December 18, 2011

Style Feature: Layering for Fall


One of the more frustrating parts of winter is dealing with the difference in temperature going from a heated building out into the cold and back again. To complicate things even more, many buildings are either over- or under-heated. And what if you are going to a party or dinner? As more people arrive, the room will get warmer.  Trying to find a single coat or jacket that will satisfy all those varying situations, while still remaining comfortable, can be a nightmare. That is where layering comes in. Layers are a great way to navigate all the temperature changes with style and ease.

1. Wool Vest


If you have a dressier event to attend, a wool vest is a great layer to add over any dress shirt. The heavier weight of the wool helps keep you warm when you need it, without adding too much bulk.

Extra Tip : The color of the shirt helps pop the subtle blue in the vest and the dots in the tie. Remember, your colors should coordinate, not match.


Pair it with a blazer to help pull the whole look together, and lose the coat and scarf when inside. If you enter a particularly warm room, or find yourself in a more casual setting later in the evening, you can even remove the blazer and roll the cuffs for total comfort and effortless style.

Wool trench by French Connection; Blazer by Ted Baker; Vest by Umit Benan;
Shirt by Hawes & Curtis; Trousers by Fink Clothing; Shoes by Ted Baker;
Tie by Robert Godley; Pocket square by Thomas Pink; Belt by Lacoste;
Scarf by Burberry; Gloves by French Connection; Eyeglasses by Dolce & Gabbana. 

2.  Sweater


A light sweater is another classic layer that can never go wrong. Wear it with a dress shirt or sport shirt, and add a blazer for even more warmth. I usually prefer v-necks, because they allow you to see more of the layers underneath and nicely frame the knot of a tie.


A jewel-tone color is also a great touch, and a great opportunity to punch some more color into your winter wardrobe. Pick a tie with a nice pattern or pop of color to add some extra interest at the neck.

Extra Tip : A pull-over sweater is a great opportunity to take advantage of any super-wide vintage ties you may have picked up, as you’ll never see the width of the blade, just the knot.

Peacoat by INC; Blazer by Costume National; Sweater by The Men's Store
at Bloomingdale's; Shirt by 1 Like No Other; Pants  by Marc by Marc Jacobs;
Boots by John Varvatos; Tie by Ben Sherman; Scarf by John Varvatos;
Gloves by Isotoner; Sunglasses by Prada.

3.  Mock-Neck


A mock-neck sweater is my go-to layer in the winter for casual settings. They come in a variety of styles, but I love a classic black full-zip as it will always go with anything. It is also thin enough to wear under a more fitted suit or blazer, but heavy enough to stand alone under a coat if needed.


A henley shirt is another great layering piece, and a much more interesting alternative to a long-sleeve tee. Wear it underneath as a thermal layer or try pairing it over a sport shirt for something a little different.

Wool trench by French Connection; Full-zip by Armani Collezioni;
Henley by AllSaints Spitalfields; Shirt by Vince; Denim by AllSaints Spitalfields;
Boots by UGG Australia; Scarf by Burberry; Gloves by Kenneth Cole New York.

However you choose to layer up, if you remember to dress appropriately both for the weather and occasion, a well-edited and curated wardrobe will do most of the work for you.

Stay stylish,
- JJ

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