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    san antonio riverwalk Real estate is a competitive business. In some markets, if you don't jump on a property you like right away, you risk losing it within days — or even hours.

    A new study by found the hottest housing markets in country by zip code, measuring the time it takes properties to sell and how frequently homes are viewed. 

    Homes in the hottest zip codes go fast, selling in an average of 25 days — a full 53 days faster on average than the rest of the country, according to These places also have a few crucial similarities: They tout strong job markets and are home to a large population of millennials, one of the largest generations in US history. 

    Notably, the top three places — Watauga, Texas; Pleasant Hill, California; and Northglenn, Colorado — are all located along the perimeter of major metro areas: Fort Worth, San Francisco, and Denver, respectively. These peripheral locations allow buyers to purchase relatively affordable homes within expensive metro areas, according to the report. 

    Read on to check out the 20 hottest housing markets in America by zip code.

    SEE ALSO: The 25 most expensive housing markets in the US

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    20. 58103 — Fargo, North Dakota

    Population: 118,523

    Median household income: $46,311

    Median home listing price: $193,000

    Job growth in the past year: 2%

    Jobs added in the past year: 4,700

    19. 49508 — Kentwood, Michigan

    Population: 51,357

    Median household income: $49,201

    Median home listing price: $148,000

    Job growth in the past year: 3%

    Jobs added in the past year: 8,600

    18. 14625 — Rochester, New York

    Population: 209,802

    Median household income: $30,784

    Median home listing price: $203,000

    Job growth in the past year: 1%

    Jobs added in the past year: 3,600

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    Ralph Lauren

    Ralph Lauren is a name synonymous with American fashion. And yet, the story of how he built one of the largest fashion companies in the world from nothing isn't quite so well-known.

    Lauren's net worth is now estimated to be nearly $6 billion, according to Forbes.

    Here's how he amassed that wealth, and what he uses it for.


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    Ralph Lifshitz was born in New York City in 1939, the youngest of four by Russian Jewish immigrants. As a teenager, he changed his last name to Lauren and walked around his Bronx neighborhood wearing outlandish styles like army fatigues and tweed jackets.

    Source: O, The Oprah Magazine

    After dropping out of Baruch College two years in, he enlisted in the US Army and served from 1962 to 1964. He then had a short stint as a tie salesman at Brooks Brothers and another, now-defunct tie company.

    Source: O, The Oprah Magazine

    By 26, he was designing and selling his own neckwear. He put together "rags" and fashioned them into ties. He designed a distinctive fatter, European-style neck tie, making them "out of a drawer" in the Empire State Building.

    Source: O, The Oprah Magazine

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    A study has discovered a link between certain personality types and the frequency and quality of their sex lives. 278 newlywed couples participated in the study and kept daily journals.

    Produced by Arielle Berger. Original reporting by Jessica Orwig.

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    food salad restaurant person mexican

    As more and more of your friends go gluten-free, you may be wondering: Is there something to this latest diet craze? Is gluten intolerance a thing? Is it getting more common?

    The answer is, simply, no.

    Only about 1% of people worldwide actually have celiac disease, the rare genetic disorder that makes people intolerant to gluten, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation.

    In other words, in a room of 100 people, chances are one has celiac, and that number is not on the rise. In fact, a study published this month found that the prevalence of celiac has remained basically unchanged since 2009.

    As for all those people who say they don't have celiac but are just "sensitive" to gluten, a 2013 study out of Monash University suggested that's probably not true.

    So what's really going on when people stop eating gluten?

    Alan Levinovitz, an assistant professor at James Madison University who studies the intersection between religion and medicine and who wrote the book "The Gluten Lie," says it essentially comes down to a mix of psychology and behavioral change.

    In the book, Levinovitz interviews Peter Gibson, the Monash University professor of gastroenterology who helped write the 2013 study concluding that non-celiac gluten "intolerance" was probably not a thing. Gibson says the real reason that many people who have cut out gluten claim to feel healthier is simply because they've changed their diets.

    "I've noticed [this] lots of times, even with family members," Gibson told Levinovitz. "They've decided they're eating a lot of takeaway foods, quick foods, not eating well at all. They read this thing about gluten-free, and then they're buying fresh vegetables, cooking well, and eating a lot better."

    In other words, while cutting gluten may seem as though it helps you lose weight or clears up your complexion, the reality is that 500 other things could be the real cause.

    "Blaming the gluten is easy, but you could point to about a hundred things they're doing better," Gibson said.

    gluten free cupcakes

    But this can be a tough pill to swallow.

    "When it comes to food sensitivities, people are incredibly unwilling to question self-diagnoses," Levinovitz wrote. "No one wants to think that the benefits they experienced from going gluten-free ... might be psychological."

    On top of that, connecting what we've eaten to physical symptoms is incredibly difficult. Studies have shown that not only do we have trouble remembering what we ate when we ate it, but we're also poor judges of what's healthy and what's not.

    So rather than jumping to self-diagnose, see a doctor. And stick to the science.

    SEE ALSO: One of the most popular ways of telling if you're a healthy weight is bogus — here's what you should do instead

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    Snap Spectacles

    I don't know much of anything about Snapchat because I'm frankly just too old to get it.

    But I have a 13-year-old daughter, and she and her friends get Snapchat and then some. They use it constantly — it's by far their most beloved app.

    Are they going to be instant customers for the newly renamed Snap Inc.'s Spectacles and new wearable video recorder that Business Insider's Biz Carson has been reporting on over the past few days?

    At $129 a pop, it's not a super-major outlay for a parent, or even a teen with some money saved up. These things could be big this holiday season, assuming they're even available.

    There is something oddly brilliant about Spectacles, and succeed or fail, I think they prove that CEO Evan Spiegel is able to leverage his youth — he's only 26 — to dial into some interesting business opportunities.

    They don't look to me a like a built-to-last kind of thing. Actually, they very much remind me of a bunch of el-cheapo fads from my own pre-digital youth in the 1970s. You may have heard of some this goofy stuff, like pet rocks and mood rings.

    Spectacles look large and kind of silly — Spiegel has called them a "toy" — and they come in basic black as well as two offbeat colors, the always popular teal and coral. They can only record up to 10 seconds of video, so they're clearly only useful as a Snapchat accessory. You play around with them for a few months and then move on. Fad finished.

    Snapchat Spectacles colors

    OK, maybe they stick around and are improved. But how much fun could that be? Spiegel has to be too cool to have missed the negative reception that Google Glass received.

    One thing I've noticed about digitally sophisticated kids who aren't yet of driving age is that they cycle through their enthusiasms quite a bit faster than previous generations. This appears new because they're all using the mobile internet, but it also feels very '70s to me. That was a decade when all kinds of trends came and went rapidly, in music, culture, fashion, and even politics.

    I tried this theory out on my 13-year-old, and she agreed that they were possibly a neat gimmick — they reminded her of some other recent fads, like hoverboards, something I hadn't thought about.

    But something that Spiegel probably has.

    SEE ALSO: Everything we know about Snapchat's new camera glasses

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    Everyone experiences morning breath now and again, it's a fact of life. But if some mornings you find that your breath is so bad that you're scaring your pets, maybe you should take some advice from ear, nose, and throat specialist, Dr. Erich Voigt.

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    There's a lot of noise out there for what men should wear this fall. But if you ignore all the other trends, at least remember this one: plaid.

    Yes, that's right. Plaid. Humble plaid. You may already own something in plaid, as the pattern is already quite common in men's clothing.

    But this time, plaid is taking over. It's not just button-up flannel anymore, but blazers, suits, outerwear, and even pants emblazoned with the checked pattern.

    It was everywhere on the runway earlier this year, and now that we're finally seeing some of those collections in stores, we're seeing them on the streets, too.

    But don't just take our word for it — Bloomberg and GQ have noticed the same trend.

    So how do you wear plaid? That's the easy part! You probably already are wearing it. But if you're looking for more tips on how to get in on this trend that's about to explode, look for blazers or even suits with the pattern. A plaid jacket over a solid shirt is a great accent to complete a look.

    Get as crazy a pattern as your conscience will allow you, but don't get too crazy – or who knows when you'll actually be able to wear it.

    A word of caution: keep in mind that patterned items are inherently a little less formal than plain ones, so don't show up to a black-tie event dressed in a plaid tuxedo. Also, this look can be very easily overdone, so try to stick to only one item or set in plaid.

    Mr. Porter

    From left to right: A.P.C. Plaid Wool Cardigan ($575), ETRO Velvet And Calf Hair-Trimmed Plaid Wool-Blend Coat ($2,330)Gant Rugger Brooklyn Checked Cotton-Twill Shirt ($145)

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    A heavy, preferably carb-filled meal is a must after a fun night partying with friends. And in a city like New York, there's certainly no shortage of places to find a satisfying meal when you're nursing a hangover. 

    ChefsFeed is an app that generates dining recommendations from a trustworthy source: the chefs themselves. Star chefs can use the app to recommend their favorite dishes from other restaurants. You can find recommendations for any kind of food you might be in the mood for, whether that's an extensive omakase meal or just a classic cheeseburger. 

    We turned to ChefsFeed's guide to hangover meals to find out where top chefs get their comfort food fix in New York City.

    SEE ALSO: This dining club treats toddlers to fancy meals at Michelin-starred restaurants — here's what it's like to eat with them

    Chef Bryce Shuman, Betony

    Pepperoni thin-crust pizza at Luzzo's — 211 1st Avenue, East Village

    "This thin crust is awesome. Just get it. The pepperoni is great venture from the traditional Napoletana that I am also crazy about."

    Chef Harold Dieterle, formerly of Perilla and Kin Shop

    Soup dumplings at Grand Sichuan — various locations in New York City

    "Biting into one of these whole dumplings makes for an amazing explosion in your mouth. Warm, comforting, sweet and salty. Make sure you go to the 7th Ave. location."

    Chef Alain Allegretti, Beautique

    Pho Ga at Thai Son — 89 Baxter Street, Chinatown

    "The chicken broth is cooked perfectly, with the noodles and raw veggies getting steamed ever so slightly when they hit the hot broth. It reminds me of home with my mom. This is the perfect hangover food."

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    jen glantz

    Two years ago, Jen Glantz was a 26-year-old working as a copywriter for a tech startup in New York City.

    A Florida native who graduated with a double major in journalism and English, Glantz spent her days writing video scripts for big companies like Disney, Target, Geico, and Comcast.

    "I really loved the people I worked with and the work I was doing, but it was never enough for me," Glantz, now 28, told Business Insider. "I had this entrepreneurial bug inside of me that was always saying 'create your own opportunity.' Every night I'd come home and work on a project of my own — whether it was writing a book, working on my blog, or trying to start my own business."

    It wasn't totally surprising that when Glantz's roommate called her "the professional bridesmaid" in the summer of 2014 — somewhere around her sixth stint as a bridesmaid — she had a light-bulb moment. She went to Craigslist, posted an ad, and went to bed. She woke up to over 250 emails, and by the end of the week thousands of messages had flooded her inbox.

    Her ad read something like this:

    When all my friends started getting engaged, I decided to make new friends, but then they got engaged too, and for what felt like the hundredth time, I was asked to be a bridesmaid. This year, I've been a bridesmaid four times. That's four chiffon dresses, four bachelorette parties filled with tequila shots and guys in thong underwear twerking way too close to my face. So let me be there for you this time if you don't have any other girlfriends except your third cousin, twice removed, who is often found sticking her tongue down an empty bottle of red wine.

    Jen Glantz

    Glantz said she saw a gap in the $300 billion wedding industry but had no idea what to expect after posting the ad.

    "When I was behind the scenes at my friends' weddings, there was no one there for the bride. Sure, there was often a wedding planner, but she was focused on making sure the room was set up and the vendors arrived on time. If the bride had bridesmaids, they were often busy getting ready and posing for photos, leaving the bride to feel overwhelmed and stressed out over last-minute tasks and heavy emotions," Glantz said. "I decided to fill this gap. I figured I'd post the ad to see what happens, but I never thought I'd get that kind of response."

    The overwhelming interest to her Craigslist ad confirmed her suspicions, and she ran with the idea. That same week, she and her brother cofounded Bridesmaid for Hire, a company that offers "undercover bridesmaid" and personal-assistant-type services to brides and their wedding parties.

    "Essentially I'm there as the bride's personal assistant and on-call therapist. I help her manage and execute her personal to-do list of tasks, which can often be over 100 tasks long."


    Glantz's services aren't for "sad brides without friends." There are a few reasons people hire her. Some brides have bridesmaids but are looking for a professional to step in and help with tasks and make sure their wedding party has everything they need. Others are women who don't have many close people in their lives and "want a bridesmaid by their side to make this adventure special for them."

    She's not a rent-a-friend for the day, she said, though she does become friends with most brides she works with. "I'm just a professional who can help make the wedding experience more pleasant for everyone," she said.

    Glantz booked her first client, a Minnesota bride named Ashley, in July 2014, a few weeks after her ad went up. "She hired me after her maid of honor 'stepped down,'" Glantz said. "This person was not there for Ashley and couldn't provide her with the support a bride deserves."

    They spoke on the phone weekly, and when Ashley's big day came in September, Glantz was by her side. In the six months following Ashley's wedding, Glantz booked another five weddings as a hired bridesmaid.

    At the time, her packages ranged from $300 to $2,000, and the average bride or bridesmaid paid her $1,000 per gig, but that wasn't enough to give up her day job just yet.

    Jen Glantz

    "I would wake up every morning at 6 and work on my side gig until 9, and then go to my full-time job and come home around 6 or 7 and work again until midnight," Glantz said. "I loved working two jobs. I loved spending half my day being my own boss and spending the other half in an environment working for someone else and learning how to be a boss from them.

    "It was exhausting and I hardly saw my friends, and I spent 75% of my weekends doing work ... but I enjoyed it because I felt like I was working on building something for myself. I was creating an opportunity for myself that perhaps nobody in this world would ever give me."

    Glantz imagined that she would eventually quit her full-time job and go off on her own but didn't know when. Before she ever got the chance to make that decision she was laid off.

    "In October 2015 I was let go, and it was a complete shock," she said. "There had been whispers that my company was going to be laying people off but I didn't think I'd be on that list. I was very loyal to my job and the work that I did. Even though I was managing my own business on the side, I worked extra hard to make sure it never interfered with my responsibilities at my full-time job."

    She told Business Insider that she would never forget the morning it happened.

    "I stood outside of the building on my way out and said to myself, 'I will never ever work for anybody else.' I was a bit heartbroken. I called my mom and she told me that I was hanging off a cliff and I needed this push. I probably never would have left that job, and perhaps I wouldn't be where I am today with my own career and business if I didn't get laid off."

    Glantz now had more time to focus on her business.

    Jen Glantz

    "At first I felt lost," she said. "I started having to structure every hour so that I knew what I had to do next and when I had to get it done by. If not, I'd find myself working on a task and procrastinating on that for hours.

    "I was solely responsible for working my butt off to make my business successful and for earning enough money every month to pay my bills and health insurance — it was terrifying.

    "You inherit a lot of pressure you didn't have before when you were getting a steady paycheck," Glantz added. "My life, at first, became the constant obsession of looking at my finances and counting every dollar I was bringing in every month."

    Leaving a traditional office environment was tough too: "I miss working closely with other people. Starting your own business and working from your couch can be super lonely. When I first started working from home, I went entire days without seeing anyone. I loved interacting with my coworkers, grabbing lunch with them, or just chatting about what's up in the world."

    But working for herself also has its perks. She doesn't miss having to ask off from work when she wants to go visit family in Florida or take a vacation — or having to ask permission to go outside for a 30-minute break. "I love that I can structure my days the way I want to," she said. "If I want to wake up at 6 and work till 3 so that I can take the rest of the afternoon off, I can do that without having to explain myself to anyone."

    Glantz said her best advice for anyone trying to make it as an entrepreneur is to start right now:

    "Don't wait for the perfect time to write a business plan or test your idea. There will never be a perfect time and you will never have every single thing you need to start your own business. Start with what you have now and start with who you are now — because truly, it's enough."

    Jen Glantz

    Teaching people how to start their own business became a passion, too, and Glantz now offers virtual workshops for people around the world to learn the ins and outs of starting a side gig while working full-time.

    "You have to do and want and try things that give you nervous jitters, that make your heart race out of control," she added. "Because if not, what's the point? If you want to try a new career, take a class on that industry, have coffee with someone who does that job right now, get to know what it is you want to do and then find a way to break into that career path. Either way, just do it. It's always worth a try, and as my mom told me when I said I was moving to New York City, you can always go back if you don't like it."

    In the year since she was laid off, Glantz released a second book, "Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire)," and worked with over 40 brides and maids-of-honor.

    She says most wedding guests don't know she's a hired bridesmaid. But if and when guests do ask Glantz how she knows the bride, her response is simply, "We're friends." "Rarely do they question me beyond that," she previously told Business Insider.

    Today her services— which range from speechwriting to being an "undercover bridesmaid" — start at $150 and can exceed $2,000. She'd like to expand and have teams in cities around the world. To date, she's had more than 10,000 women apply to work with her. She hopes to start franchising her business soon.

    While she wouldn't comment on the specifics of her earnings, Glantz says her income comes from a combination of Bridesmaid for Hire, freelance writing, virtual classes, and consulting.

    "At first, starting your own business feels terrifying and will give you an unnecessary amount of daily acid reflux," Glantz said. "But the more you get the hang of managing your time and figuring out how to jump on your goals, the more you can take a deep breath knowing that you own your career now and you own your life. It's the most empowering feeling a person can have."

    SEE ALSO: A startup founder explains what it was like to leave her job at Goldman Sachs to launch her own business

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    Whether you're working in your office, walking down the street, or eating in a restaurant, there's usually one common factor: people are looking at their phones. Internal medicine physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston dropped by Business Insider to talk about the science behind why we are constantly compelled to check our mobile devices. 

    Ruston directed "Screenagers," a documentary about the excessive use of mobile devices among children and teenagers.

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    According to a study, lifting weights may be a great way to boost your brain health in addition to improving your strength. 

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    coolest new businesses in nyc

    New York City is known around the world for its diversity in food, culture, shopping, and recreation. But what truly makes it a standout city are the small businesses that bring its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit to life.

    We've scoured the city to spotlight some of the coolest small businesses founded within the last three years.

    From a pencil collector's paradise to a hip coworking community space to a chromotherapy spa, here are 25 of New York's coolest new businesses:

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    App of Joe

    Select locations around Manhattan

    What it is: An app for scoring $1 coffee around the city.

    Why it's cool: Frequent visits to your local coffee shop for a $2 or $3 coffee can add up — especially if you're ditching the commercial chains for indie spots. The folks behind App of Joe, an iOS and Android app that launched in June, offer a membership-free solution: You can order tea and drip coffee for a flat fee of $1 and "fancy drinks" like a latte, macchiato, or cappuccino for $2 from indie coffee shops — currently about 20 — around Manhattan.


    160 Huron St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn

    What it is: A combination cafe and bookstore that only sells books about food.

    Why it's cool: Inspired by her Sicilian grandparents, Paige Lipari, a former rare-books seller, wanted to open a shop that combined her love of books and food. In fall 2013, she opened Archestratus.

    The book selection at Archestratus — named after an ancient Sicilian poet — includes cookbooks as well as fiction and nonfiction books inspired by food. Its cafe offers Sicilian-inspired pastries and dishes like rice balls. Archestratus also holds a number of workshops, cooking classes, and other weekly events.


    Williamsburg and Crown Heights, Brooklyn

    What it is: A co-living community with full amenities.

    Why it's cool: Common opened its first shared living space — dorm-style living for working adults — in Crown Heights last fall and has since opened two more locations in Brooklyn as well as one in San Francisco. In the past year, the company has received over 5,000 applicants looking for a room in one of its community-minded residencies.

    Rent commonly runs upward of $1,500, though that includes all fees and utilities. The houses also come fully furnished and fit anywhere from 19 to 50 people.

    But it's not just about finding a living space — Common encourages its members to build a strong community and get to know their roommates. Each household has member-led events like potlucks, wellness events, and book clubs.

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    Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus, the clinical director of Maze Women's Sexual health, reveals why successful people tend to have more sex than others.

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    toast avocado tomato sandwichDr. Mark Hyman, director of the Cleveland Clinic's Center for Functional Medicine, thinks we never should have told people to stop eating fat.

    In a recent interview with The New York Times, Hyman talks about switching from a low-fat, carb-heavy diet — which he says wasn't giving him the results he wanted — to one that incorporates healthy fats from things like fish and nuts.

    He recently wrote the book "Eat Fat: Get Thin," which focuses on incorporating high-fat, plant-based foods into your diet.

    Here's a look at some of the high-fat staples Hyman includes in his eating regimen, along with some of the foods he avoids, and what the research says about them:

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    Keep as your cornerstone: Veggies, veggies, and more veggies

    Hyman describes his current diet as "a cross between paleo and vegan diets." He doesn't eat much — if any — meat or dairy, and he avoids foods that are high in sugar or refined carbs. Or, in the words of famous journalist and food writer Michael Pollan"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

    Indeed, Hyman says, "About 70 to 80% of your diet should be plant foods," like vegetables, whole grains, beans, and fruits.

    "It should basically include whole, fresh food that's unprocessed and high in fiber and phytonutrients," says Hyman, the latter of which are plant-derived compounds associated with positive health effects.

    Add to your bag: Nuts and seeds

    Hyman says he carries packets of almond and cashew butter and nut bars like Kind when he travels to help him avoid making "bad choices" that can result from last-minute cravings.

    "I basically have fat and protein as my snacks, and I have enough food in my bag to last an entire day," he said.

    Since they're high in protein, nuts can help stabilize blood-sugar levels — which, if they plummet, can make healthy people feel hangry and is especially dangerous for people with diabetes. Nuts are also a good source of fiber, a key nutrient that helps aid digestion and keeps us feeling full.

    Swap for butter and margarine: Olive oil

    Most of the fat in olive oil comes from a special type of "healthy" or monounsaturated fat. Along with another form of unsaturated fat, polyunsaturated, this type of fat has been linked with several health benefits, from helping to reduce the risk of heart disease to keeping blood-sugar levels steady. Several studies have also found that fats like the type found in olive oil may actually help lower total cholesterol levels.

    Still, like any oil, olive oil is rich in calories, so researchers suggest using it in place of other fats, like butter and margarine, rather than simply adding it to your daily diet.

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    The Autumnal Equinox is past, and with it comes a parade of flannel. 

    Thanks to its comfort, ease, and warmth, the brushed cotton fabric will be as popular as ever this fall and winter — and not just among those who chop down wood for a living.

    In case you haven't jumped on the flannel bandwagon yet, here are a few tips to get you started.

    Stay away from super heavy fabrics.

    Mr Porter

    Erase thick flannels from your mind and your closet. While brands like Pendleton and Woolrich make fantastic flannels, their shirts have a bulky feel that might make you look like you own a blue ox. 

    For ease of layering and a less chunky look, choose flannels that are advertised as light or mid-weight. This one lets you wear the trend minus the heft. 

    Flannel does not always mean plaid.


    Plaids and flannels appear together a lot, but not always. In fact, a solid-colored or mélange flannel is an even classier look that bypasses the whole "woodsy" aesthetic. Non-plaid flannels are also easier to match and work into your wardrobe. This Beams Plus shirt is a perfect example.

    Plaid does not always mean checkered red and black.


    An explosion of different types, colors, and patterns of plaid means there's a lot more choice this year for your plaid. There's no excuse to stick to the ones you're used to.

    This colorful J.Crew shirt is a good example.

    Layer, layer, layer.


    In fall, layering is really the name of the game. Flannels — especially lighter ones — are ideal layering pieces, whether under a fleece, a puffer vest, a denim jacket, or a wool coat. They go with just about everything and can serve as the first, second, or even third layering piece, depending on the weather.

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