming mini with a flannel to keep the look cool and casual (and you warm). Tie the shirt around your waist for a grungey, waist-nipping silhouette.

Patagonia Organic Cotton Flannel Shirt, $69

This spring-palette flannel from Patagonia is crafted from 100% organic cotton.
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2. With an All-White Outfit

An all-white outfit becomes even cooler when broken up by a colored check. A blend of cool tones and white keeps the one-color look alive while ensuring that it's more than one note.
how to wear a flannel

L.L. Bean Organic Flannel Shirt, $60

Double-brushed for softness, L.L. Bean's organic cotton flannel is the perfect pop of color for an all-white outfit.
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3. Layered Over a Cropped Turtleneck

A cropped turtleneck and high-waisted denim are ready for a cozy and casual winter day with the addition of an oversized flannel.

Patagonia Organic Cotton Flannel Shirt, $69

This storm-hued, cozy flannel from Patagonia is made up of 100% organic cotton, making it an eco-friendly option for your closet.
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4. With a Red Lip

The classic red-and-black lumberjack look gets a feminine twist when paired with a cherry lip. Perfect for cozy mornings, and for brightening up otherwise grey days.

Women's Burton Grace Long Sleeve Flannel, $52

This red-and-black classic from Burton is made from 100% organic cotton yarn-dyed flannel and will pair perfectly with your favorite cherry lipstick.
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5. Over Jeans and a Tee

how to wear a flannel
Flannels just feel right when worn with your favorite jeans and a t-shirt. Style with your go-to accessories to make this timeless moment your own.

Everlane The Boxy Flannel, $68

Everlane centers ethical factories and thoughtfully sourced materials, and this cotton flannel is no exception.
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6. With a Bralette

Yes, leggings and a
bra top
are an actual outfit—especially if topped with an oversized flannel.

Pact Flannel Fireside Shirt, $88

Pact's cozy flannels are made from 100% organic cotton in fair trade factories, meaning that they feel as good as they look.
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7. Paired With Leather Pants

Leather trousers and sneakers are softened by a tawny flannel worn over a dove grey turtleneck. Choose roomy fits for pants and shirt alike for a chic silhouette.

Reformation Ridley Jacket, $74

This jacket from Reformation is made sustainably in China from headstock fabric that would have otherwise gone to waste.
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