With the beginning of September upon us, most people across the US are starting to think about fall, whether it be the upcoming holiday plans, when they will have their first taste of pumpkin anything, or what they will need for their fall wardrobe. Even here in Arizona, we're thinking about fall in a drooling sort of way - for us it means only four more weeks at the mercy of the desert's relentless heat, hooray!
A number of styles are playing a huge role this coming fall / winter season and plaid is one of them. Plaid prints and bold checks from seasons past are not going anywhere. It is my theory that the buffalo check is the continuation and grown up version if you will, of gingham!
A plaid flannel shirt is something I've been after for a long time on account of it's popularity and seemingly cosy easy to wear style. There are so many variations out there I've just never been able to settle on one. Some are so expensive I often wonder what a lumberjack would make of his shirt being sold in a high end designer store for two or three hundred dollars!
The black and white buffalo check seemed the obvious choice given the concerns I had with other color schemes and the restrictions that would impose on versatility.
Wearing a flannel shirt over a camisole or tee turns it into a cosy cover up or lightweight jacket/cardigan. It can be worn as the outfit mainstay or taken off when the extra warmth is no longer a requirement. Consider this an option with jeans, shorts or skinny pants and plimsolls (British for sneakers). The buffalo plaid is a casual style and youthful for sure, but still classic enough for us midlife ladies, especially since it's been around since 1850!
If you're serious about taking your lumberjack shirt to the party, then this is where the black and white buffalo plaid is the best option. It's sharp, crisp and easy to put with dressier pieces like a fancy handbag and a pair of killer heels. I always think of stilettos as "killer heels" since I saw the movie Atomic Blonde. Check out my movie review on Atomic Blonde to find out why!
The reason I settled on this shirt was because I think even a lumberjack would be impressed with the price! It has the look and feel of expensive brands but is only $17.99 from H&M. It's very soft, hangs to the hips, and if you wanted a more tailored look, you could have a couple of darts sewn into the back. I personally like the looser fit, because it allows me to wear it over a tee shirt if necessary.
As always, I pay close attention to how things come through the wash process. This did not disappoint. The colors stayed bright and required just a light press having been through a warm gentle wash cycle, and a low heat drying cycle.
There are so many ways to enjoy this shirt come the fall, here are a few other combinations I will try out in the not too distant future. The possibilities are endless!
So if you're Scottish and have a family tartan associated with your ancestry, you're probably obliged to stick to that particular plaid, then you can ignore this message. For all other persons, I highly recommend the buffalo plaid flannel shirt as a wardrobe staple for this coming fall and winter. I think you will find the investment a worthy one, plus if you ever feel the urge, you could also take a job as a lumberjack! Just giving you options!
Wishing you a wonderful fun filled long weekend, and thank you for stopping by!
Karen Serino is a life and style blogger, sharing fashion, fitness and fun for youthful women in their forties, fifties and beyond.
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