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There’s a lot to love about fall style—including the mysterious art of layering—but our favorite perk comes from the simplest item in our closet: the flannel shirt.

Granted, we’re in the midst of a full scale plaid overload, but for this, we’re willing to make an exception. As you can see from the latest Band of Outsiders offering, the checks might get a little larger this year, and the colors a little less flashy, but otherwise nothing’s changed. It’s warm, it’s utilitarian, and it’s classic enough to remain unchanged since the Eisenhower days without ever seeming retro.

Unis also makes a great fine-combed version for more formal occasions (or if you feel like throwing on a wool tie), but you can find some surprisingly handsome and surprisingly cheap items trolling through your local vintage shop. Good hunting.

—R.B.

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  • Russell Brandom