When it comes to fall fashion trends, few looks are as perennial as plaid flannel. After all, what’s not to love? There’s just something about classic checks that look so right on an autumn day, and flannel is the perfect level of cozy for when the temperatures have just started to drop. A plaid shirt is insanely versatile too—we’re talking dressed up for a date, dressed down for a weekend afternoon with your BFFs and everything in between. Don’t believe us? These five looks are proof!
1. Date night
With the right pieces, it’s easy to dress up a flannel button-down you’d normally reserve for day. Start by tucking it into a skirt—we love the look of an edgy, asymmetrical wrap skirt! Add an eye-catching touch that will (literally!) dazzle your bae by wearing a blinged-out statement necklace tucked under your shirt collar. Pointed lace-up heels are elegant for a date night, but a midi heel ensures you’ll actually be able to walk. Put your phone, keys and wallet in a studded clutch, which keeps things from looking too cutesy.
2. Off to class
For class, you’ll want to be put together but comfortable enough to conquer whatever the day throws at you—which means throwing on an easy flannel dress is definitely in order! Layer a slouchy gray cardigan on top for a cozy autumn layered look. Flat ankle booties are practical for the walk to class but are a stylish step up from sneakers—and every collegiette needs a wear-forever tote for carting around her daily essentials!
3. Fall football game
Score a flannel in your school’s colors, and you have the perfect look for the first game of the season! Distressed skinny jeans are a stylish alternative to leggings, and combat boots are dressed down enough for a football game. No matter what color flannel you’re wearing, a warm puffer vest with sporty, prepster vibes looks chic on top!
4. Coffee run with the girls
Rocking a flannel for off-duty wear is as simple as throwing your other go-to weekend pieces into the mix. A neutral black and gray flannel looks cool and effortless with your favorite pair of jeans and an olive utility jacket on top. Go for a little pattern mixing (yes, we went there!) and opt for leopard print flats, which are subtle enough to not clash with your plaid shirt.
5. Night out
When it comes to looking fab in flannel, don’t limit yourself to the typical button-down! For a night out at a party, a plaid skirt is totally chic in a Cher Horowitz, '90s throwback way. A high mock-neck tank is fall-appropriate, but still allows you to show a little skin—pair it with a moto jacket, and you won’t have to worry about chilly autumn air! Finish the look with peep-toe ankle boots; the chunky heel will allow you to dance all night long!
The bottom line? When it comes to fall wardrobe staples, a flannel shirt (or skirt, or dress!) should be high on your shopping list this season! This is one fall essential we won’t be able to live without!