How to Wear Flannel Plaid Without Looking Like a Lumberjack

September 30th, 2009

How to Wear Flannel Plaid Without Looking Like a Lumberjack
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Fall is here, and it’s time to break out your flannel plaid shirts.  But how do you wear them without looking like a lumberjack?  The key is fit.  Big, blousy flannel plaid shirts scream "timber!"  But if you choose a flannel plaid in a slim cut style, you can turn a potentially woodsy look into something more urban. Here’s how to wear flannel plaid without looking like a lumberjack:

1.  Start with your flannel plaid shirt and a pair of casual pants.  We like the mix of textures when you combine worn in cords with your flannel plaid.
2.  When it gets cold, layer on a hoodie.  We love the contrast trims on this casual sweatshirt.  Style tip?  Leave the hoodie’s top two buttons unbuttoned so that the flannel plaid will shine through.
3.  Finish the look off with a casual boot.  The leather and tweed really add to the textures in the look.

How would you wear flannel plaid without looking like a lumberjack?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Men, Ready Made Outfits

7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sal  |  September 30th, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Just sent this to my hubs who, bless him, verges on lumberjack sometimes.

  • 2. Trisha  |  September 30th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Happy to help, Sal!

  • 3. Style-Fyle  |  October 3rd, 2009 at 6:18 am

    Dunno . . . still looking kinda lumberjack. I say why fight it and go full tilt: ditch the cords and go with some tough looking jeans. But then blue and red don’t mix well, so you’d need some type of gray or maybe black jean.

  • 4. Gary  |  October 4th, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Bought a couple of great ones from J. Crew recently. Great fit, nice colors. I’ve been pairing them with some olive-green fatigue/cargos and a khaki-colored camp pants. Sometimes with some white Converse Jack Purcells, other times with desert boots, depending on weather and temps.

    Pairing with jeans striikes me as a little too ordinary but it might work.

  • 5. Trisha  |  October 4th, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Love it! You’ve got some great pairings there, Gary. The olive green fatigue pants, desert boots, and the flannel plaid make for a great look.

  • 6. John  |  October 8th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    For splurge worthy plaids, burkman bros. is where you want to go. I love the red plaid (leftmost piece, second row).

    http://www.burkmanbros.com/collection.php (click on collection).

    They style the pieces in kind of an urban lumberjack way, but they can definitely be dressed up.

    They’re at Barney’s New York and Bergdorf, for you New Yorkers.

    I have plenty of plaids. I find that the color/pattern of the plaids is more than enough; the rest of the outfit should be subdued.

    I love the black/white buffalo check underneath a navy cloth peacoat (black works great too). It works well with canvas pants to give the look a kind of urban finish.

  • 7. Benjamin  |  October 26th, 2009 at 5:56 am

    After a trip to the Gap a month or so ago, I essentially walked out with this outfit, which I think is hilariously coincidental.

    I bought that shirt, that hoody, and the 1969 line version of those cords. Crazy.

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