Guide to Layering Clothes

Last updated: February 13, 2022

Layering is both practical and aesthetic, and you can use that to leverage your approach to really reflect your aesthetic. Those men who are kind of into style and fashion trends prefer fall and winter over spring and summer because they get to wear layers. With winter being just around the corner, these tips will come in handy for keeping you warm and looking stylish at the same time.

Rather than wearing just one big padded coat, why not get a bit creative and add some character to your fits by using items that you’ve already got to create layers? If that sounds good to you, keep scrolling to discover the ultimate guide on how to achieve perfect layering this winter.

Each layer has to work on its own

  • Remember that three layers are the sweet spot when trying to achieve the perfect layering. If you’re wearing a button-up shirt, a vest, and a jacket, you have to make sure that if you take the coat off, you still look good with just those two layers. Avoid adding more than three layers since you may feel bulky and uncomfortable.

Build your outfit from thin to thick

  • Start with your thinnest item, like a t-shirt, a Henley or a thin turtleneck and then build your outfit with thicker pieces as you work outwards. For your base layer, you want to be sure that it’s something soft and comfortable because it’s directly against your skin, and it’s going to have all those other layers packed on top of it. Go with something fitted because you don’t want any extra fabric under those layers getting bunchy and uncomfortable for you.

Keep a balance between the layers

  • Continue with a dark denim jacket, a shaket, a blazer, a knitted cardigan, or a lightweight wool V-neck sweater, all great layering pieces. In that case, you can easily add your third layer on top without looking bulky. Finish the look with a plaid sport coat, a peacoat, or a long puffer. The main rule of thumb that you want to keep in mind when it comes to layering is that you do not want the bottom hemline visible from anything except your outermost layer. Make sure each individual layer fits you well, as you may be adding and subtracting layers throughout the day.

 Mix in different patterns and textures wisely

  • This creates more interest visually, it helps break things up and separate the layers, and it helps to create that feeling of depth. For the base layer, start with a plaid or gingham, add a cashmere sweater as the second layer, and then add a quilted vest. You don’t have to worry about your items clashing together using primary colors. If you’ve got a lot of color and patterns going on, they’re more likely to clash, giving you a mismatched look.

Grab colors that easily complement each other 

  • Stick to a neutral color palette, including black, white, beige, tan, brown, grey. When it comes to layering your colors, keep them complementary. Go with a white shirt that’s the perfect blank canvas to build the rest of the outfit. Continue with a casual shirt that has a little bit of color or pattern or even both and keep the outer layers solid.