Winter in my opinion is the best fashion season. The cold weather is the perfect opportunity to wrap up, dig out the knitted jumper and layer up. The ability to wear multiple layers takes fashion to a new level and allows any outfit to be personalised. Throughout a majority of the year men wear one layer, a t-shirt, laying up fashion for the winter is easy as long as a few principles are followed.
Wearing multiple layers is a great way to control body temperature. Throughout the day you will go indoors and outdoors, through areas of different temperature. Layers can be removed one at a time as the temperature increases and put back on when it gets cold. Wearing multiple layers is also extremely fashionable. The ability to mix styles, colours and textures is an opportunity to display your personality and show your fashion. No longer are we the subject of a fashion designer, wearing a t-shirt as it was designed. We can now mix and match garments to create a style of our own.
If you are new to the techniques of layering we suggest starting with two or three layers. Begin with a t-shirt; this will be mostly covered so choose something basic, one or two colours is best. The key to layering is in selecting colours and textures that work together. Keeping the t-shirt plain makes this much easier later on. For the middle and outer layers it is best to stick with a single pattern, for example tartan, unless you have a keen eye it is best to pattern one layer, not both. You could have a bold striking pattern on your middle layer and then keep is plain on your outer or vice versa.
Think of layers as building in thickness, growing as they get further from the body. Thin t-shirt, medium thickness jumper and thick outer coat. Building layer thickness helps ensure that items sit right, it stops thin garments clinging and sticking to the bulky item below.
Select layers which you could wear independently but also work in harmony when together. One of the keys to layering is being able to adjust to suit your body temperature. Don’t be restricted, allow each item to work with or without the others.
GETTING IT RIGHT
- Select colours which work well together, generally start with your boldest colour and chose other garments which complement this. As a rule of thumb work with one bold colour and select other layers which are more neutral.
- Your outer hems should be longer than your inner hems. This is especially important for smarter wear, shirt hems should be hidden by the jumper that covers it.
- If you are styling a shirt, best practice is to keep your collar and cuffs sticking out from under your jumper.
- When styling a leather jacket keep your under layers dull. Leather jackets work best when they are the most prominent item. Either a jumper or t-shirt can be worn under the leather jacket and we suggest choosing either a grey, black or white under layer.
COLOURS THAT WORK
One of the biggest issues when it comes to layering clothes is knowing what colours to choose. We want colours which work well together and complement each other. There isn’t a clear formula for matching colours as the multitude of different tones makes it very difficult to match. As a general rule colours which are opposite each other on the colour wheel contrast and are usually the best to combine. The contrast of colours creates a balanced even look.
WHAT PATTERN TO WEAR
The right pattern is just as important as choosing a colour. Patterns are a great way to add some depth to an outfit but you want to be careful that multiple patterns don’t clash. If you aren’t confident with the combination of layers it is best to stick to one. For those with a keener eye combining multiple patterns can make an outfit more exciting and be more eye catching. The key to multiple patterns is to mix patterns rather than repeating the same one. I.e. if you have a pin striped shirt don’t then layer with a pin striped jumper.