Tuesday, July 17, 2012

6 Rules of Layering

Layering is a great way to combine your favorite pieces and wear something comfortable and flexible while showcasing your sense of style. It's also very practical; you can slip on an extra layer in the morning when it's still crisp outside, remove it in the afternoon once it heats up, and then slip it back on when the temperature drops after sunset. But it can also be quite daunting: Every layer should align with the surrounding ones, but still be presentable enough to display alone if you need to shed a few.

Here are six basic guidelines to see you through layering properly.

1. Thinner clothes first
The first rule is straightforward and logical: the closer to your skin, the thinner the material. That said, make sure to start with items that are made from thinner fabrics such as a cotton T-shirt, dress shirt, or turtle-neck, and then layer them with heavier items such as a wool sweater, a corduroy blazer, or a leather jacket.

2. Keep it casual
Layering is best used for casual occasions and is generally not appropriate in more formal settings. Keep in mind, however, that a layered combo can include one or more classy pieces, such as a tailored blazer and a fine dress shirt.

3. Always feel comfortable
As a general rule, you shouldn't wear anything that feels uncomfortable. With that in mind, if you can't put your arms all the way down to your sides or scratch the back of your ear, then your layering combination is
most likely too thick, and therefore, far from trendy.

4. Mix in some color
Just because the mercury drops, it doesn't mean you have to put a freeze on your color selection. Black, brown, navy, and gray are all great fall/ winter colors, but so are lime green, purple, and fuchsia . . . well, at least when worn and combined properly. Brightly colored pieces make for excellent middle layers, peeping out from between more muted layers to give your outfit an intriguing flair. Be fearless and don't hesitate to spice up your look with a little color.

5. Be practical in layering
In general, you're better off wearing two or three thinner layers of clothing rather than one thick one—especially during fall, when the weather can fluctuate drastically.

6. Jacket not required
Last but not least, remember that layering does not necessarily include a jacket. A couple of thinner layers, a warm sweater, and a scarf will easily see you through a cool fall day.

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Sam said...

Great tips! If only more men paid attention to these small details.

July 30, 2012 at 2:28 AM

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