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|14 Jun|3 mins

A Guy's Guide to Layering in Winter

Trust us, you’ll want this skill up your sleeve...
Rebecca Hooton
14 Jun
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You’d be surprised how much the subtle art of putting an outfit together can take you from average Joe status to the calibre of Ryan Reynolds, Zayn Malik, David Beckham and the like. If you look at their style, there’s nothing overly flashy about it (with the exception of Zayn’s printed shirt obsession and occasional pop of colour) yet they always manage to win best-dressed. So how can we compete? The trick is in the layers. You don’t need a whole new wardrobe, you can easily work with the staples you already have and build up from there. Here’s how...

Advice
|14 Jun|3 mins

A Guy's Guide to Layering in Winter

Trust us, you’ll want this skill up your sleeve...
Rebecca Hooton
14 Jun
Share:

You’d be surprised how much the subtle art of putting an outfit together can take you from average Joe status to the calibre of Ryan Reynolds, Zayn Malik, David Beckham and the like. If you look at their style, there’s nothing overly flashy about it (with the exception of Zayn’s printed shirt obsession and occasional pop of colour) yet they always manage to win best-dressed. So how can we compete? The trick is in the layers. You don’t need a whole new wardrobe, you can easily work with the staples you already have and build up from there. Here’s how...

The magic of three

It’s the max number of drinks you should *try* to limit yourself to at a work function and the minimum number of layers you want to have visible at one time. We’re talking winter top layers here so start with a cotton tee, add a collared shirt and a light knit and then all you need to finish is a good coat. Add accessories like a scarf, sure, but more than that and you start looking like a stuffed sausage.

Different textures

It’s like a meal - it’s boring if it’s all one texture. Just like you need the crunch of a pickle and ooze of some mustard to really make a burger magical, you need variety in your layers. Mix up the prints, fabrics and feel for a visual feast - think a polo shirt layered with a denim jacket and a suede jacket over that.

Keep it neat

A whole lot of layers can end up looking like one big mess. Do a quick scan of your outfit once it’s on and tidy any loose ends. Tuck your shirt in if it pokes out, roll pant cuffs neatly if they’re too long, and loosen a few shirt buttons if you’re starting to look like a stuffed sausage. Keep it all pretty contained - and save the rough edges for your chin. A little stubble won’t go astray.

Layer by weight and fit

Remember, start with the thinnest and lightest layers and work your way up, leaving the thickest and heaviest last. Same goes for fit - keep snug-fitting layers close to your body where they belong. Visible lumps and bumps of a loose shirt under a tight sweater is not a good look so sacrifice the knit for a thicker overshirt and throw a sherpa coat on top.

Colours and print

It’s easiest to keep the tones in the same family. So you might have varying shades of blue teamed with greys and blacks, and earthy tones like beige and browns matched with forest greens or a pop of red. If you’re playing with prints, your other layers should be simple block colours in complementing tones - only attempt to clash prints if you’ve got the confidence to pull it off.

Rebecca Hooton
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