As fall is in full swing and the chilly weather upon us, it’s time to stock up on your cool-weather wardrobe essentials. Flannel is popular to wear during the colder months, as it provides the softness and cozy, warmth we crave during the autumn and winter season. And what’s flannel without plaid? It’s like peanut butter with no jelly, or ham with no burger. Okay, maybe I went too far with the last analogy, but you get my drift.
It’s undeniable, “flannel and plaid is the perfect pair.” So much so, there is often confusion between the two. Are flannel and plaid one in the same? Or, are they different? It’s time to address one of the biggest misinterpretations in fashion: “is there ‘really’ a difference between flannel and plaid?” I know it may sound strange to some, but flannel and plaid are actually two very different things. Let me break it down and give you all the details.
Flannel is a fabric commonly made from wool and cotton that provides exceptional warmth and comfort. This soft-woven fabric originated in the seventeenth century and has a worldwide reputation for high insulation, which is why it’s a popular clothing option for winter’s chill. Flannel is brushed for softness with metal scrubbers to generate extra tiny fibers to retain warmth. And so, flannel is definitely a must-have for anyone and everyone desiring cozy comfort for the colder months. Honestly, what’s not to love about curling up in soft and warm flannel lounge pants and binge-watching Netflix while drinking hot tea?
Unlike flannel fabric, plaid is merely a pattern that originated from Scotland in the sixteenth century. Imagine those plaid-patterned kilts worn in the movie “Braveheart.” Plaid is often called tartan and vice-versa. However, there are arguments for and against using these two words (plaid and tartan) interchangeably. But, that’s a debate for another time. Plaid is defined by its vertical and horizontal stripes that intersect one another. Plaid comes in an almost endless variety of colors and patterns from Ivy League prints and lumberjack buffalo checks. Flannel is a versatile print that can be styled dressy or casual, depending on the look you are trying to achieve. In addition to its adoration in fashion, plaid has immense popularity in home décor and bedding.
While plaid and flannel are in fact different, the two do have one thing in common: they are both popular trends that collaborate exceptionally well together. And the love for pairing the two isn’t declining anytime soon. From blazers and socks to pajamas and button-down shirts, it’s really no surprise that flannel and paid is a well-loved combination in apparel. What are some of your favorite flannel and plaid styles? Comment with your answers below. We are always looking for new inspiration!