Layering Your Clothes for Dapper Autumn Style
As the last mild winds of summer disperse, wardrobes open to reveal the rain jackets and cool weather clothing that you wore last year, and maybe, for the last several years.
It’s time to think about Stylish layering with what you’ve got, or by adding a few new stylish garments to your wardrobe.
It’s always good to have a favorite pullover, and cosy shirt that keeps you warm, and not want to part with it until your dying days. Clothes are a very personal thing, they hold memories; good days and bad days, our garments are witness to all the fun of life.
Autumn weather dictates a lot about how we wrap up and protect ourselves from the coming chill weather, the rain, and the blustering wind. None of this means that we should give up on the idea of our normally stylish approach to the way we personally dress.
Looking Dapper & feeling good, all this is to do with the way we like to dress — any fool can be warm and look like a multi-colored clown, but that’s not the aim when you like fashion and style to be a part of your own lifestyle.
The problem with Autumn is that it is always changing its style too. The weather can be mild, rainy, a little sunshine before the sun disappears for the winter. A jacket is always a good companion. But if its not up to the job, you can end up getting a soaking and realizing that you bought a dud piece of clothing. Wrong textile, or a crappy cheap zipper on the front, can lead to wet layers that you will walk around in for the rest of the day.
A dapper looking coat that keeps you warm, and fits you well, is a snug beginning to protecting the layers of clothing underneath.
The size of a coat matters as much as the size of your trousers, pants or jeans. The length of the coat will determine how long the legs look, and whether you have unintentionally given yourself the skinny chicken look by bulking up too many layers above the waistline.
I’m a 33 inch waist and it’s hell trying to find that size off the peg — just ask my tailor.
If its off by a centimeter then it’s going to be uncomfortable and regrettable every time you wear it. Fitting will ensure that a coat does its job properly, and protect you from the cold. A jacket that opens up at the collar and slips along the shoulder will remind you that it really is a cold day.
Style is firstly ascertained with choosing the correct size of garment to fit your own body. That goes for all of your clothes, if you do this you’ll be able to make wider choices. But, you’re going to have to think about layering your clothes if you want to keep it under control — style wise.
Layering is a thought about how you will combine one garment over another without screwing up and making yourself look like a fur-ball, or a so tightly knit that you can’t move your body without forcing your arm against the sleeves.
A Simple V-Neck under shirt/Tee that color-wise won’t interfere with your shirt. A Jacket that matches the shirt and keeps you warm enough on a mild Autumn day. A heavier rain jacket that you’d wear on a journey across the city will keep you dry and warm without it all being too much.
You’ve fitted and sized yourself to a T. It should all look great and feel fine, the problem is that not all textiles and materials are a match.
That’s the wonderful fun of fashion and style, thinking and testing, and trying what works, and what doesn’t work.
A good tip is this; take a long hard look at the clothes you already posses. Check for an overarching color tone that you naturally go for when you are buying your clothes. Then, when you see this tone, or color palette that you notice in your garments, make a note. Now see which fabrics and textiles you like.
The fabric that you wear is flexible to a certain extent. And colors are either you, or they simply are not you. That’s life.
You can’t force a color into your style and believe that because you’ve matched tones it will look good on you. Be honest and say it, your skin tone can’t hold up to a bright red, or a mustard. So, you go blues and greens to match the paleness of your skin. Avoid tones that make you look pale, or gaunt.
I once saw a pair of bright electric green chinos in a shop. I immediately bought them, thinking they would look mega cool on me. But after wearing them around the house before going out, I realized that even my wife was giving me embarrassing looks. I changed into my usual style of lighter tones, and binned the idea of wearing anything bright and shiny for years. Maybe, there’s a stark edgy color out there for me somewhere.
Autumn leads into winter, and so the clothes we buy now will obviously be worn in some of the winter months, too.
Buying new jackets, wool shirts, heavier T-shirts, and wool trousers, is an investment in feeling safe and sound, a warm and snug through what could turn out to be a cold and slushy winter.
Tweed is a beautiful material. These days, you might find that there are different grades on the market. It’s not a cheaply made textile, but worth owning something at least, that is made of tweed. It’ll look good as trousers, won’t look like a thirties styling if you don’t want that, and is surprisingly stylish right now. There’s a lot of tweed ideas coming into the public gaze. That’s why tweed is still in, a practical material that does the best job of keeping warm and lasting a good while.
Here are a few Tips on how to Layer your Clothes and look Good
- Color combinations should be kept simple when layering your clothes. Try just two tones and if you must add a third, make it neutral. That’ll work ever time. If you go overboard with color it will work against any attempts to adjust it.
2.When layering textures your choices should match or contrast in their feel and look. hard against soft, not soft against rough, toothy looking fabrics that dominate too much. The best way to find out if it looks and feel good, is to experiment — you’ll know it when you see it. It’ll click together like marmalade and toast.
3. Look at the overall proportions of your style and how layering clothes affects the look. details are fun, and essential to work on if you want to have that finished look about you. Cuffs that poke out from under a jacket or coat sleeve should look as if you meant it to be that way — if you’re going to paint a picture, make sure that everything in it is painted with absolute confidence.
4. A scarf is not an extra, last minute thought, it’s part of the whole layering and styling process. So, as above, if you wear a scarf think about its flow, the effect of the color when its tucked in and forming a small triangle, or flopping down like a small flag across the chest.
5. If its really cold weather, you will want to be practical about the main item that keeps you warm. Don’t try and make each clothing piece do the job of an oven.Simplicity in layering is one piece , like a thick sweater made of wool, an Aron Sweater under your coat will work well at keeping you snug and warm, but not bulk out the outside layers.
7. Keep it simple but stylish. Be creative and enjoy figuring out what works for you. Work with an intention and you’ll start getting good results with simple ideas.