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A Vintage Clothing Constant: The Fascination with Flannel

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Once thought to be a fabric worn only by woodsmen, lumberjacks, and farmers, flannel has taken the fashion world by storm on more than one occasion and is now a mainstay in vintage clothing shops and on the internet. The practical nature of the wool/cotton blend has made it one of the better selling clothing items in vintage stores and the popularity of it during the grunge years of the 1990s helped it to become a preferred choice for many members of the younger generation.

Flannel, which is also known as Flannelette in other parts of the world, has been around since the 1700s. It was often used for underclothing, nightwear, dresses, dressing gowns, and shirts. As the textile mills became more sophisticated in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, cotton and silk blends were introduced into the predominantly wool flannel products of the time and a new line of clothing was born.

Rockers, rappers, skateboarders, and yes, lumberjacks and farmers, all wear flannel today. The fabric is extremely durable which is no doubt why it is seen so often on vintage clothing sites. There are even clubs and membership organizations out there that require the wearing of flannel for admittance. What began as a practical wool fabric to keep Welsh farmers warm in winter has turned into a worldwide phenomenon that spans multiple generations of wearers.

Speaking of warmth, padded flannel shirts have become more common in recent years as the stereotypes of who can wear the plaid fabric disappear with its increasing popularity. Padded flannels and their non-padded counterparts can almost always be found on vintage clothing sites for far less than you will pay for them in a retail store. Flannel jackets and pajamas are also top sellers in the vintage market. If you haven’t worn flannel in the past, give it a try. It’s comfortable, affordable, and in style for more than one reason.

How many times have you gone out and bought the latest clothing styles only to see them go out of style in just a few years? Flannel has been a fashion constant for over a century. There’s no way you can go wrong buying it. It lasts longer than most other fabrics and it goes great with vintage clothing classic that never goes out of style: blue jeans. Add in a basic t-shirt and leather jacket and you’re dressed right for the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, or today.

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