April 16, 2013

Style Feature: Layering for Spring

Spring is in the air. Unfortunately, the weather hasn’t quite gotten the memo and with the temperature bouncing around between the 40s and the 70s, it’s hard to dress comfortably for the entire day. Layering is the simple solution. Not only does it let you flex your sartorial muscles putting together a complex outfit, but it also gives you the flexibility to get through the day in comfort and style. Now I already covered layering for fall, but layering for springtime can be just as tricky.

1. Sport Jacket

A sport jacket may seem like an obvious choice, but I don’t see them nearly as much in the spring as in the fall. You can throw one on over pretty much anything and it instantly takes your look up to the next level.

Extra Tip : When I said ‘pretty much anything’ what I really mean is please don’t wear a sport jacket over a t-shirt unless you are going as Don Johnson or Michael Kors for Halloween.

Extra Tip II : In the spring, a lightly colored cotton pocket square can brighten up your look and make it feel more seasonally appropriate.

Extra Tip III : It's spring, don't be afraid to make a statement with color. Sure bright fuschia pants will get some attention, but be confident and embrace it.

Seersucker jacket by BOSS Black; Shirt by Uniqlo; Chinos by Ted Baker;
Chukkas by Timberland; Tie by Psycho Bunny; Pocket square by Burberry;
Tie bar by Kenneth Cole Reaction; Sunglasses by Bulgari

2. Knit & Woven

This combo is a little strange to some people, but it is a lot more common than you might think, sort of. You would be hard pressed to go into a men’s store and not find a mannequin layered with some combination of knit/woven.

Extra Tip : Don't underestimate the effectiveness of a scarf. It is a small accessory that can make a big difference if the wind picks up. I almost never go out not wearing one and this double sided silk piece is incredibly versatile.

Mock neck sweater by Dolce & Gabbana;
Woven shirt by Charles Tyrwhitt; Knit by Lacoste;
Chinos by Sons of Intrigue; Boat shoes by Sebago;
Scarf by Tallia Orange; Watch by Bulova;
Bracelet by American Eagle

3. Henley

The great thing about a henley is that it’s perfect year round and conveys a strong sense of ruggedness. Just think about any post-apocalyptic contemporary tv show. What are the leads wearing? Henleys. Their versatility is really incredible as they can be a substitute for nearly any layer – base, mid, or top.

Extra Tip : I often treat a henley like I would a sweater. Just because this one is embellished with shirt cuffs and a pleated front, doesn't mean you can't layer it.

Extra Tip 2: Let your shoes get in on the action too. A nice pair of colored laces can brighten up a dark leather shoe and help tie your outfit together.

Jacket by Nautica; Henley, chinos, and shoes by AllSaints;
Woven by Uniqlo; Scarf from H&M; Laces by Allen Edmonds

As I’m sure you can see, most of these pieces can be used to layer in the fall and winter as well. This is just another example of how a few carefully chosen pieces can take you (almost) all the way through the calendar.

Stay stylish,
- JJ

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