Layering is a beautiful thing and when your style IQ has reached such a high level that you can compose those intricately layered outfits, people will start to drool over you.  Here 5 expert layering tips to help you with your style IQ.

Don’t Over Layer

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You probably think that you need 10 layers of clothing to look stylish and complex. Remember that layering can be as simple as wearing a t-shirt under a flannel. Don’t overwhelm yourself thinking that you need so many layers, I would personally recommend that you only stick to 3 to 4 layers at a time.

Visual Proportions

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The whole point to layering is to create depth and show creativity. Unfortunately, you can’t do this if your layers aren’t visible. Make sure that you play with different proportions and lengths to make sure that each layer is visible; there are 2 ways to do this:

  • Forward Layering

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This means that each consecutive hemline gets as you add them on. This is known as the traditional or proper menswear attire.

  • Reverse Layering
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With this, you will actually be doing the opposite. This means that the longer layer will actually be the base layer. Start with a long line tee and add a bomber on top of it. This is more of the streetwear or casual approach.

Thick Fabrics Are an Exterior Layer

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This is a must follow rule! You want to make sure you order your fabrics in the order of thickness. Your thinner fabrics should go against your skin and the thicker fabrics go as an outer layer. This makes it so that you don’t look like a puffy snowman and it makes it so that the layers will serve their purpose.  The outer layer will insulate heat and keep you warm, while the thinner layer will ventilate the heat and will keep your body temperature balanced.

Mix your Fabrics and Textures

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You never want to layer or mix fabrics that are too close in color or texture. Make sure that there is enough contrast between your layers. For example, you would not layer separate suit pieces that are the same color and fabric.

Patterns

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With layers, there is already a lot going on and when you add a pattern into the mix it could just end up confusing people. My advice would be to limit your patterns to only 1 or 2.  Make sure that the thickness and density of your patterns are different enough so that they don’t clash.

 

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