Here in NYC, the weather has been relatively mild lately. Perfect for another “light layers of fall” feature.
A quick, easy and unexpected way to add a little warmth and texture to your look on a mild day is by layering shirts. The trick here is to make sure the over-shirt is a heavier fabric than the shirt underneath it (as a general guideline – not rule – your fabrics should get heavier as you layer outward). Also, there is no need to size-up on the outer-shirt, you’d be surprised how much room there is under even your slimmest button-downs.
Here are three good outer-shirt fabrics, worn three different ways.
1. Cashmere Blend over Bowtie
When wearing two collars, it’s important that they contrast in silhouette. The under-shirt should be more pristine and closed at the collar, preferably with a tie, while the outer-shirt should appear loosely thrown on, quickly buttoned and be open at the collar.
I picked up this cool snap-front cotton/cashmere shirt for $18 at a mom-and-pop vintage store and it’s surprisingly versatile – I’ve already worn it with a blazer, under a down vest, and as outerwear.
- Slim washed denim jeans by Polo Ralph Lauren
- Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic (42mm)
- Nato Striped grosgrain watch strap by Corvus
- Navy polka dot bowtie by Ralph Lauren Polo
- Grey/white hairline stripe shirt by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Cotton/cashmere plaid western shirt Vintage
- Brown waxed leather desert boots by Clarks
- Brown woven leather gloves by Hilts & Willard