Upstate New York has an abundance of farmland and breathtaking rural countryside. Colgate’s community is a conglomerate of students from cities from all over the world, and we are sometimes too busy with homework, extra-curriculars and of course choosing which outfit to wear to class to notice the beautiful, unique scenery surrounding us. Most of us would probably be shocked that some of our favorite fashion choices actually stem from generations of the rural farm workers here in the country.
While admiring this Fashionisto’s classic tartan flannel button-down on this unexpectedly warm afternoon, I started thinking about how the flannel shirt is one of the most popular fall and winter clothing items for both Fashionistas and Fashionistos. How does a top originally made out of carded wool, designed for lumberjacks and Welsh agricultural workers transform into a modern fashion staple? They first made their comeback tied-up and edgy during the 90’s grunge era, and then recently resurfaced in a more fitted form in hipster culture. They are a little rustic, a little rugged and encapsulate that “easy-to-throw-on” comfort that makes flannels the epitome of casual yet cool cold-weather attire.
Paired with the basics, jeans or cords and boat shoes or boots, and loosely rolled up at the sleeves, anyone can embrace that rural comfort while simultaneously rocking one of the trendiest pieces in today’s fashion world.