Guys, it’s okay to admit you’re intimidated by the prospect of layering up this winter. But you need to stay warm. And there’s a way to do it without compromising your style, or worse – bulking up like the Michelin Man.

Men's Winter Layering Tips

  1. Whether polo, V-neck, crew neck, or quarter-zip, start with a neutral long-sleeve shirt or sweater that hangs close to the body.
  2. Add a lightweight vest to trap warmth without adding bulk. Leave it unzipped or fasten it three-quarters of the way up.
  3. Top it all off with a tailored coat. Wear it open to show off those newly honed layering skills.

Our Learn the Art of Cold-Weather Layering Boutique opens Thursday, January 9, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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January 9, 2014

Once temps dip below 30 degrees, it’s a mad dash for all things wool, down, and puffy (and if there was such a thing as a portable space heater, that too). But rather than opting for the same overly padded, linebacker-style look whenever you walk out the door, it’s better to tailor your layers to your activity. Here’s how:

Winter Activity Outfits

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December 16, 2013


With cool mornings, warm afternoons, and in-between evenings, dressing for the entire day can be a bit tricky. But learn the fine art of layering, and you’ll be comfortable in any temperature (even the office’s arctic A/C). To avoid looking bulky, use these tips to mix and match pieces for the most flattering shape. Bonus: you’ll create new looks you never even knew you had hiding in your closet.

  1. Keep the underlayer (like a body-hugging tank or dress) fitted for the ideal outfit foundation.
  2. Throw something loose on top (think: a flowy tee, button-down chambray shirt, or both).
  3. Don’t let your shape get lost – add a belt to cinch your waist.
  4. Tie on a summer scarf to finish the look. It will come in handy for the breeziest times of day.

And remember these two things when picking your layering pieces:

  1. Be mindful of proportion and keep the bottom half of your outfit slim.
  2. Pair long pieces with short, and short with long. If everything is one length, no one will be able to see your mix-and-match genius.

Our American Apparel Women & American Apparel Men Boutiques open Monday, May 13, at 11AM ET.

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May 13, 2013


Aside from permission to mow the comfort food (in the name of staying warm, of course), one of the greatest pros to a cooling clime is the glorious opportunity to layer up. Can’t decide between that Parisian striped top, a chambray tunic, your favorite cashmere cardi, and the perfect chartreuse puffer vest? Throw them all on together. When done right, the complexity that contrasting textures, colors, weights – really, anything – bring to life is sure to sartorially set you apart (and tell volumes about your mix-and-match know-how) all season long.

Retain your shape.
Have a penchant for wearing four layers on top (capped off by an oversized field coat)? Firstly – I applaud you. Secondly – be sure that, whatever you wear on the bottom, it’s a skinnily cut something. Same goes for vice versa (i.e., roomy trousers paired with a form-fitting top). Swaddling away any semblance of shape defeats the fundamental purpose of layering. A fashion coup, first and foremost, will always entail lines that intrigue.

There’s no such thing as clashing patterns.
Throwing a plaid flannel over a navy striped tee? Yes. Perfect. Do it. Challenging traditional fashion norms is the surest way to show that you’re so familiar with what is and isn’t “allowed,” you have absolutely no qualms with taking the path less followed.

Contrasting fabrics is key. 
Avoid looking like a one-dimensional cartoon character by mixing and matching different textures. Your look will achieve an intriguing depth that’ll have onlookers wanting to know the story behind every piece you’re wearing.

And don’t forget functionality!
Save the costumery for Halloween. The strongest statement any layered look can make is that its every participating piece plays a genuinely functional role. An example? The tied-around-the-neck sweater. If this is the look you choose, then make sure that, if a chill crops up, the sweater will still look totally in place when pulled on over the rest of your outfit.  

Our Layer Love: Women’s Cardigans, Tunics, and More Boutique is now open.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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November 12, 2012