Conquering the cold – A guide on layering
With winter upon us in Denmark, cold and snowy weather can sometimes restrict our ability to put on a wanted outfit. But instead of seeing the cold season as a way of limiting your possibilities clothing wise, we see it as an opportunity to unlock some of the items in your wardrobe, you can’t wear during summer or warmer periods. The following article will feature some of our ideas on how to dress up for this season, without compromising on a great look.
Colder seasons as fall and winter calls for the heavier pieces of one’s wardrobe like thick oxford shirts, rough tweed jackets, corduroy trousers, wool overcoats and lace-up boots. Furthermore, the season allows the wearer to combine several layers in one outfit, giving several levels of depth. The following outfits depicts our take on how we like to layer a fall & winter outfit. We’ve picked out a few outfits from this and past colder seasons.
Classic blue & grey
With this first outfit we deconstructed a herringbone 3 piece suit and matched a pair of solid colored trousers. The two herringbone pieces gives an extraordinary warmth. A preppy regimental striped tie in blue and black compliments the grey tones of the jacket and waistcoat.
The blue and grey combo is a solid choice when pairing colors. The inner layer of a club collared oxford shirt adds another thick underlying base. Thus completing the whole outfit by giving the mix of herringbone tweed and the club collared oxford shirt a British countryside edge.
Rough tweed & black watch tartan
With the outfit below, we’ve put together some colors and textures we like to combine during fall and winter. We got a cutaway collared oxford shirt, with a purple wool cardigan to match the purple shades within the tie. We topped it off with a heavy tweed jacket, along with a smooth green silk pocket square, breaking the rough surface of the tweed jacket.
Generally, earthy tones are great for the colder seasons. Natural shades of green and brown go very well when paired while reflecting the surrounding colors of nature. In this outfit, we’ve put a lighter subtle houndstooth, wool blazer as the outer layer with a bottle green knit vest underneath. An extreme cutaway oxford shirt provides a great inner layer, being in contrast to the colorful paisley tie with brighter tones of green also seen in the pocket square and the stone bracelet.
Trouser wise, the choice fell on a plain dark green/brown pair of trousers to stay in the same earthy tones, without having a dominating appearance. In this setup, the trousers plays a subtle role, yet providing a color foundation for the other elements of the outfit. Simple and nice.
To give a color parallel to the shirt, the choice of shoes has fallen on a navy pair of suede tassel loafers.
Normally, this type of footwear is seen more often in summer, but, in our optics, suede shoes can go well on the more dry and mellow days of the cold season.
Top it off with an overcoat
Like the outfit above, we’ve mixed some of the earthy tones that go very well for the season, primarily brown shades. We’ve tried to enhance the depth of the outfit by letting a blue and white Bengal striped, spread collar shirt set the base layer. The red raw linen tie stands in contrast to the shirt, enhancing both items. A textured wool waistcoat wraps the torso with a silk back, making the whole top half not so stifling. Unlike all the outfits above, the blazer used here has a much lighter construction. Atypical for this season, the blazer is made in a brushed beige linen, bringing a lighter tone as the middle layer.
Regarding the outer layers, a camel wool scarf lies beneath a forest green double-breasted wool coat. The shoes; a pair of cognac penny loafers with a longer vamp that makes this type of shoe wearable during winter, covering a larger proportion of the foot, keeping out the cold.
Summed up, the colder seasons is a great opportunity utilize the warmer pieces of your wardrobe. Layering gives the wearer new ways of sophisticating the general outfit, by demonstrating one’s ability to pair textured, patterns and colors on a whole other level. The colors at play during these seasons is almost always a reflection of the colors present in nature.
Hope this article gave you some inspiration on how to layer your winter season wardrobe. Feel free to check the other articles.
Photos by Victor Jones & Brothers Marfil
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