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Refresh the Old Flannel Shirt Hanging in Your Closet With These 9 Tricks

"What, this old thing? I've had it for years."

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The flannel shirt is a closet staple. It’s my default shirt for fall—I wear it unbuttoned over a T-shirt, or buttoned-up and tucked into jeans. (And if you’re anything like my boyfriend, you'll have about 20 flannels that are all somehow from J.Crew.) But, truth be told, I’m a bit bored with these looks. So I did a little street style scouring and found nine fresh ways to rework the flannel. Pick your favorite outfit below and start wearing it…tomorrow!

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1 Dress Up an Oversize Flannel With a Denim Skirt
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The my-clothes-look-too-big-on-me factor in this outfit is precisely why I love it so much. It's not your prim and proper outfit, but still feels fashionable because of items like your slide-on booties and polka dot Hayward handbag. Baggy can be stylish. Give this easy untucked ensemble a try when you're not in an outfit-making mood and would rather be in pajamas.

Shop the pieces: 1. AMIRI flannel shirt, $281; 2. Raey denim skirt, $157; 3. Hayward chain bag, $510; 4. Dr. Martens boots, $190

2 Style a Flannel Underneath a Dress
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We tend to think of flannels as either a shirt we wear alone or over something. Flip this thought on its head and instead, rock it underneath a leather dress like fashion influencer Veronica Ferraro did. The unexpected combo feels fresh and edgy, especially if you get a hold of this skintight Alexander Wang minidress. Add some color with Jacquemus' "Le Riviera" bag in a tangerine color and complete with PVC strap heels.

Shop the pieces: 1. Grayson shirt, $158; 2. Alexander Wang leather dress, $1,495; 3. Jacquemus shoulder bag, $535; 4. Schutz mules, $170

3 Half Tuck Your Flannel
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The oversize flannel embodies the coziness of your boyfriend’s, but fits properly around your shoulders and arms. Rather than pairing this top with jeans, wear it with a pair of joggers. Not only are they loose-fitting (elastic waistband we meet again) and therefore more comfortable, but they also imbue your outfit with a semi-sporty vibe. Give your sneakers a rest and wear a kitten mule for an even more fashion-forward look.

Shop the pieces: 1. R13 shirt, $495; 2. Champion sweats, $40; 3. Valentino shoulder bag, $1,875; 4. Nisolo mule, $150

4 Rock Your Flannel With Corduroy Pants
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Did you hear? Corduroy pants are back and they make for an easy upgrade to your standard jeans-and-flannel combo. This fashionista paired her flannel with camel-colored bottoms and accessorized with pops of yellow to continue the golden vibes. A white mule with a low block heel makes this outfit look chic and modern, not frumpy and dated.

Shop the pieces: 1. IRO flannel, $232; 2. Levi's corduroy pants, $98; 3. Polaroid eyewear, $65; 4. Marni handbag, $2,250; 5. Loewe pumps, $950

5 Layer Your Flannel
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Unlike bulky wool sweaters, flannels are optimized for layering. This street style star nailed the look when she wore her flannel over a graphic pullover, then added a leather jacket with a furry trim on top. To keep the layers from overwhelming her figure, she made sure the jacket hit right at the hips while the flannel peeked out just a tad. Trendy elements like blue sunglasses and a unique pair of boots give this outfit an A-plus in fashion.

Shop the pieces: 1. Blanc Noir leather jacket, $249; 2. Anine Bing top, $169; 3. IRO flannel, $465; 4. Madewell white jeans, $77; 5. Saint Laurent sunglasses, $405; 6. Zara boots, $199

6 Dress Up Your Flannel With a Skirt
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Flannel and jeans? Predictable. Flannel and skirt? Unexpected. Wear your shirt as you would any button-down and tuck it into a pencil skirt or a flared a-line skirt like the one Miryam Labiad’s wearing. The combination makes your casual flannel look fancy, but the business-appropriate look is less stuffy than when you’re wearing a stark white button-down. Tie the look together with a red boot (to match your red flannel) and sunglasses, then stroll into the office like a boss babe.

Shop the pieces: 1. Madewell flannel shirt, $80; 2. H&M pleated skirt, $30; 3. Bottega Veneta sunglasses, $440; 4. Fendi booties, $1,150

7 Style Your Flannel With a Varsity Jacket
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I didn't play sports in high school or college, so I missed out on the whole varsity jacket business. Luckily for me, though, brands like Off-White have created their own enviable versions to shop. And the first thing I'll wear with the outerwear is a flannel. This combo isn't intuitive, but after seeing it on blogger Alexandra Lapp (pictured above), I'm convinced the pairing works. To give this outfit a bit of edge, wear with a pair of heeled combat boots.

Shop the pieces: 1. Off-White bomber jacket, $2,480; 2. Faith Connection flannel, $333; 3. AG skinny jeans, $151; 4. Alexandre Birman, $895

8 Wrap Your Flannel Around Your Waist
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This is the type of outfit you see and think, "I could have done that." And, it’s true. The ensemble consists of just three pieces: a minimalist T-shirt, a flannel of your choice, and a pair of crop flared jeans. (You could also tie the flannel over a dress, leather pants, the options are endless!) Now, you might think wrapping a shirt around your waist is so middle school, but it’s approved by both street style stars and models. The fashion trick is not only practical when the weather is fickle, but it also adds a stylish element to your outfit. If you become cold, simply unwrap the flannel from your waist and throw it on.

Shop the pieces: 1. Closed flannel shirt, $190; 2. Ninety Percent white t-shirt, $65; 3. Mother crop jeans, $205; 4. Ganni beanie, $100; 5. Mother socks, $43; 6. Adidas sneakers, $80

9 Wear a Turtleneck Under Your Flannel
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Don't underestimate the geniusness of layering thin shirts underneath your flannels. Leave a few buttons undone so your turtleneck can peek through. (You'll also be warmer!) For some subtle edginess, slip into a pair of leather pants. Add trendy elements like dad sneakers and a designer bag to make your outfit worthy of a street style photo.

Shop the pieces: 1. Bellerose flannel shirt, $126; 2. Banana Republic sweater, $89.50; 3. Munthe leather pants, $560; 4. Valentino bag, $2,295; 5. Ash sneakers, $275


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