Flannels 101

Flannels 101

To tuck, tie, or hang? That is the question.  Flannels are one of the most fashionable pieces of clothing to sport during the fall and winter months. Flannels can be worn multiple ways depending on the look you are going for. Tie it at your waist line to create a more fitted look or front tuck for a comfy relaxed feel. Hang loose when pairing with other pieces like a long trench and combat boots.

The history of flannels dates back to the 17th century and is of Welsh origin. The word Flannel was used during these centuries to describe the material that was used to make what we call today a flannel. The French called it a flannelle in the 17th century and by the 18th century the German were calling it a flanell. When it was originally worn, it was by farmers and was made of wool to keep them warm. Since the plaid print was originally associated with the flannel, it is the primary pattern still used today. Just remember there is a difference between plaid and flannel.  Flannel is a fabric and plaid is a print. 

Flannels arrived in the United States in the late 1800's by a man named Hamilton Carhartt  who started a company and started manufacturing clothes for the working class, primarily made of flannel.  This was the beginning of the brand we know today as Carhartt.  He's standard for excellence quickly led to men everywhere across the United States wearing his flannel creations as part of their workwear.  

They have a rich history, are warm, soft and comfortable and can be worn many different ways. Pretty obvious why flannels are still so popular centuries later and still a fall and winter staple in everyone's closet.

Happy Styling 


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