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The Gentleman's Guide: Master Winter Layering With These 6 Items

Posted on 26 January 2017

Layering: The art of wearing several layers of clothing without compromising style.

If you live in an area that suffers cold winters, you may be tempted to bundle up with a parka. But if you know how to layer like a pro, you can preserve your style by wearing layers of lighter articles in a fashionable way while staying warm.



We have put together a list of items you should have in your wardrobe if you are serious about style and staying warm. 




You most likely have some sweaters in your closet but not all sweaters are ideal for layering. We suggest having these two types of sweaters:


Sweater Vests

Sweater vests are great because you can add an extra layer to your chest without adding to your arms which doesn't affect your mobility. As you can see below, the V-neck allows you to see every layer underneath it (dress shirt and tie). 


Zip Sweaters

We love this style! These sweaters keep you warm and look amazing under a jacket. You can get half-zip pullovers, full-zip fleece sweaters, zip cardigans etc. Just try not to get something too thick since you want to add more layers after. Also, keep the zip down so you don't hide the dress shirt and tie. 



Cardigans aren't for everyone, but you should definitely give them a try. They look different as an extra layer underneath a jacket. We encourage you to mix it up and try different combinations while layering. 



If you own three-piece suits, great! You can use the waist coats as an additional layer. If not, you can also purchase waist coats that are made of thicker/warmer material like corduroy or tweed.

Pro Tip: Try to contrast your waist coat with your jacket. The left and right pictures below, use a dark color waist coat to contrast with the light grey jacket.




Depending on how many layers you are going for, this may be the last one. If it is the last layer, look for warmer jackets made of wool, cashmere, tweed, or corduroy. If not, wear a lighter blazer that will be comfortable under a winter coat. 



For the colder winter days, make sure you have a nice coat to top it all off. There are many styles, but we like to see gentlemen in a peacoat or overcoat. When possible, try to keep your coat open so you can showcase your master-level layering. 






Finally, make sure to have an abundance of scarves that complement your outfits. You can wear them in many different ways, but try to wear them in a way that doesn't hide your layers. For example, in the middle picture below, he uses a classic overhand knot but brings it down a bit so you can see his dress shirt and tie. 





Winter is already depressing enough, so have a little fun testing out different layer combinations and walk the streets like a real OG (Original Gentleman).





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  • jerry grethen: January 31, 2021

    keep me updated on latest trends

  • James Payne: December 14, 2019

    This is great!

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