Flannel is a versatile soft woven fabric that can be styled in multiple ways. Usually composed of wool, it may also be woven from nylon or cotton.
Although plain flannel exists, plaid flannel patterns are more widespread. Flannels make for warm scarves, blankets, robes, sleepwear, skirts, and shirts. Flannel comes in many a plethora of color combinations which makes pairings interesting.
One of the most popular go-to partners of flannel is a hoodie. One way to repurpose the same clothes into different outfits is by layering. So, let’s find out how to wear a flannel with a hoodie.
Why are flannels popular?
Because of their heat retention ability, flannels are perfect for layering in cold weather. Put them on top of plain t-shirts, put on a cap, your favorite jeans or sweats, and you have a cool look. They come in vibrant, bold colors and are perfect for picking up an outfit. While plain flannels are not as popular as their checkered counterparts, they can be worn in formal settings. More importantly, flannels have a casual, soft, and relaxed feel. It is like getting a warm hug from a dear friend.
Choosing the right hoodie
Wearing a flannel shirt over a hoodie is the casual street style of the mid-90s that has cycled back to us today. But one needs to follow a few rules to make this pairing work. Because most of the plaid flannels have one dominating bright color, with other subtler colors forming a pattern, it needs to be paired with a plain neutral hoodie.
For hoodies, go for the pullover kind of hoodies instead of a front zipper kind of hoodies. The zipper closure creates a visual break in the flow of the outfit, which is a buzzkill in the fashion sense.
If you like prints or writings on your clothes, then choose a hoodie to your liking. If you have an old, treasured hoodie from college, it would be perfect for creating this ensemble. Vintage on vintage always works.
When you wear the hoodie, ensure that the hood is left out of the flannel. The whole cool appearance is a result of the hooded silhouette clubbed with the flannel layering. A missing element will throw off balance.
Choosing the right flannel
There are a few things to be mindful of while choosing the flannel. Firstly, flannels are cheap when bought off-season. So, you can get an incredible variety at throwaway prices.
Secondly, they have an inherent vintage appearance. So, they are timeless. Many people also thrift their flannels. You could get really good branded vintage flannels for your wardrobe.
Thirdly, flannels often have a pattern created by thicker and thinner lines. You must choose the ones where the ratio is flattering for your personality.
Flannels come in a lot of variety. You may find flannels that are thick and lined by fur. Some of them may also have their own hoodies. Now, these are the flannels not suitable for wearing over hooded jackets. It will be heavy and appear bulky. The moral of the story, avoid flannels with hoodies. Too many hoodies spoil the look.
And lastly, always size up. Hoodies are loose by nature. So, if you are layering flannels over hoodies, they better slide onto hoodies effortlessly. Otherwise, the casual look will become an uncomfortable and suffocating experience. Not to mention it’ll not be pleasing to look at either.
Some popular flannel with hoodie pairings
The classic red and black flannel with a grey/ white hoodie
Commonly known as the lumberjack shirt, this red and black flannel showcases a uniform black and red checkered pattern. For initiation into the flannel world, this is perfect for beginners. Pair this flannel with your favorite light-colored hoodie and blue denim for a cool look.
Earthy tone navy blue and beige flannel with an off-white hoodie
This combination works wonders for men and women. Coordinate with skinny black jeans and boots/sneakers for a flawless appearance. An uber-chic outfit for a casual day out.
Navy blue and red flannel with a grey hoodie
When the flannel shades are subdued, creating outfits becomes easier. Any light grey hoodie with or without prints can be used for this combination. Great for the fall season, try this combination with skinny black jeans and boots for a movie night out.
The classic black and white flannel with a white hoodie
Another checkered classic, the black and white flannel, is exceptionally versatile to style. Even in street look, look stylish and confident. Perfect for a winter stroll, wear it over black jeans with black and white shoes to keep up with the theme.
Green and white flannel with a grey hoodie
A combination second to none, green adds a unique freshness to the otherwise mellow outfit. If you don’t prefer denim bottoms, go for black slacks and sneakers for a chilled-out look.
Yellow and teal flannel with a yellow hoodie
A bold combination that you may want to try before you step out, with a faded-out dull yellow hoodie, it works. Adding to your street cred, wear blue sweatpants and sports shoes for this ensemble.
Green and blue flannel with a black hoodie
Seriously, if you have three basic hoodies- grey, black and white, you’re set for this look. Incidentally, this flannel would also work well with the grey hoodie. Round up the outfit with a pair of light blue denim. You’ll just blend with the trend.
Brown and blue flannel with a black hoodie
Earthy tones of flannel are safe to pair with neutrals, and that is why this combination works. Wear your grey sweatpants and stroll outside with a breezy attitude.
Keeping it casual
While we understand that this look is so laid back, comfortable, cozy, easy, and warm that you’d want to wear this everywhere, avoid the temptation to wear it at your workplace. It is just too casual for an office setting.
But keeping up with the trend of unisex clothing, flannel with a hoodie look is a fantastic pairing for men and women. Especially for women who have access to a male closet, don’t hesitate to borrow a few pieces for your street style looks.