Flannel Shirts – Is the Grunge Scene is Making a Comeback?

The flannel shirt is coming back in style. There will be plenty of people wearing their old favorite flannel shirts and sporting them with style and comfort.

The answer is sadly no. The grunge scene is not making a comeback, however flannel shirts are! Typically for the grunge scene clothing, flannel shirts were worn tied around the waist. Once they have been worn out, they do not really provide any warmth at all. The new fashion is wearing flannel shirts worn as an actual shirt and not an accessory as the people who were into the grunge scene wore them.

When Can I Wear a Flannel Shirt?

Flannel shirts are warm and no matter what climate or area you find yourself in, they make something snug that you can slip into when you need to warm up just a bit. They are also awesome when you are having to wear several layers in the winter and need something that will be soft against the skin and help hold the body’s natural warmth. Many people looking to buy flannel shirts seek the comfort of a warm blanket while maintaining a rugged look. Do not get a cheap flannel shirt at the best price and expect the product to withstand time. You can get discounted used flannel shirts at secondhand stores online or local merchants. Expect to find many affordable and bargain flannel shirts.

Flannel Shirt Materials and Fabrics

Flannel shirts are available in a variety of different colors, so no matter who you are, or what you are into, you can find a flannel shirt that is comfortable as well as fashionable for you. Since flannel is such a warm and thick material, it is versatile for any cool season. However because of the way the material is made, it doesn’t suffocate your skin like many heavy winter fabrics, though it still gives you the warmth an comfort. Also, many times people find fabrics like wool very scratchy or itchy. Flannel doesn’t give you this uncomfortable feeling. It’s more like wrapping up in a warm blanket.

Aging or Making Your Flannel Shirt Look Old

New flannel shirts can be uncomfortable because of its stiffness. These shirts are meant to be a bit thicker than normal shirts but the thickest of the fabric is a hindrance if you like it loose. Aging the shirt artificially is sometimes desirable. Here are some instructions on how to make your shirt look old, worn or thinner.

  1. Start by soaking the shirt in some hot water.
  2. Squeeze the shirt out as dry as possible. Make sure to wring out every drop.
  3. Soak the shirt in some acidic solution of lemon juice, apple vinegar or bleach. (For the extreme worn look, you can use some fine grit sandpaper before soaking.)
  4. Wash the shirt using the hot water setting in your washing machine.
  5. Finally dry the flannel shirt in your dryer. The more lint that is trapped, the older it will appear. Repeat until you get the desired results.
  6. Try this with your least favorite shirt first to see how it reacts to the material.

It’s great that flannel is coming back in style, there is going to be plenty of people who will be happy to pull their old favorite flannel shirts out of the closet and sport them once again in style and comfort. However, even though the grunge look isn’t coming back in style, don’t be surprised if you see the 90’s grunge fan tying their old flannels around their waist once more to try to bring the old grunge fashion back.