How to Style a Flannel Shirt Like a Fashion Editor
Ah, flannel shirts. They’re comfy, they’re surprisingly stylish and they’re perfect for afternoons spent curled up on the couch. But if you’ve ever wondered how to style a flannel (when you eventually venture into society), we’ve got a few ideas. Here, 12 super fashionable women show off their best flannel outfits, so you can have your most stylish, plaid-filled winter yet.
1. Tuck Your Flannel Into a Pair of Cords
Go for full-on ‘70s vibes with a pair of colorful lenses and groovy flares. Then, give your outfit a modern edge by slipping on some pointy-toe flats and toting a mini bag as a finishing touch.
2. Opt for White Denim Over Blue
White, off-white or cream-colored jeans lend a lighter air to the heavier palettes that typically dominate in the winter. Tie this flannel outfit together with darker shoes like black ankle boots or navy loafers.
3. Wear Flannel with Leather
Tuck your cozy top into a sleek leather skirt for a super-chic combo that proves opposites attract. Prefer a more casual vibe? Try some slip-on sneakers and a long anorak. If you’re headed to a dressier affair, stick to classics like pointy-toe pumps and a minimalist clutch, instead.
4. Sport Head to Toe Black
Give your multi-tonal shirt time to shine with an all-black base. A turtleneck, skinny jeans and pointy-toe boots will look chic for casual Fridays, but Coterie member Tyla-Lauren Gilmore looks equally sleek—and infinitely cozier—in slim-fit sweats and cool black kicks.
5. Pair Plaid with Stripes
Plaid can be a tricky print to mix with other patterns, but it works beautifully with classic stripes. Beginners should start with stripes in neutral hues, one of which should coordinate with your flannel shirt.
6. Mix and Match Your Flannel Plaids
For more advanced print mixers, try combining multiple plaids at once. To avoid pattern overload, we suggest sticking to solid-hued accessories in neutral tones, like white or brown boots and a simple black handbag.
7. Lean Into Flannel’s Woodsy Vibes
Chunky boots, loose-fitting denim and a knit beanie definitely amp up the outdoorsy nature of classic flannel. If you’d rather not look like you’re preparing for a camping trip the next time you hit the grocery store, add a silky cami underneath and a structured crossbody, preferably with some hardware details like a chain strap.
8. Go Big on Color
How do you make sweatpants and an oversize shirt not look like pajamas? Go all out with bright hues and accessorize with your daintiest structured handbag. You can also consider adding a belt to cinch your waist (either under or on top of your shirt) to help maintain some semblance of a figure under all that cozy knitwear.
9. Use a Flannel as a Jacket
Or a shacket, as they’re called these days. Sport your favorite shirt as you would any other piece of outerwear and toss it on over midi dresses, athleisure, tailored separates and even sparkly evening wear. The world is your plaid-covered oyster.
10. Go for Classic ‘90s Grunge (With a Posh Twist)
Take inspiration from Monica Gellar and try a classic ‘90s combo: an unbuttoned flannel, a simple knit, straight-leg jeans and Dr. Martens. Just make sure to stick with non-distressed denim and flannels that are free from holes so the look reads more Gellar and less Cobain.
11. Try a Draped Flannel Silhouette
If you love the feel of super-soft flannel but worry it might look sloppy, try it in a structured cardigan or a draped scarf instead. Either will look especially elegant worn over tailored pants and a white blouse, while still maintaining those cozy cold-weather vibes.
12. Make Your Plaids Work for Spring
Flannel isn’t just for fall and winter. You can also style it for those transitional days between seasons (particularly as we head into spring). To make them work in warmer weather, stick with colorful plaid patterns and pair them with white or beige pants, strappy sandals and a springy handbag.