Learn To Love The Layers

Categories Fashion


With winter still biting hard here’s how to keep warm and look cool…

1.What It Means

A pair of pants and a shirt? There’s your first layer. A jacket. That’s the second. A scarf. Number three. Jumper over the shirt. You’re up to four. It’s as simple as it sounds. But the key is to ensure you’re warm, comfortable, able to move, don’t look like the Michelin Man and can easily remove the layers when necessary without looking like a bulky breakdancer caught in an electric fence. Thinner layers work better.

2. Beyond The Basics

You want your layers to work together but also in isolation (with the obvious exceptions: undershirt, jacket, scarf). So the shirt should be able to be worn by itself. The jumper should work with the shirt and the jacket. The shirt and jacket should work together without the sweater. To ensure this you want to layer – as with all fashion – with an eye to colour, pattern, material and texture. Obviously as you add layers you also add the potential for a lot of different elements. Do it wrong and you’ll look like a harlequin. Pull it off and you’ll have an interesting look that says you really know your style.


3. Letting It Show & Length

With the exception of an undershirt, if you’re going to layer, then you should let the piece of clothing be visible. Otherwise, what’s the point? But it has to show the right way. Despite what you might see on the street with young dudes wearing T-shirts down to their thighs beneath jackets, there’s a rule with length and that is simply that the outer hem should be longer than the inner hem. So your shirt cuffs and tails shouldn’t poke out from beneath your sweater or jacket sleeves or hem.

4. Care With Colour

Remember the principle that says analogous colours – those that are neighbours on the colour wheel – work best together. Use that as your basis for most layering. Got a blue shirt? Try layering it with blue-violet or blue-green. However for stronger statements that ae still eye pleasing opt for complementary colours – those that are opposites on the colour wheel – such as orange/blue, green/red and yellow/purple. Don’t overdo the brighter or bolder colours. One or two is sufficient. Everything else should be more muted. Remember also that blacks and whites go with everything and can provide the contrast/framing you need to emphasise your colour choices.