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How to wear a flannel shirt without looking like a lumberjack


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.

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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.

SEE ALSO: The fabulous life of legendary fashion billionaire Ralph Lauren

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