Layering is somewhat of an essential as the winter draws in, the days get colder and shorter and the weather is rather temperamental. The numerous textures, styles and materials that can be combined allow you to prepare for almost any circumstance, however, this also opens up a whole new world of possible disasters and as we have seen on countless occasions some men just don’t get it right.
Essentially layering is no more than combining your clothes so that it protects you and keeps you warm, allows you to move and is aesthetically pleasing. It tends to be the last part that most people get wrong.
Layering is not only a practical solution in the winter, but also an extremely stylish way to create an eye-catching outfit. With a huge array of colours, textures, materials and styles we have an amazing opportunity to create a striking outfit every time we set foot out the door. Here we have outlined the most essential and versatile pieces to help you layer up with ease this season.
The overshirt is a great layering piece that is a cross between a shirt and a jacket. Generally these items will be made from slightly thicker materials to fend you from the winter chills, but still retain a good slim fit shape in the body.
Style tip: Team up an overshirt with a simple crew neck tee on mild occasions when the overshirt can be worn undone or fastened as the day gets colder. When the winter kicks in you can opt to team this up with a tee and a lighter shirt underneath.
G-Star Raven Rovic Overshirt Jacket – £46.95
The gilet can be a very effective layering piece when carefully selected. To ensure that you get this look right you need to consider the size. If the gilet is too chunky then you can have a tendency to look like the Michelin man. If you invest in an extremely tight gilet then you will have no chance of fitting anything underneath.
These days gilets have started to get the perfect combination between fit and size of padding and therefore you can find a number of aesthetically pleasing gilets that can be combined with a number of outfits.
The key here is to mix up fabrics and colours. Add some texture to your outfit and contrast the fabric with what you are wearing. This way you will make it standout and add some flair to your look.
Scotch & Soda Rust Quilted Wool Body Warmer – £159.95
Unless you are a Danish lumberjack with a rugged ginger beard carrying an axe most men cannot get away with wearing just a flannel shirt on its own buttoned to the top. Therefore, this fashion stalwart was purely designed for layering.
The dense thick material of a flannel shirt means that until the frost starts to settle on the ground you can get away with wearing this over a tee with a few buttons undone. But when the snow does start to settle the flannel shirt is perfect underneath a jacket that is undone with a few buttons left open to reveal the tee underneath.
Superdry Hudson Black Check Lumberjack Shirt – £39.95
Not so long ago the hoodie was an item that could only be seen on an adolescent teen and was making the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Today, the hoodie has grown to become a key piece of menswear.
When the colours are kept neutral the hoodie can be utilised underneath a leather jacket, a wool overcoat or even underneath a suit jacket for casual days into the office.
Levi’s Grey Heather Original Zip Hoodie – £54.95
Potentially one of the oldest and most versatile items in any mans wardrobe is the denim jacket. First curated by Levis back in the 1880’s the denim jacket has gone on to be a favourite ever since.
Throughout the summer we see an array of denim jackets and then they seem to go into hiding. However, a denim jacket provides an excellent mid layer that is a good contrast to other fabrics and colours. The denim jacket can be teamed with flannels, tees, hoodies or shirts and no doubt there are an array of other options. If you haven’t already purchased one, we suggest investing in one of these now.
Levi’s Stonebridge Trucker Jacket – £84.95
There is our guide of essential layering items, for more options for your wardrobe this winter head over to Standout.