RED Hearts: For the Love of Flannel

RED Hearts are guests posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today. RED Hearts will be posting every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday through February. Today's RED Hearts post is from Charlotte Steinway, 20, Paris, France, who pontificates on the many virtues of flannel:

Marilyn had wind-infused dresses, Madonna had conical bras, and Kurt Cobain had flannel. Lucky for Kurt, his 90s grunge-tastic songs and styles still rotate through today's hipsters' iPods and closets.

As a wannabe hipster, I am constantly looking for ways to incorporate flannel into my wardrobe. I have no problem with nabbing some cheap-o flannels from thrift stores and flea markets. Yet I hope to give off a more modern vibe, rather than rock a look that SCREAMS "Nevermind."

Through my trial and error thus far, the look seems largely versatile--pair a moderately-fitted flannel with some denim cutoffs and Vans and you've got the surfer/skater look from Dogtown and Z-Boys. An over-sized flannel with leggings and heels gives you a throwback to Mary-Kate & Ashley's shabby-chic clubbing get-up from last year. And I tried a big red and green plaid shirt with preppy accessories--large studs, slim jeans, and big bow headbands--for that perfect Gossip Girl-meets-Bob the Builder look I'm always after! (OK, I completely made that up. I've never tried to look like Bob the Builder. But hey, you get my point.)

As a native of Los Angeles, it came as no surprise that the other week, at Urth Caffé (which is, surprise surprise, MK & A's alleged fave restaurant), I found myself just one of many, standing amidst a virtual rainbow of large checkered-print shirts.

Currently, I'm in Paris studying for the semester. I had hoped to be an American original in my flannels. FALSE! Turns out, they're all the rage here too. In fact, I'm writing this from a room in which my host family had exactly three posters on the wall upon my arrival: Brigitte Bardot, James Dean, and lastly, Kurt Cobain. Nevermind.

RED Hearts guest poster Charlotte Steinway is an author of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today, which was recently published in paperback.

Photo by melody gates photography