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A Layering

Layering. In our opinion, it's the greatest benefit to this time of year. On warmer days, it allows you to go without any outerwear. And when the cold really bites, the layers keep you free from frostbite, without gearing up for an arctic expedition. And the real beauty? Should you get too hot, you can always peel something off without losing much style. But it's a subtle skill, so here's where to start.

Respect the Order

The key to layering is to start with the softest layer and work your way out to the most durable. Begin with a light undershirt, add a top shirt, then build up. Add a vest in a suiting fabric, or maybe a wool cardigan and then finish with some weather-resistant outerwear.  That way, nothing is too bulky and the progression makes sense.

Contrast is Key

Mix your fabrics, textures and colors. Bold sweaters (be it graphics like Fair Isle or bright cable knits in shades like mustard or cerulean) aren't so shocking when they merely peek out from under a jacket. And when worn with a shirt and tie,  the look is downright dignified. On the other hand, a chunky cardigan looks relaxed when teamed with a  striped Tee.

The High/Low Mix

Speaking of contrast, this is the perfect opportunity to work casual pieces in with more formal items. A crewneck sweatshirt is an ideal piece to layer over a shirt and tie, paired with a blazer. Wear your beat-up jeans under a nice shawl collar cardigan with some dress shoes. Or knot up your best silk knit tie with a plaid flannel shirt.

The No-Brainer

Without a doubt, the easiest piece to work into any outfit is a vest. From down-filled puffer vests and tweed waistcoats to knit sweater vests, they add texture and color without compromising any comfort. Under a blazer, a denim jacket or even a military coat—a vest just works.

Get It

Striped oxford cloth shirt, $115 by Gant Rugger; silk knit tie, $15 by The Tie Bar; navy wool cardigan, $235 by A.P.C.; vintage denim Trucker jacket, similar styles $78 by Levi's; and Soft Core wool vest, $225 by Outlier




A Layering








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