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Layering statement and staple items of clothing is not only the best way to regulate your temperature as the days get warmer (aside from a cold beer, that is), but it is also to make the most of your closet.
With this in mind, continue reading to learn of five effective and effortless ways to layer with style for men this spring and summer.
1. Choose Two or More Contrasting Fabrics
Not only is it important to choose the colors you want to pair together, but it is also essential to consider the different materials you choose to layer atop each other carefully as well.
As a general rule, the following pairings of materials make for a fantastic combination, especially when you are planning a layered outfit with an impressive overall aesthetic in mind:
- Linen and denim
- Cashmere and cotton
- Suede and egyptian cotton
- Velvet and cord
2. Think About Your Underwear
Even though you are unlikely to have your underwear on show for long periods, unless you are that inclined and an exhibitionist, undergarments are still an important component of any outfit.
Look for mens tank undershirts that are investment pieces from prestigious and established retailers, which feel like a second skin under your shirt. Choose breathable fabric and items that offer a heightened support level for boxers and briefs.
3. Invest in a Shacket
Shackets have taken both fashion houses and high-street designers alike by storm and for men, there can be no better choice for the ideal layering piece.
Sitting firmly between a conventional jacket and a normal shirt, the shacket is available in various fabrics, colors, and patterns. Choosing a neutral-colored, checked pattern, in light brown and cream, for example, will allow you to layer over virtually any shade or tone of a top shirt.
4. Patterns Should be Scaled
Unless you are someone who is a proud eclectic dresser, you will want to ensure that your patterns are scaled and are not conflicting and contrasting on the body, even if the colors themselves serve to complement each other.
This means that, as a general rule, the items of clothing which are only partially visible, such as the collars of a shirt or the cuffs of a sweater, can be bolder in print and pattern. As you add more layers, stick to block, solid colors and no patterns at all.
5. Make Every Piece Matter
Finally, the ultimate key to a well-put-together outfit that ticks both the fashionable and the practical boxes at the same time when layering is to ensure that each item you wear counts.
Essentially, the simplest way to adhere to this rule is to ensure that any visible layer of clothing, from your head to your toes, is something which you would happily wear on its own and is not just positioned for effect. This way, every piece of clothing you wear will have a positive impact.