When you think about how to wear a flannel shirt, you’re probably not flooded with inventive outfit ideas. Flannel shirts are more or less the Old Faithful of fall tops—the one that only leaves your dresser in September, and only if you’re pairing it with riding boots and denim.
No one’s saying a flannel shirt can’t be your top choice for a relaxed fall outfit, but it can be worn so many more ways. With celebrities like Taylor Swift and Gigi Hadid as your guide, you’ll see that flannels shouldn’t be confined to one season—or one type of outfit. Here’s how to wear a flannel shirt, six celebrity-approved ways.
Wearing flannel in the spring or summer doesn’t have to be a complicated process. Just look at Taylor Swift, who wore her black flannel out in New York City with black skinny jeans and loafers. It’s an outfit that would work with button-ups of any material or length; the flannel’s stripes and pushed-up sleeves are simply a casual alternative to an Oxford shirt.
Layered With Denim
Flannel has a few natural allies in fashion, and denim is one of them. Bring the two together like Hailey Bieber in a hybrid flannel-denim jacket, or wear a cropped denim jacket over a larger flannel shirt. To dress up these two casual fabrics, try a pointed bootie or sock boot like Bieber.
Anything can be a crop top if you just believe—even a flannel shirt. Bella Hadid said as much when she wore a yellow flannel shirt tied under her ribcage with a miniskirt. If denim skirts aren’t your vibe, this Daisy Duke styling pairs with high-waist jeans. This look works best in summer for obvious reasons, so make sure your flannel has short sleeves.
When a turquoise flannel like Kendall Jenner‘s comes your way, defer to an old fashion favorite: the monochromatic outfit. Match your jeans to the biggest stripe in your flannel shirt for a laid-back look riffing on one color.
If someone asked how to wear a flannel shirt to the gym, you might assume they don’t know what flannel is. But think of flannel as a cozy replacement for a sweatshirt. Wear a boxy flannel shirt buttoned or unbuttoned with leggings and chunky sneakers; either way, flannel’s sporty interpretation is a Gigi Hadid favorite.
Sometimes, a legit denim or leather jacket is too heavy to be your outer layer. That’s the moment to learn how to wear a flannel shirt as temporary outerwear. A unbuttoned flannel shirt with an oversize fit sits nicely on top of a vintage band tee and jeans, like model Liu Wen’s airport outfit. Roll each sleeve once, then push them up your arms to channel her casual look.