How Men Can Layer Without Looking Bulky

Now that winter is on its way, you’re going to hear a lot of talk about how layering is a must. Not only is it stylish but it’s functional. After all, the more layers you wear, the warmer you’ll be.

But sometimes too many layers can end up looking baggy, bulky, and downright unflattering. That’s why we’re here to teach you everything there is to know about layering. Most importantly, we’re going to show you how you can layer your clothing and still look fabulous.

Rule #1: Your first layer should be thin and snug.


Generally speaking, bulkiness is often caused by loose-fitting layers. The rule of thumb for layering is the snugger the better. This rings especially true for that very first layer. Whether you’re opting for a plain white undershirt or a snazzy button-up, make sure it’s thin and fitted. The Malebasics Everyday Pima v-neck is a great option.


Rule #2: Your outer layers should be longer than your inner layers.


This is a matter of style. To look your best, try and remember that the hemline of your outer layers should always be longer than your inner layers. This does not apply to the first layer if it’s a simple undershirt. However, if your first layer is a button-up shirt, the ends of the sleeves and bottom of the shirt should always peek out below whatever you’ve chosen to layer on top (e.g. a sweater or vest).

Rule #3: Only wear one bright colour per outfit.


When it comes to layering, you can be tempted to overdo it with bright colours and patterns. Try and resist that temptation. While there is a time and a place for vibrant patterns and colours, if you’re heading into work it’s best to stick with one vivid colour and several muted or neutral tones. For example a cobalt blue sweater would look great over top of a white shirt with muted light blue pinstripes.

Rule #4: Start with light colours and then move to dark colours.


This is really a matter of preference, but to be on the safe side I recommend adhering to the light-to-dark rule. Start off with a light coloured layer – white, beige, light grey – and then move into the dark stuff – navy, black, chestnut brown.

Rule #5: Finish off your look with a coat.


A coat is the perfect way to polish off your layered look. Once again, make sure you adhere to the rules above when choosing a coat. It should be the longest layer that you wear (i.e. longer than a suit jacket or dress shirt), it should be fitted (to avoid any bulk potential), and it should be a dark colour (such as maroon, black, brown, or grey).

And there you have it – the secret to layering! Happy winter!

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