So apparently, the latest fad that’s made its way into our stores is none another than the bathroom essential washcloth… Well… maybe not… but as far as I’ve known, one would use a flannel to wash and cleanse thyself.
Well, according to the rest of the world (excluding the UK and New Zealand that is), a flannel is a soft woven fabric, of various fineness, it gains it’s softness through the loosely spun yarn it’s woven from, thus making it an essential item of clothing for yourself all year round (well for those of you brave enough to wear it in the sweltering summer heat, good luck).
Today, when it comes to clothing Flannelette is the preferred material as its lighter and imitates the texture of flannel, it also comes in an array of colours, solid and patterned. But because our compadres over on the other side of the Atlantic prefer not to use the word flannelette, it is commonly referred to as flannel.
Generally thought to be the fabric of woodsmen, lumberjacks, farmers and lesbians (yes i said lesbians, Wikipedia says so… so ha! lol), it is now commonly associated with street wear brands (most notably for their shirts) that successfully merges hip-hop and the skateboarding scene with the Californian lifestyle.
Below are a couple of hand picked flannels courtesy of Stylenerds:
The guys over at ASOS are always on point with the trends, so it’s no surprise that they have a couple of flannels to fluant,
You could be scouring Flatspot for hours with the amount of flannels they have to offer, but heres a couple that have caught my eye over the past few months,
If you still want a flannel but your thinking you’re going over your budget and you don’t mind sporting non-branded clothing, then head on over to your nearest Matalan store, were you can find this flannel for a bargain £6, this should surely suffice your recession-riddled buck.