Layering refers to the thoughtful combination of multiple garments to not only serve as a protection from the cold weather, but also as an aesthetically pleasing outfit. Layering may seem a little intimidating at first. All it takes is one bad choice in garment to throw off your entire outfit. If you’ve been strategically purchasing your garments, give yourself a pat on the back because this will make your life much easier. If you’ve been shopping all over the place and your wardrobe isn’t very cohesive, not to worry. It will be harder to find the right combination of layers, but you’ll have more options which is never a bad thing.
How to Layer Clothes
It is often smart to start layering with your thinnest layer underneath and start utilizing thicker garments as you move on. This is mainly advantageous for scenarios in which you need to layer down to regulate your temperature. It also gives your overall outfit new sense of depth.
At it’s most basic level, a layered outfit can look like this. Take a regular fitting t-shirt as your bottom layer. T-shirts make great starting layers as they are thin and light and help wick moisture away from your body. Next take a zip-up or pullover hoodie and use it as a middle layer. Now depending on what the weather looks like that day, take a light or medium weight jacket and use it as your third layer.
This example of layering (although very bare-bones) is effective at controlling your temperature. You can leave your home in that outfit to keep the cold out. Once you step onto a bus or skytrain, you can take off the jacket to cool down. Once you’re back on the street, you can easily throw the jacket right back on and head over to your office. Once you arrive, you can take off both the jacket and the hoodie and comfortable go on about your day in your t-shirt.
Layered Outfits - Choosing the Right Colours
Alright, so one important factor in layering is picking out items which result in an overall cohesive look. This is not limited to the styles and silhouettes of the garments alone. Colours also play a very important role when it comes to layering. Since you’re wearing more articles of clothing, it becomes more challenging to find a winning combination of colours. Not to worry though, with a couple of tips you'll be able to master the art of colour coordination.
In case you ever get stuck or feel lost, refer to this simple but effective colour wheel. There are two ways to use a colour wheel. The first is looking at colours on opposite ends and utilizing both in your outfits. Colours which face opposite ends tend to contrast together in a good way, bringing balance to your outfits. The second way to use this tool is to look at colours which lay next to each other. This strategy is great if you’re trying to go for more of a monochromatic and subtle look.
Layered Clothing - How to Wear Patterns
When it comes to layering with patterned pieces, aim to scale them from lightest to strongest. For example, you can start with a plaid shirt with a heavy pattern as your first layer and add a smooth v-neck sweater with light texture and finally add a monochrome jacket as your outer layer. You can also wear your patterned pieces from strongest to lightest.