How To Wear Flannels This Season

Your go-to cold-weather #AEOSTYLE essential is back & better than ever. In softer fabrics & the best fits, it’s time to add flannels and plaids back into your look. We want to help you get the most out of your flannel shirt this season, so we rounded up a few of our favorite ways to style them for girls and guys. Keep scrolling to check out our top picks for how to wear flannels this season.

Mix Fabrics: Take an unexpected approach with your plaid and wear it over a velvet dress. To make this look work, be sure that the flannel and dress are in the same color family.

Shop The Look: Ahhhmazingly Soft Boyfriend Shirt | Velvet Tie Dress

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Around the Waist: Bring the 90s to 2016. Keep a flannel tied around your waist as a cool way to bring color to your outfit – plus, it’s right there in case you need an extra layer. We like this look with a bomber jacket on top.

Shop The Look: Ahhhmazingly Soft Boyfriend Shirt | Easy Graphic Fleece Sweatshirt | Classic Bomber
AEO Denim X Jegging Ankle

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Bundled Up: If you’re going for an easy way to wear flannel, just button it up! This tried-and-true option doesn’t have to be complicated. Finish off the look with a cozy beanie.

Shop The Look: Ahhhmazingly Soft Boyfriend Shirt | Beanie

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Layer It: Layers are flannel’s best friend. Instead of pulling on a jacket, layer your flannel with a cardigan or sweater. This is a great way to add some depth and texture to your look.

Shop The Look: Ahhhmazingly Soft Boyfriend Shirt | Pocket Duster Cardigan | Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging
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Over a T-Shirt: Go for a classic look by throwing your flannel over a time-tested tee. This season is made for layering – and so are flannels.

Shop The Look: Plaid Shirt Jacket | Longline Graphic T-Shirt | 360 Extreme Flex Slim Chino

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Under a Vest: Take your flannel outside by popping on a warm vest – puffer, sherpa, the choice is yours! If the vest is neutral, add some color to the look with a vibrant flannel.

Shop The Look: Rugged Flannel Shirt | Faux Sherpa Vest360 Extreme Flex Skinny Jean

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Buttoned Up: Go from relaxed to buttoned up… by buttoning it up! This look will take you from hanging with friends to meeting the parents this season.

Shop The Look: Plaid Shirt Jacket | Active Flex Stripe Thermal | Extreme Flex Slim Jean30

Mix Prints: Be adventurous with your #AEOSTYLE. Make sure one color threads throughout all of your pieces (hint: it’s easiest to mix patterns when one piece is a neutral. A bold print contrasts best with a busy flannel.

Shop The Look: Heathered Poplin Shirt |Shawl Collar SweaterSlim Taper Extreme Flex Chino16

What’s your favorite way to wear flannel & plaid? Show us using #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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1 Flannel, 3 Ways: How To Style Fall’s Essential Shirt

At the first sign of Fall, we’re always reaching for a flannel. The flannel is Fall’s most essential shirt, a style we come back to year after year – it’s a cold weather staple that’s versatile and always on-trend. The great thing about flannels is their ability to shift purpose based on the style you’re going for. They can be the base of your look or act as an accessory to an outfit, just by switching up a few key details. Because of that, you can get tons of wear out of just one flannel. Our head stylist, Laura, pulled together three distinct looks each incorporating the same flannel in a different way to help you up your plaid game this season.

LOOK 1: BUTTONED-UP EDGE
In this outfit, your flannel acts as the base which the look is built on. To give the outfit just the right amount of edge, pair your flannel with eye-catching over-the-knee boots and a black wrap mini skirt. To soften the look, throw a mock neck sweater over your flannel.

STYLE TIPS: leave the collar of the flannel under the neck of the sweater to keep the look clean; push the sleeves of the sweater up so the flannel peeks out; choose a sweater in a neutral color that matches back to one of the shades in your flannel.

1 Flannel, 3 Ways: How To Style Fall's Essential Shirt

SHOP IT: Western Boyfriend Shirt | Ahhhmazingly Soft Mock Neck Sweater | Corduroy Wrap Skirt Over-The-Knee Slouchy Boot

LOOK 2: AROUND-THE-WAIST GRUNGE
This 90s-inspired look is one we can’t get enough of. Throw it back to a different era by tying your flannel around your waist. Keep the rest of the look monochrome to make the flannel really pop! Pairing the flannel with hi-rise destructed jeggings, a cropped, tie-front shirt, and buckled ankle booties will take your grunge look to new heights.

STYLE TIPS: make sure the flannel and the top are similarly colored to tie the look together; pair hi-rise jeggings with the flannel around your waist, as the jeans at a spot just a bit higher than where the flannel sits.

1 Flannel, 3 Ways: How To Style Fall's Essential Shirt

SHOP IT: Western Boyfriend Shirt | First Essentials Knot Tank | Denim X4 Hi-Rise Jegging | Buckled Heel Boot

LOOK 3: TOP LAYER COOL
In this look, we’re using the flannel as a top layer and accent piece. Here, we’re throwing the flannel over a slip dress and white tee, and adding a surprise element to the look by mixing prints in the dress and flannel. Plus, this little trick will make it look like your look took hours to plan! Finish the outfit off with tan ankle booties for an effortless feel.

STYLE TIP: Be sure your mixed prints share at least one similar color but ideally two or more; keep the tee under your slip dress a neutral white so the look isn’t overwhelming.

1 Flannel, 3 Ways: How To Style Fall's Essential Shirt

SHOP IT: Western Boyfriend Shirt | Seamed Floral Dress | Soft & Sexy Swing T-Shirt | Suede Slouchy Boot

Show us how you’re wearing your flannels & plaids this season using #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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Game of Thrones Actor Dressed Head-to-Toe in AEO

Game of Thrones Actor Dressed Head-to-Toe in AEO

Earlier this week, American Eagle Outfitters was pleased to sponsor Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre’s Dance Party. The fundraiser was hosted by Jack Gleeson, who plays the tyrannical King Joffrey on HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones. Prior to the event, Jack visited the American Eagle Outfitters store at Ross Park Mall in Pittsburgh to be outfitted by our own Director of Styling, Preston K. and Senior Stylist, Coco Y. Check out the photos below for a behind the scenes look at his fitting.

Game of Thrones Actor Dress Head-to-Toe in AEO

Jack & Preston chat before the fitting.

Game of Thrones Actor Dressed Head-to-Toe in AEO

Preston and CoCo begin to tailor Jack’s outfit for the event.

Game of Thrones Actor Dressed Head-to-Toe in AEO

Finding the perfect fit.

Game of Thrones Actor Dressed Head-to-Toe in AEO

The finished product! Senior Stylist, CoCo Y. and Jack Gleeson at PICT’S event.

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