In last Friday's fashion post HERE, I talked about a new flannel shirt I tried to style for a fashion post but ended up scrapping the post because the pictures were so bad. Some of you wanted to see those pictures anyway, and I promise, I will show at least one photo from that shoot. I still plan on doing another fashion shoot with that flannel shirt if I can ever figure out how to style it to my satisfaction. Who would think styling a flannel shirt would be so difficult? But it is. At least for me.
I'm going to be honest here, and even go against my usual philosophy of age doesn't matter, body type is what really counts, and say that if your young and thin you can pretty much wear anything and look terrific, especially a flannel shirt. But when extra weight or increasing age is a factor, a flannel shirt can make a woman look frumpy fast if not styled appropriately. And that was my dilemma with last week's post, the flannel made me look very frumpy and not stylish at all.
That being said, I still think it is possible for older women of all body types to wear flannel without looking like they are headed to the barn to milk cows. It just has to be styled appropriately and you have to find the right flannel shirt. The flannel shirt I'm wearing below is one I bought years ago from Modcloth . I'm very happy with it and have worn it numerous times in these posts: HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.
So why does this flannel shirt work and other ones I have tried have not? For one, it's very structured. It tapers in at the waist, giving my body more definition. It is also pleated at the shoulder keeping the shoulders more narrow and fitted but allowing fullness for the bust. And it is a tunic, not a button down, which is more feminine.
I chose a straight leg dark denim for my lower half. I avoided anything with distressing, or a light wash for I wanted a more polished look on my lower half to balance the casual look of my top half. I rolled the cuffs up on my jeans so my cute booties would really be noticed.
My off-white cut out booties I bought several seasons ago from Francesca's. They are such a statement piece. I get compliments on them every time I wear them.
I chose these shoes because they dress up the outfit and also because they are very walkable. If you really want your flannel shirt outfit to look more stylish, wear heels with your jeans! In my case, I couldn't because I was walking a lot this day and I needed to be comfortable.
Adding jewelry when wearing a flannel shirt is so important to keep from looking too casual. Jewelry also adds a touch of dressiness to any outfit. In this case, I chose a simple red and silver necklace (old) because it fit the exposed neckline area the best and the colors coordinated well with my outfit.
I also wore a multi-strand beaded bracelet (old) and rings. I carried my new burgundy bag from Nicole Miller. The color went beautifully with my outfit, and the structure and details of the classy bag brought the flannel shirt outfit up a notch.
Flannel Shirt: Mine is no longer available but other options HERE and HERE, Nicole Miller Kira Satchel: HERE, White Booties: Mine is no longer available but HERE is another option.
So what do you think? Do I wear my flannel shirt stylishly or do I still look I'm ready to milk cows? How do you style flannel shirts to avoid the frumpy look? I'd love to hear from you!
Have a Great Day! Amy
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