Fall Tip #4: The Art of Layering for Style and Warmth

In the sartorial world, we love winter. It’s a chance for us to add layers. Sport coats with sweaters, suits with scarves, overcoats and vests. The possibilities seem endless when combining textures and fabrics. Function and form come together, bringing us into a sartorial wonderland.

Layers give you the opportunity to not only look stylish but to monitor your temperature. Hot Blood? Maybe you don’t need an overcoat.. a nice flannel suit & vest will do the trick. Cold blooded? A classic overcoat works well when paired with a wool suit & perhaps a cashmere sweater.


A few ideas to get you going:

Match vs Compliment

“Matching” and “Complement” are two very different things. Matching tends to give the appearance of a purchased look, which is not the goal. Take a minor color of one garment and pair it with a major color in another.

Start Small

It’s always better to have more lightweight garments on, than one or two pieces that are extremely heavy. Think cotton tee, button down, cashmere sweater, vest and scarf.

Easy On The Color

One, maybe two vibrant colors are allowed. For the most part, stick with neutrals. Winter is for grays, browns, and greens. Paired with pops of orange, maroon or purple, the earth tones really come alive. All interchangeable as you can easily find these colors in your natural surrounding.

Pattern to Scale

When layering you need to watch the bold checks and patterns. Going with a large check or plaid overcoat? Settle in with a nice solid suit and a smaller patterned shirt. When in doubt, go solids but in different textures (wool, sick, etc). Patterns should always be of different varieties. Large check, medium check, small check. Never two of the same. A loud jacket does not need loud pants. The accessories should whisper.

Texture Variation

Wool and cashmere coat, cotton shirt, flannel pants, wool tie. All give a different dimension and can easily be worn on their own - which is the point when it heats up and you need to start peeling off. This ties in with investing in great garments. All “go to” pieces get better when layered together.

Be well, and find your style.