Editor Note: Layering is maybe one of the most important skills (yes skills) you can learn if you want to be considered a fashionable male. In my eyes it is the KEY to fashion – once you have layering down then you will continue to produce high quality outfits on a consistent basis. My look books show how to do this with specific items, but Lee has come up with some great basic tips for you all to follow below. It took me a long time to get layering down, but as you experiment you learn what works and what doesn’t – I still learn and try out new things each and every week – with mixed effects I might add! This is the first step of your journey into the fashion elite so I hope you enjoy this article and all get something out of it. Ben
One common trend that hit the catwalk this autumn/winter is layering. It can be seen across many of the designers shows and works well with both casual and formal styles. A big plus with layering around this cold time of the year is that with multiple layers you can still stay warm whilst still showing your personal style and defining a ‘look’. You do not just create your standard outfit and throw on a big winter coat over the top to keep you warm. Layering is a great way to combine your favourite pieces this season yet still wear something that’s comfortable and flexible. It’s also very practical, you can simply add an extra layer in the morning when you are off out to start the day, but just as easy remove a layer or two as the day warms up or you are back indoors.
I have noticed this trend getting more and more popular as we go further into winter and it looks great when executed correctly. However I have seen guys going far too over the top with it and although they might be warm, they don’t look good. So before you start layering up everything in your wardrobe, here are some tips to help you on your way.
For example: If you have a thin plain white cotton t-shirt on with a military style cardigan and a great trench coat over the top it would look great altogether and hit that Military trend you are going for. You may even have the military boots on and slim dark jeans to really ram the outfit home. You look and feel amazing because it works. Now if you lost the jacket and knitwear indoors because they have the heating on, you now looked like a guy in plain t-shirt, jeans and boots. The whole identity of your outfit has gone. This would never of happened if you had simply started with a great thin white military style shirt or even a khaki polo shirt (military colours). Each layer should just reinforce the look you are going for.
Below are a few looks that we’ve put together to give you some ideas on layering and to get you started. These use a variety of pieces from vests to shirts to gilets (the horror!) and jackets, just to give you an idea of how layers can sit on top of each other.
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