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The Maine Farmer Look

Friday, March 9, 2012 11:59 PM

That's how J described this outfit this morning. I've been searching for a plaid flannel shirt for awhile. I really like outfits that pair them with items that are definitely not suited for farm work, like a black pencil skirt. To play up the contrast, I needed a flannel shirt that wouldn't look out of place on a lumberjack or other outdoorsman. But for months, all the shirts I came across were in garish shades of pink or lime green, or they had ruffles down the front or some such nonsense.

After months of searching, the other night I found this no-frills, buffalo plaid shirt, in one of my favorite color schemes, on the rack at the Goodwill by Maine Mall after work. It's a medium, in a brand I've never heard of, but I took it to the dressing room anyway. The fit is actually rather odd. The shoulders are just right on me, the sleeves are a bit too short and the torso is extremely baggy, way more roomy than even the relaxed fit that you'd want from a plaid flannel shirt. So I can't wear it hanging loose, but it looks good knotted, tucked or belted, and I figured that was enough variety to warrant bringing it home.

I'm trying to learn to take better photos with my iPhone, but these are the worst yet. Sorry.

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Flannel shirt, Timing (thrifted)
Black tank top, Target
Pencil skirt, The Limited (thrifted)
Houndstooth tights, Target
Black boots, Aerosoles

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