LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS: Winter In-vest-ment

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When it comes to men’s fashion, extravagant, detailed apparel is not always the key to a stylish ensemble. More often than not, well-coordinated looks are those comprising of basics that can be found in most male wardrobes. It is the layering effect of these basics such as plain tees, button-down shirts (i.e. the flannelette) and the occasional lightweight sweater that really brings an outfit to life and makes a statement.

Today’s Fashionisto puts layering to the test with impressive results. His simple tee, open shirt and quilted vest is a “not too hot, not too cold” combination that is often hard to get just right. The vest in particular, delivers warmth during the winter months yet offers adequate mobility — an element favoured by students who are forever on the go.

Aside from the essential practicalities, vests are versatile across a range of styles to the extent that they have been made a grunge icon by Richard Chai in his Grunge Luxe fall/winter collection back in 2010. Layer a quilted vest like this Fashionisto with a loose, open shirt and tee and add fingerless gloves and/or combat boots and you’ll be shaking hands with Kurt Cobain in no time. At the other end of the spectrum, layer your vest with a light sweater and a pair of rolled up chino’s and Ralph Loren has met his match.

By adding a pair of understated white canvas sneakers, this Fashionisto adds a sporty touch, again adhering to practicality yet still managing to lend his outfit a sense of comfortable style.

Hint: With only a few basics, you can mix and match to achieve not one but several different looks. In other words, layering is an ideal technique for those burdened by the infamous student budget!

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