The weather in Boston is cold and I’m already constantly freezing, which I will be for the rest of the winter. I was not born with warm genes. I’m currently wearing one of my boyfriend’s flannel shirts, which is toasty, but would not get the seal of style approval. I don’t wear these shirts outside, just to be clear. But I want to. I just want to be warm. Are flannel shirts, like most other warm clothes, just not fashionable for women?
Uniqlo apparently thinks flannel shirts are fashionable, enough so to devote an entire section on their site to flannel shirts for women. I’m not sure I can get behind these tunic shirts though. Is this look some kind of reverse chic?
I guess I just answered my own question. If I find myself reflexively mocking the flannel shirt Uniqlo spread, it’s clear I’ve decided that flannel shirts do not equal style. They definitely win in warmth, but style, no.
This model is attractive despite the fact that she’s wearing flannel, not because she is.
The bottom line is that flannel is a look appropriated from lumberjacks and the Old West by way of grunge, and it’s trickled down to the rest of us. It certainly has a place in the stylish wardrobe, but not as something that is going to make us look “better.” A flannel shirt may make us look “stylish” if grunge or a touch of grunge is our style, but I don’t think that the check pattern could possibly enhance any woman’s body or features.
Do you agree, or have I just insulted your favorite item of clothing and accused you of having bad taste?