09/25/2014 07:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How To Wear Flannel Without Looking Sloppy

It’s time to break out our flannel shirts for maximum fall wear. But this year we’re retiring the leggings and button-down pair -- okay, maybe not entirely -- and amping up our beloved plaid shirt.

Instead of always feeling AND looking cozy, why not keep the comfy factor while looking a little more put-together?And you can really wear your flannel anywhere: to brunch, a cool concert and yes, even your 9-to-5 gig.

So, dig up a few flannels -- or buy a new one, we won’t judge -- and check out how versatile these shirts can actually be.

Say something and pair a flannel with a statement tee.
flannel statement

Band of Outsiders Plaid Boyfriend Shirt, Calvin Klein Mid-Rise Ocean Wash Leggings, Oui Mon Cherie Tee, Abercrombie & Fitch Superga Cotu Classic Sneaker, Leather Backpack (similar here); Photo courtesy:

Tuck it in for a refined silhouette.
flannel tuck in

UNIQLO Women Flannel Check Long Sleeve Shirt, Vero Moda Short Skater Skirt (similar here), SPANX High Waisted Tight End Tights, Ladies Knee High Grey Cashmere Socks, Saint Laurent Patent-Leather Mary Jane Pumps; Photo courtesy:

Make it work-appropriate with a chic cape and booties.
flannel work

Band Of Outsiders Cropped Sleeve Plaid Shirt, Ted Baker Vickiye Taupe Minimalist Cape Jacket, Jil Sander Skinny Trousers, Forever New Chantal Faux Pearl Cluster Necklace, Saint Laurent Leather Ankle Booties; Photo courtesy:

Break up a monochrome theme with the plaid pattern.
flannel mono

UNIQLO Women Flannel Check Long Sleeve Shirt, Nly Trend Jersey Maxi Playsuit, Alexander Wang 'Martine' Leather Buckle Chelsea Boots, Cruise Basic Wayfarer Sunglasses; Photo courtesy:

Dress up the button down with your favorite accessories -- like a hat!
flannel access

Band Of Outsiders Plaid Boyfriend Shirt, Free People Sunglasses (similar here), H&M Imitation Leather Trousers, Helen Kaminski Wool Felt Fedora, Dr. Martens 8 Eyelet Lace Up Boot; Photo Courtesy:

Layer it under a vest for extra warmth.
flannel vest

Madewell Flannel Ex-Boyfriend Shirt, ​Women's BlackRib Knit Cashmere Beanie, H&M Patent Platform Boots, Calvin Klein Skinny Black Wash Jeans, 3.1 Phillip Lim Leather Vest; Photo Courtesy:

Add a chunky scarf on a windy afternoon.
flannel chunky scarves

Band Of Outsiders Boyfriend Flannel, Infinity Scarf, Citizens Of Humanity Ripped Skinny Jeans, Office Cotton Chelsea Mid Heel; Photo Courtesy:

Tie it up with your favorite boyfriend jeans.
flannel boyfriends

H&M Flannel, J.Crew Women's Nike Blazer Mid Vintage Sneakers, Rag & Bone Skinny Capri Jean; Photo courtesy:

Go back to the classic tie-around-your-waist style.
flannel tie

Wang Printed Cotton Jersey T-Shirt (similar here), Dr. Martens 8-Tie Boot, Women's Cabin Retreat Plaid Flannel, J.Crew Dot Trouser Socks; Photo Courtesy:

On a warmer day, use a flannel as your coat.
flannel coat

Marc Jacobs Lip Gel (similar here), Steve Madden Raspy Leather Lace Up Ankle Boot, Sleeveless Maxi Dress, Vintage Black And White Pocket Flannel; Photo Courtesy:



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