STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Stacks on Stacks of Layers

Halloween has past, and the Holiday festivities have begun as temperatures have dipped in Toronto. While it can be easy to want to start to pull out your heavy knitted turtlenecks and wool dresses, it is still autumn! Layering your fall and summer pieces can create brand new looks for the chilly seasonal transition ahead. It’s time for collegiate blues, seasonal reds and warm mustard yellows in your wardrobe, just like in this Fashionisto’s layered fall ensemble for a chilly day!

This look stands out because of how this Fashionisto has styled his layering. Layering is always in for fall and winter, but this look recalls a bright ‘80s vibe that is on trend for outerwear like in Bottega Veneta’s fall 2015 ready-to-wear collection. The mixture of similar colours and unique patterns creates a comfortable campus look with order. The plaid overcoat is an ode to very current lumberjack chic while layered over a minimal denim zip-up. The colours are the perfect combination for fall and winter, while the combination of corduroy, fleece and denim are rugged-meets-soft materials for cold weather.

The colours in this look are the main statement; it shows how colour makes a look even as the days become grayer. When layering fabrics and patterns, it’s always important to remember that a consistent colour scheme is the key factor. A perfectly selected palette—like the red, blue and mustard in this Fashionisto’s—ties together an ensemble that may look out of place with a variety of colours.

While creating color schemes is important, don’t let coordination scare you away and into wearing only solid monochromes all winter! Experiment with colour schemes and layer items with different textures for unique and stylish outfits even in the cold.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Menswear can sometimes feel restrictive with the idea of slim cuts being the only fashionable way to wear clothes. Layering provides a good combination of patterns and a consistent colour palette, while also giving you a lot of freedom in terms of fit.”