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Who doesn’t like a good flannel in the below freezing temperatures of Chicago winters? Flannels provide a rustic, cozy, and a comfortable look that feels like you are wearing a soft blanket all day long. They come in all different colors, different kinds of plaid, and patterns. Whether you like a pop of color or a neutral tone in a flannel, it’s your choice. You can essentially wear a flannel year round. Girls can add their flannel as a light jacket over a dress or t-shirt during the summer. Guys may even wear their flannels as a jacket for breezy summer nights. It will top off that easygoing look that you may be going for–perfect for a campfire or casual endeavor. Then, in the colder months girls ands guy will pair their flannel of choice with a pair of jeans, khakis, or leggings. Flannels are a staple piece for the fall and winter months. With us venturing into December at the end of this week, it’s officially time for flannel season.

Often people wonder what’s the difference between a flannel and plaid shirt. Plaid is a pattern that has the typical square and line design while flannel is a warm and cozy fabric that is usually made out of wool, but sometimes cotton. The two of them combined into a flannel plaid shirt was originated from the stereotype of the lumberjack, who often paired their boots and the universal plaid, flannel shirt, officially making it a thing. Not many people know ( and I sure didn’t) that flannels were created in the 17th century by the Welsh as a replacement for their plain wool fabric, which was mostly made up of just yarn. It’s unclear who named the stuff, but the French called it flanelle and the Germans called it flanell. Because of it’s durability, affordability, and warmth, flannel quickly became popular across the European borders.When America was in its transition period in the 19th century–with railroads under construction–so were factories. Flannel made its debut as a cheap, tough material for soldiers’ undershirts and simple four-buttoned coats. It was the ideal fabric for workmen. Flannels will forever be the ideal fabric in the past, the present, and for the future.

You’ll be able to find a good flannel at these following stores: Aritzia, Urban Outfitters, Gap, J.Crew, Polo, L.L. Bean, Woolrich, Patagonia, Rails, and H&M.

Aritzia’s brand, Tna, is known for their soft material. The Brisco shirt by Tna is cut from soft, yarn-dyed flannel, which makes this a classic for the brand. Urban Outfitters is pretty well-known for having good flannels as well. Urban always has a variety of flannels throughout the year and consistently has convenient sales on a plush flannel. The Gap and H&M have been selling well-made and quality flannels for everyone for years. Polo and J.crew sell their flannels that provide a fitted, preppy look, depending on what style you are looking for. Patagonia and Woolrich make high quality flannels; I’m talking about long-lasting flannels that will be in your closet forever and will be that go-to flannel that you wear constantly. Rails is a brand that sells plaid shirts and flannels that are on the thinner fabric side, but have the exceedingly soft fabric. It’s smooth to the touch, a bit on the pricier end, yes, but these are an example of a year-round flannel–not too thick that will make you sweat during the summer and not too thin that will make you freeze during the winter. They are just right.

Flannels are a staple. Flannels are so cozy. Flannels are universal. Flannels are made for everyone and anyone. So please, go buy or grab your flannel off the hanger in your closet and show it off to everyone. Guys and gals, go wear your flannel and own it in any season.

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Mia Johnson, Author
Mia Johnson is a senior at Lake Forest High School. She runs on the Cross Country team, is a fashion enthusiast, a smoothie buff, and her forte is captioning creative Instagram posts. You will find her writings in the In Style and In LFHS section.
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