- Zippered flannel jackets look a little more modern. They're practical, too. On chilly mornings you can zip them up higher around your neck for added warmth.
- Button-front jackets lend a more classic, outdoor look. It's a personal thing, but I think button-down styles pair up better with sweaters underneath than zippered designs, and you won't need to worry about snagging your sweater fabric.
- If you're looking for a more traditional/casual look, checked patterns are the way to go. Solid colors are a bit dressier looking.
- Regardless of pattern, stick to classic colors—red, green, grey, black and brown—for a great looking jacket you'll enjoy for years.