Flannels: they’re not just for lumberjacks anymore. Over the past couple of decades, the traditional workman shirt has become one of the biggest and most popular trends in all of fashion. Initially becoming trendy after bands like Nirvana (ironically) introduced the shirts to their fans, the shirts have come a long way. And over just the past few years in particular, flannels have gone from being a “hipster” piece of clothing to something that people of all ages and tons of high school students wear regularly.

Flannels originated as shirts for men, but within the halls of Avonworth, seeing a girl wearing a flannel is just as common as seeing a guy in one. And one of the reasons for this is most likely the versatility of a flannel.

Guys often wear the shirts with jeans and boots, either buttoned or unbuttoned. However, a look that has become wildly popular for guys over the past few years thanks to stores like PacSun is wearing a flannel with the sleeves rolled along with slim pants, either denim or of color, Vans, Converse, or other lace-up shoes of the like, and depending on the person, perhaps a hat. Flannels work well as the statement of the outfit, or they can be used to accentuate; for example, wearing a graphic tee underneath a flannel is a great way to layer and add a little more excitement.

And the same thing applies for girls as well: flannels can be worn as the main shirt with a pair of jeans or leggings, they can be layered, and they can even be tied around the waist as an accessory (this is not exclusive to girls). Flannels most often are worn as part of a casual outfit, but that doesn’t always have to be the case–they look great with skirts, dresses, under jackets, and with all sorts of jewelry.

And not only are flannels extremely versatile and cute, but also very warm and comfortable. Stores like Abercrombie and Fitch have promoted the “casual” flannel trend for years, and by now most stores have caught on, including high end designers like Ralph Lauren and classier stores like J Crew. And some of the credit for this can probably be given to high school students themselves; “Flannel Fridays” are consistently popular, and understandably so. After all, what store wouldn’t sell a shirt that has a day specifically designated for its wearing?

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