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Layering in Style

Layering is a styling technique. It’s an outfit made up of clothes over clothes, with each piece having a purpose of its own, but an essential part of the overall look. There are a few key things to remember when layering. If done incorrectly, you might resemble Randy who looks like a “tick about to pop” in “A Christmas Story.”

Layering Best Practices:

  • Layer the most lightweight, breathable garments closest to your body. Items made from cotton, linen or wool are a wonderful starting place.

  • Place heavier, more durable pieces on your exterior. Items such as coats, or heavyweight sweaters such as cable cardigans.

  • Texture variation is critical to avoid a dull look, especially when putting together a monochromatic look.

  • If you are a lover of color, place your most saturated or dramatic color or pattern on the outside.

  • If you prefer a muted palette, place the bolder colors and patterns under a softer jacket, sweater or sport coat.

  • If you want to be really daring and try mixing patterns, place the smaller-scale pattern closest to your body.

Owning the essential items outlined in our Essential Wardrobe article will allow you to easily combine different textures and colors when selecting your style for the day.

Layering Examples:

The layered style you choose should reflect how you want to feel, what you have planned, and what you want to accomplish.

If you have a day full of meetings, choose a layered outfit that makes you feel confident. Like a tucked-in custom shirt, a lightweight merino sweater and navy or patterned sports coat or suit.

If your day requires a lot of movement, choose an outfit that is versatile and comfortable, such as a pair of 4-way stretch trousers with an Alan Paine quilted vest over a long-sleeve performance button-down.

And if you’re looking forward to a fun and sexy date night, choose something that’s easy to take off :)

When you have a curated wardrobe, selecting the right garments for the day is easy. Layering allows you to remove or add layers as temperatures change, giving you a fresh new look for each environment you find yourself in. Each layer shows the world exactly who you are.

“Imagine that you are a masterpiece unfolding every second of every day, a work of art taking form with every breath.” -Thomas Crum

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