October 30, 2013

Lumberjack Chic :: Flannel Gets a Makeover

Under a sweater with pearls

I live in the north. It gets cold. It IS cold. Yesterday, it didn't get above freezing until the middle of the afternoon. When all you want to do is walking around in a Snuggie, dressing for work can be a challenge. While I personally think it's time for employers to realize that yoga pants and sweatshirts make happy employees and happy employees make productive employees, I seem to be the only picking up this particular cause. As such, I've spent a considerable amount of time trying to figure out how I can make my work wardrobe winter friendly - especially considering I have to do a decent amount of trekking around outside between buildings during my day.

Sure, cashmere is really warm and totally professional, but you know what else it is? Really expensive. And unless you luck out with a mega sale or have time to troll around ebay and thrift shops, it's not going to be an everyday wardrobe stable. Enter flannel.

It's affordable and it's warm. The question is, how do I wear flannel without looking like a lumberjack? Here's a few styling suggestions that I'm using for inspiration:

Under a blazer (70s jeans optional)

Add a leather skirt

Belt it

With a high waisted bubble skirt

 With sequins

With ruffles and leopard

And remember, accessories make the outfit. I'm reasonably confident some pearls or sparkles can perk up any outfit.

Now, to be fair, I have the advantage of really being able to wear whatever I want - some of my colleagues show up in jeans and a T-shirt everyday. However, I prefer to not look neither like a scrub (I will personally bring back TLC) nor a 12 year old, so that is not an option for me.

So what do you think, is flannel a do or a don't?

[Photo Credit: pic 1; pic 2; pic 3; pic 4; pic 5; pic 6; pic 7]


  1. I really like all of these plaid options!!

  2. I love this look, especially for fall!

  3. I'm over the moon for flannel right now too! I love that first photo and the one with the bubble skirt!

    KK @ Preppy Pink Crocodile

  4. Love this look! Makes me want to go invest in more plaid :)

  5. This post made me laugh, I wish I could wear yoga pants and my snuggie to work... I would definitely get more done! I love the pairing of flannel with a leather skirt, great looks.

  6. Love all of these looks! I adore flannel - so comfy!


  7. I love how you showed a big variety of styling options here! I think it's a do...on others. :) I still haven't found the right one for myself but I do love this trend.

    On the Daily Express

  8. I love the idea of a high-waisted skirt with a flannel shirt! Also I think a flannel shirt tied at the waist with the new JCrew flute skirt would be so cute!

    Ashley | History in High Heels

  9. It's a do! Love flannels. Paired one with a little cream wool skirt last year and loved the look.

  10. I'm loving flannel this year! I have already bought a red flannel and white flannel button ups to layer with this winter. They look great in so many different outfits!

  11. I am seriously obsessed with my flannels in the winter. I put them under and over almost everything. Josh laughs when I dress them up, because he's a country boy and can't imagine flannel in the ways that I use it with skirts and what not! Great post!


  12. Love the way you've styled this! Thanks for linking up to the Blogger's Digest this week!


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