How to do Winter Layering for men

Whilst out and about at London Fashion Week Men,  I came across a colleague who looked great in a t-shirt and mid weight bomber jacket but had seriously underestimated how cold it was and had spent the day freezing. When questioned, I was surprised to hear that he didn’t know how to layer, so here are some ideas on how to stay warm but well dressed this winter.

David Evans from Grey Fox blog - layering tips for men - Sartoria Lab blog


I was with David Evans from Grey Fox blog who was sporting a suit and shirt with a cardigan as an extra layer. The buttons echo the feel of a waistcoat which makes the cardigan appropriate to wear under a suit and ever so slightly more formal than a sweater. Try a fine gauge one with a smart tailored suit or a heavier knit with a tweed suit for a more casual feel.

Image by Pietro Recchia

How to do winter layering - personal styling tips for men on Sartoria Lab blog


My immediate question to my colleague was  "why aren't you wearing a sweater over your t-shirt?" It seemed obvious but that was when I discovered his lack of layering knowledge. Try tonal layers eg: a pale blue t-shirt with a dark blue sweater on top and have just a little of the colour of the t-shirt showing at the hem. For really cold days go for a merino wool base layer.

How to layer in winter - mens personal style tips on Sartoria Lab blog


One of my favourite looks is a denim jacket worn underneath another jacket - it could be something smarter such as a blazer. peacoat or tailored overcoat or more casual such as a bomber, parka or duffle. It'll work with almost everything as an extra layer to keep you warm whilst looking cool. ;-)

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How to do stylish layering in winter - personal shopping tips for men


I stumbled upon this little trick when I had a bright yellow sweater that had a bit of a run in with the rest of the contents of the washing machine and ended up streaked with other colours! On a particularly cold day I decided to layer it under a navy sweater with just the hem and cuffs showing. It was admired by a friend thinking it was a navy sweater with a yellow trim....aha...success! And very toasty it was too. So if you have a little worn bright fine gauge sweater, instead of relegating it to the back of your wardrobe, try it as a layer underneath a darker one.

Pink sweater - John Smedley Hatfield in Sea Island Cotton  Navy sweater - John Smedley Sorbus in Extra Fine Merino Wool

Layering ideas for men on Sartoria Lab blog - personal shopper for men


Mix tailoring with sportswear for a modern look and an extra layer of warmth in the form of a hoody under a blazer, raincoat or tailored overcoat. Or if you prefer, take inspiration from the Italians and wear a lightweight padded gilet instead.

How to keep warm in winter - layering tips for men - Sartoria Lab blog


If wearing a sweater is not smart enough for the look you're going for then try a fitted undershirt instead. Choose a v-neck so it doesn't show under an open neck shirt or a crew neck if you're planning to wear a shirt and tie. Robert Owen have a range in pale blue, white and nude that are perfect to ward off harsh office air conditioning or keep you snug on a particularly chilly day.

If you need help to create a layered look to see you through the rest of winter, then contact me for a Wardrobe Edit to build outfits from your existing wardrobe or a Personal Shopping trip to introduce some new pieces.

"Thanks again for a most enjoyable morning and thanks for these pics – really interesting to see. Certainly lots of food for thought’s very helpful."