A Concise Guide To Layering

In this we guide we hope to further develop your current understanding in the art of layering. By referencing the aspects discussed in this piece we hope to assist you in composing stylish, yet functional outfit ideas.



                                                   Overcoat - Reiss      Cardigan- H&M       Tee - Sunspel      Trousers - A.P.C.

Colour and Tonal Coordination

By this we're not talking squaller such as not wearing navy with black, more to consider the awareness of colour pallets when forming clothing into styled looks. One of the easiest ways to achieve this is quite simply reducing the number of colours on option in your wardrobe. Black white and grey for the everyday, or black white and navy to keep you wavey, take your pick but either are a good rule of thumb for a sturdy foundation. Although we recommend this to include essentials for the majority of your wardrobe staples pops of colour are also essential.

Finding the right balance between these two aspects will create a consistent and flowing colour pallet throughout your garments. For example, observe the image above, consisting for two alternative tones of navy, with a crisp white tee and Pale Green cotton pants. The shade of the green is key in this case as it unites with the white and the navy; a brighter or more vibrant colour green would not please the pallet. Electing the appropriate colour of undergarment can break up the sectional tones of your outfit and can be used well to brighten up darker tones. It is favourable to select different tones of the same colour  to cause lasting effect, especially when utilising a lot of black.


                                                  Overcoat - A.P.C.      Vest - Unqilo      Fleece - Uniqlo      Tee - Cole Buxton

 Fabric and Textures

In this we focus on specific fabrics and ideas on how to line them up appropriately for utilitarian and visual impact. We understand at CC this is temperamental with regards to seasonal changes but this will give you a general sense of how to combine textures.

 The construction of most outfits consists of base, mid and outer layers. For base layers cotton is always a good go to. Available in a variation of weights, textures and silhouettes its an easy wear for any occasion , top picks include a solid tee or a dense cotton oxford . Mid layers( usually concerning long sleeve pieces) is where you can really experiment with fabrics and where more designated thought should be placed, usual suspects include cotton sweats, linen quarter zips, vests, twill overshirts and woollen knitwear. Outer layer garments as are the highlight to most outfits usually containing some technical aspects be it; waxing, waterproofing, down or Gore-Tex. 

Take the image above as an example of textile experimentation on a crisp winters day of -2 degrees. The base layer of the outfit is a cotton t-shirt providing good breathability and comfort. Above is a high neck , long strand fleece with a soft handle. The high neck keeps out a draft, also withdraws the use of a scarf. Also incorporated in the mid layer is a down vest, providing superb insulation. The sleeveless aspect of the garment is paramount, as it does not inflict your range of movement( unlike a long sleeve alternative). The outer layer consists of a brushed wool mac. This is a good choice as the collar is coming away from the neck, thus not imposing on the high neck of the fleece. The ensemble is a fine example of providing a sense of depth to one tone outfit. 


                                Overcoat - Acronym      Hoodie - John Elliot      Tee - Rick Owens      Trousers - Helmut Lang

Garment Lengths

Garment length is an essential thought process when pondering what to wear. This component can have a dramatic effect on the flow of your garments between layers and how things fit together. The first thing to consider is your base and mid layers. A preference for us is to have your base layer lying lower than your mid layer this creates seamless continuity between garments while also giving you the option to amplify the seperation of layers with a pop of colour (as shown in the image above).

Additionally this concept can be applied to legwear. The leg length of your trousers and the way they sit can have many implications. For example with tapered multi layered styling of varied lengths, particularly with a more fashion forward fit, (like the example above) a complimenting cropped length of trouser would sit well. With more over sized ensembles, a spill over cuff could sit a lot better workwear. With more classic and clean compositions try chinos or denim with a slick turn up.


                          Overcoat -  H&M      Roll neck Knit -  COS      Trousers -  Whistles      Footwear - Common Projects


By this were not talking about pretentious social constructs such as 'that big meeting' or 'catching a business lunch', we asses the daily trifles that could alter the need of formality of your attire for example; The active duration of your day, an evening meal with friends, casual weekends or your choice of work attire.

The line between smart and casual can be an surprisingly fine, all it takes some minor details within your outfit choices to steer between either desired preference.  Take the example above; a turtle neck knit has been chosen rather than a cotton sweatshirt, providing comfort with a slightly less athletically inspired garment. Swap your formal trousers for tailored wool track pants providing relaxed tapered fit and avoiding the use of an cumbersome belt and buckle. Sporting a monochromatic leather or suede sneaker , specifically a low top, makes reference to a more proper iteration of footwear. The midsole for comfort is of high importance, if in doubt look for the Margom Cup Sole or a Vibram unit for the CC tick of approval.

Finally let's not forget a major CC go to, who can knock a classic over coat? Whether single or double breasted make sure to pay close attention to the fit and how to garment lies, when assessing the need for smart or casual. A more oversized coat of a double breasted nature was used, creating a well rounded look fit for purpose.



Cal Cowie