There’s no rule stating that you must only wear a single shirt or top. On the contrary, it’s not uncommon for men to wear multiple tops in the same outfit. Known as a layered outfit, it’s a great way to enhance your appearance while giving you additional style options in the process. However, there are a few things you should know about the do’s and don’ts of layering an outfit.
Do Choose Lightweight Fabrics
If you’re going to wear multiple layers, stick with thin, lightweight fabrics. Wearing a thick corduroy jacket over a wool sweater will probably make you uncomfortably hot. If you opt for thin fabrics like cotton and linen, however, you’ll create a more comfortable outfit.
Don’t Wear the Same Colors
One of the perks of wearing a layered outfit is the simple fact that you can use multiple colors. Unfortunately, some men stick with a single color, believing it’s a “safe” choice. But if all of your layers feature the same color, it creates a monotonous appearance that reflects poorly upon your image. Therefore, it’s recommended that you wear layers in different colors.
Do Wear Outer Hems Longer Than Inner Hems
When wearing a layered outfit, make sure your outer hems are longer than your inner hems. In other words, the cuffs and collar of your inner shirt shouldn’t be longer than those of your outer shirt (or any other outer garment). If your inner hems are longer than your outer hems, they’ll poke through to create an awkward appearance.
Don’t Wear Too Many Layers
There’s nothing wrong with wearing a layered outfit, but you shouldn’t wear too many layers. Attempting to wear two shirts, a vest and a jacket, for example, will probably make you look puffy. If you’re going to wear a layered outfit, stick with just a few basic layers.
Do Choose the Right Neck Cut
It’s also important to wear the shirts and tops with the right neck cut. Most tops are designed with either a crew neck or v-neck. If you want the colors from your undershirt to show, you should choose a v-neck cut. If you want to conceal your undershirt, however, it’s best to choose a crew neck.
Don’t Stretch Your Layers
If a shirt or top doesn’t fit on top of another layer, don’t try to force it. Attempting to wear a small sweater over multiple existing layers may cause the sweater to stretch. And once it’s stretched, it’s nearly impossible to reverse.