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How to Style a Men's Flannel Button-Down

There's something about men's flannel shirts that gives them a timeless appeal that never goes out of style. Durable, cozy, attractive, easy to care for and highly versatile, a flannel shirt that fits just right is a closet staple year-round. Looking for ways to wear it so you can make it even more versatile? Here are our favorite ways to style a flannel button-down to make it work for almost any occasion:

Plain or Plaid

Although plaid is what most people associate with flannel, the shirts' signature soft fabric also comes in solid colors. This can make it look even like a men's dress shirt if worn properly. What's proper? Think form-fitting black dress pants or khakis. You'll also want some nice leather dress shoes and funky socks for just a little bit of color.

Wear It Over Your Favorite Concert T-Shirt

It might be paper-thin after years of wear and tear, it may also have a few little holes in it, but it's a part of you. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't wear your favorite concert shirt. If you throw a flannel over it, nobody has to know how “lived in” is your Van Halen shirt. You don't even have to button it up. Just let it peek through a bit to show your musical loyalty.

To Tuck or Not to Tuck

Some looks never go out of style, and there's nothing wrong tucking in your shirt. If you're going to tuck in your button-down flannel, you can either keep the whole thing buttoned up to the neck or unbutton the top two buttons and then simply tuck it into a pair of men's jeans during any season or corduroy pants during fall and winter. Just don't forget the belt, and make sure it matches the shoes.

Roll Up Those Sleeves

It might seem obvious, but rolling up the sleeves to your flannel can not only be more comfortable and offer a more casual look, but it can also help you show off your timepiece. Loosen those cuffs and roll them up to just below your elbows. One great thing about flannel is that it doesn't even wrinkle, so you can roll and unroll it all day long.

Match It with the Right Pants

Wearing a flannel button-down with men's corduroy pants is perfectly acceptable during wintertime, but absolutely not during the summer months. Likewise, you wouldn't wear lightweight khaki pants during a Wisconsin winter. Sometimes it is more about the timing than it is about the entire look. Choose the right pants for the season, and more than anything, make sure you feel confident and comfortable. That's what flannel's all about.

Wear It Under a Vest

Worn under a solid-colored quilted or fleece vest this is where flannel button-downs perhaps do their best work. Granted, it doesn't quite work during the summer months, but it's a great look for spring and fall, or any time there's a bit of chill in the air but not cold enough for a winter coat.

Dress in Layers

Especially in autumn, layers are the norm. However, that doesn't mean you have to layer a flannel according to normal standards. Wear it under a form-fitting, shorter sweater, wear it over another long-sleeved-shirt with the cuffs rolled up, or even wear it over another flannel. Of course, you can wrap it around your waist when it gets too warm as well.

Choose the Right Shoes

Yes, a flannel shirt can be worn with practically any type of shoe, but keep in mind that opposites attract, so your favorite sneakers may feel good, but might not be doing your favorite comfy flannel any justice. Ironically, dressy leather shoes look great with flannel button-downs, and so do leather sandals. Don't forget about leather ankle boots. Pair those with some rolled up jeans with your flannel tucked in.

Wear It Under a Sweater

There's something nice about a simple, plain sweater, but it could use a little help now and then. Flannels look great under a V-neck or a men's cardigan sweater as it looks a little less stuffy and formal. It can look especially put together when worn under a blazer and tucked into jeans or dress pants with a belt.

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