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How to Layer your Clothes

Posted on September 15 2018

As we wave a rueful goodbye to summer and embrace the chill of autumn we find our wardrobes in something of a flux. Whilst temperatures might not reach the heights of summer, they’re not going to drop to the bitterness of the winter just yet.

 

So, what do you wear that will keep you cool without overheating? The answer is layering. It might seem like a simple option to throw a shirt over a t-shirt and call it ‘job done’ but the process can be much harder. Nobody wants to go out looking like a clotheshorse or like their indecision has led to them throwing on every item of clothing they have at the same time.

 

Here we take a look at how to layer to keep you suitably dressed for autumn.

 

Follow the Rules!

 

In general, the rule when layering is to put the thickest layer the furthest away from your body. For example, start with a t-shirt; move on to a shirt and then a jacket to complete the upper half. This same rule was also compatible with longer hems too, but the popularity of reverse layering, championed by the likes of Kanye West, has somewhat bucked this trend. Casual jackets are also becoming shorter, which adds to the difficulty of following this rule.

 

However, one rule you can bank on, is the significance of mixing textures. If you’re going to wear all plaid or linen, for example, it will look very strange. Instead mix these materials to get a harmonious look. This Armani t-shirt acts as the perfect base to any layering get-up.

 

Count your Layers

 

Just because you can’t see a layer, doesn’t mean it’s not there. If you’re wearing a jacket or blazer, consider the lining as a layer too. If it’s made from a man-made material, which can be impermeable, then it’s going to make things very hot in more temperate weather. Cotton and tweed can be very useful materials as they breathe with the body, allowing heat to escape.

 

A cotton linen mix material, such as this Remus Uomo item is ideal for wearing with jeans, chinos or with a smarter pair of trousers.

 

Find some Colour

 

As everyone knows, light colours are better for warmer weather and dark colours can soak up the heat. However, as we’re in a season that falls between these two ends of the spectrum, what is the best colour to go for? Also, when going for linen the temptation can be to go for a beige colour. This need not be the case as there are lots of other options available if you know where to look.

 

Go for something grey, green or this purple Remus linen jacket that will help add some vibrancy to your outfit.

 

Consider the Style of the Material

 

Coarser, matte-finish fabrics are generally better suited to a more relaxed outfit. Whereas a more structured construction of items such as jackets are better suited to formal events. It’s best to avoid mixing these two schools of thought.

 

For example this Lagerfeld cotton bomber jacket is perfect for a casual outfit but this John Victor Oxford shirt is better suited to a more formal outfit.