Clothes of the Eighties, Flannel shirts
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Sex: male/female
Type of clothing: Flannel shirts
When it was popular: 1984-1988?
Description: Flannel shirts were worn over a tshirt, usually your favorite concert shirt. It was always 'cool' for the girls to wear one of their boyfriend's flannels with the sleeves rolled up.
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Shelly - October 25, 2007 - Report this comment
I remember all my girlfriends being pretty jealous. My dad wore flannel shirts for work, so I had an extensive wardrobe of every flannel color you could get!
James - June 07, 2008 - Report this comment
Flannel shirts changed my life..... Those were good times.
Angela - January 17, 2009 - Report this comment
I lived in the Midwest so maybe we just got things a little later...but I recall flannel shirts as a very 90's fad. I started wearing mine in 1990 and it was mostly just the skaters, artsy kids, and heavy metal types wearing them then...but by 1992 they were HUGE among all crowds at my school and continued to be popular until I graduated high school in '95. I remember hip hop/rap fans favored the larger flannels that were more padded and baggy, while indie rock kids were into the very thin, threadbare smaller versions including Western button flannels.
Erics923 - January 21, 2009 - Report this comment
I wear flannel shirts i nthe winte.r I have so many. That's all I wear i nthe winte.r
Jt62786 - January 21, 2009 - Report this comment
My boyfriend got a purpel one for me for Christmas. That's the only flannel I have.
Aly - April 25, 2009 - Report this comment
Im 16 and I LOVE flannel shirts, my dad also wears them a lot so I get all of his old ones with rips and tears in them, which only makes the shirts THAT much cooler :) They're all really big on me though, and although I like a grungy style, I also like a girly style and Id like some ideas for how to maybe sew or alter the shirts to make them a little more girly, if you have any ideas Id LOVE to hear them @
guy - May 03, 2009 - Report this comment
A lot of skaters are now bringing flannel back in. i see skateboarders wearing flannel all the time, theyre starting a new trend. by the looks of it, flannel is back in for teens.
Jan Griffiths - February 13, 2010 - Report this comment
Have a bunch of these. They are so comfortable and warm. Very popular with grunge rockers aas well as skaters.
Chris W - January 23, 2011 - Report this comment
We wore flannel shirts back in the early 80's, East coast, usually with a t-shirt or concert t-shirt underneath. Unbuttoned, not tucked in with jeans and boots...
Angie - August 30, 2015 - Report this comment
I used to wear fishnets, cut off denim shorts with the "washing machine fringe", my combat boots and topped it off with a flannel. Went to a Marilyn Manson and Smashing Pumpkins concert a month back, wore almost exactly the same. I will never change. No wonder I can't find another job!
Makayla Kelli - September 07, 2015 - Report this comment
I have to dress up for decades day at school. I practically live in flannels so this is easy. Were suspenders and Vans trendy iin the 80s? Help!
Bork - April 04, 2017 - Report this comment
Flannel was soooo 80s, but didn't decline until the late 90s. Skaters, punks, rockers, and art school kids all wore them, and when it was too hot, we'd just tie them around our waste. This is where the 90s style originated (grunge banks, btw, were all kids who were teens in the 80s).
Bork - April 04, 2017 - Report this comment
Erm, there's no way to fix my typos. *waist *bands
Bork - April 04, 2017 - Report this comment
Apologies for commenting again, but I wanted to add that in the second half of the 80s, when I was in high school, we generally wore striped and graphic t-shirts from thrift stores under our flannels, as well as the obligatory surf and skate tees. The rockers wore their Metallica and Slayer shirts under their flannels.
Johnny - April 19, 2018 - Report this comment
So cool to find this site. I Like to keep it classic as well with pressed flannels in the Fall, and chambray work-type shirts in the Spring.
morinellus - January 07, 2022 - Report this comment
As a little boy I hated buttoned tops such as shirts and polos, whereas my favored tops were turtlenecks. Those I regarded as something of my own, other than buttons which belonged to a strange world that was possibly stronger, as I was often compelled to wear a button-up shirt or a polo. Those times (late 60s) it was fashionable in boys and men to wear a shirt or a long-sleeved polo sweater on top of a turtleneck (the latter often buttoned all the way up), and whenever I saw such a combo, I felt a strange kind of pain: poor turtleneck! Only by the beginning of my teenager years I realized that seeing a male person with a turtleneck under his shirt turned me on, especially when it was a flannel shirt which highlighted his virility, and seemed to dominate the "poor" turtleneck even more than another shirt, and the more it was buttoned up, the more it turned me on: A fetish was born. From that time on I agreed to wear shirts, and it was a great feeling when I first buttoned one up on top of a turtleneck. Since then fashions have changed many times; I enjoyed the late 80s and the 90s, when both turtlenecks and flannel shirts came up again, including the layering of the two. Through much of the last two decades I seemed to be the one one left wearing that combo, but in the last few winters I have seen it in many men's fashion catalogs: "Powerful" plaid flannel shirts are shown on the models with turtlenecks underneath, sometimes with the turtleneck peeking out from the buttoned up shirt collar, or even barely visible, which turns me on greatly and encourages me to wear it the same way.

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