The Art of Layering

Spring is the season of layers. Seventy degrees and sunny one day, 30 degrees and sleeting the next. Ya never know what you’re going to get – especially in this city. Which is why layering your look is vital to transitioning your wardrobe from winter to spring.

Men – I’m sure this idea of ‘layering’ your outfit is rather bewildering. And I’m sure you’re asking yourself, “What’s the point?” I’ll give you two reasons, my friends: practicality and style.

On an average day, you usually see only one visible layer on a male: a shirt, pants, and if it’s cold, a jacket….

Sorry that outfit combo was so dull I dozed off. But really, why does a majority of our gender refuse to be anything more than “basic”? Because gentlemen, we are far from basic. Mastering the art of layering isn’t as intimidating as it sounds. It’s all about combining functionality and aesthetic. Basically, you want to be warm and comfortable without looking like a hobo.

Start with a breathable fabric – a cotton graphic tee or long sleeve shirt – then add thicker pieces. Throw on a denim button up or zip-up hoodie, then slip on a cool leather jacket. Not only will you be warm, but you’ll look cool too (no one can resist the temptations of a leather jacket).

Jacob Neminarz of Well-Tailored Life

Or take some advice straight from the NYFW runways: lightweight trench coats, denim jackets, and technical outerwear, to name a few. But my favorite layering advice for this season? Fabric blocking. Rather than color blocking, fabric blocking has so much more dimension. Plus it looks sick. Corduroy, velvet, shearling, suede, and innovative tech gear are fabrics that should be in your closet.

Most importantly, layering helps to add a little color or pattern to your look. The rich monochrome colors of winter are over. While it’s not quite time for the bright neon colors of summer, it is a good chance to start slowly working your wardrobe up to that. And if you’re not into the whole color thing, I am happy to report to that this spring is all about earthy tones. Shades of green and stone were huge on and off the runway. Paisley is the perfect pattern to transition into spring. Pick up some cropped trousers to let those ankles see a little sunlight and a beanie to keep warm. And of course, pair everything with a cool pair of sneakers.

I gravitate towards bomber jackets, trendy raincoats, and denim jackets – these are ideal for layering! Shop some of my picks:

Men’s Scotch & Soda Bonded Trench Coat • Scotch & Soda • $245

Men’s Barbour Holton Quilted Bomber Jacket • Barbour • $249

Todd Snyder + Champion Cotton Bomber Jacket in White • $348

Diesel Indigo Denim Nhill Jacket • Diesel • $200

Ami Alexandre Mattiussi Shearling-collar denim jacket • Ami Alexandre Mattiussi • $310

Wallace & Barnes MA-1 bomber jacket • J.Crew • $178

Sophnet Roadmaster 4-Pocket Jacket Black • Belstaff • $750

Ornamental Conifer Limits Leather Jacket • Lucky Brand • $950

Comfort is key in Spring 2017. If you incorporate functional fits, mixing fabrics and warm neutrals, you’ll be ready for the sunny days to come.

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