What We Wear
I was just telling a friend this week that, even though I live in oversized flannel in the comfort of my own home, I very rarely wear it outside the house. We were trying to figure out why that is and it occurred to me that part of the reason is that it can read very casual.
While I would say my style is casual, it doesn’t typically occupy an athleisure or loungewear category. In both my previous work and in my current school environment it was/is important for me to feel that I can command some sense of authority or respect, whether acting as manager or asking my professor a question after class. While it’s not fair at all that clothing contributes to receiving and giving respect, it’s still a reality in our culture that what we wear tends to imply something about who we are.
And so, it’s nice to have items in my closet that straddle the line between comfort and “professional” wear.
I rarely feature Tradlands just because their price point can feel very inaccessible to the standard shopper. This, too, is an unfortunate reality about the world: high quality fabrication and ethical production is more expensive than what you find at your average Target.
But the reason I chose the flannel in particular is because it avoids all trend-driven silhouettes and features and the fabric quality is LUXE. Made with a tightly woven, 100% cotton brushed flannel, ample buttons to avoid boob gap, fully lined in houndstooth accent fabric, and responsibility made in China, it is tailored just a little bit for a flattering fit, without cumbersome pleats.
I always need to size up from my standard size in Tradlands, so I’m wearing a Medium in the flannel, which fits beautifully through the body with a tighter fit across the arms. In fact, I would say buy this for the arm fit rather than the body, because that’s where most of the close tailoring is. Tradlands clothing comes in size XXS-XXL.
It was 35 degrees when I took these photos, and with a long sleeve ribbed tee layered underneath, I wasn’t very cold, which tells me this flannel has great insulating qualities.