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WINTER LAYERING WRAPPED UP
THE MAN'S ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO WINTER LAYERING
Photography by Craig Landale
Its depressing isn't it? All this talk about wrapping up warm, wearing jumpers, cardigans and heavy quilted jackets. We'd much rather be back in our sandals and shorts, basking in the glorious warmth of the sun.... Erm yeah, lets keep dreaming for a few months, ey.
For now, those bitterly-cold Winter days are here to stay, and we here at 'Menswear Style' would like our readers to be equipped with all the knowledge to keep effortlessly warm during this cold spree. Layering seems like a daunting concept when approached with too much thought – it needn't be.
Layering is all about creating an outfit where you look good, protected, and feel comfortable. Usually suited for transitional seasons: Spring and Autumn, due to the ever so bipolar weather that Britain loves to throw our way.
It provides your style with a sense of variety and you needn't break the bank in doing so. All it takes is a pair of decent shoes, a nice coat, and a classy accessory like a watch... and "voila!" - you're already making more effort than the majority of the male population.
It sounds like a complicated equation with a long result process, doesn't it? As explained previously, it's really simple! Anything can be layered, as long as it's close to your body but loose enough to breathe in-between the inner and outer layers.
When layering to keep warm, ensure that your fabrics are in Winter-mode: tweed, flannel, corduroy, lambswool, and cashmere are a varied few you could consider.
Inner-layers - undershirts, like Henleys, vests and t-shirts are worth investing in, especially during the cold seasons. You'll find they'll keep you warm if you're exposed to the outdoors for long periods of time. However, if you aren't always based outdoors undershirts can be a little too much. This is when it's time to invest in a few long-sleeve t-shirts or polo shirts, which are available in thinner materials from any high-street retailer.
Casual or formal shirts are the alternative to undershirts, often worn under jackets, blazers, you name it. They're known as the ultimate wardrobe staple in menswear due to their simplicity; button-fronted, with a turn-down collar. Available in patterns and various colours if you want to add a little buzz to your outfit.
Outerwear - Scarves are very functional and create a great layer for your neck. They can have the same presence as a shirt, when draped around the neck and shoulders, not to mention they keeps you nice and warm. Coats are a no-brainer when considering layering. Perfect for the outdoors, and with a little thought in regards to style and colour, you'll always want to show it off.
There you have it, a quick and easy guide to layering. Just remember to dress close to your body but loose enough to breathe in-between the inner and outer layers, and you're all set to conquer the cold British weather.