Menswear Look of the Week: Light Layers

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Unpredictable weather makes for unpredictable wardrobe choices. Sure, you can bundle up for the kind of weather that feels like Antarctica, but when the weather unexpectedly warms up, you might be drawing a blank. In the land of subzero temperatures and practical heat waves in comparison (all in the same week, we might add), how does one dress appropriately for the weather while still being season-appropriate? It’s all about light layers.

ALIVE Menswear Light Layers

Start with base layers. What usually works best for any occasion is a button-front shirt under a sweater, but we’ve twisted those staples for this look. Instead, try a henley under a vest. This way, you won’t overheat by wearing a chunky sweater, but you’ll be warm when the temperatures drop. Consider the vest to be “under-outerwear” – a piece of cold-weather gear that will keep you warm when worn with just a shirt but is also light enough to wear under a bigger jacket.

Now that your base layer is set, you can ditch the heavy wool coats for something sleek and lightweight. The baseball jacket is always in, and though it’s usually a spring or early-fall style, the darker color and multiple fabrics on this one, from Rag & Bone, will act as an easy transitional piece for those January days when the temperatures soar to the 50s. Pair this layered look with dark-colored cords, some retro sneakers and killer accessories, and you’ll have a sharp, casual look. The best part – you won’t freeze in the process.

Rag & Bone ‘Bastion’ Baseball Jacket ($1,195 at Nordstrom); Alternative Apparel henley ($70 in similar styles at Collective); Padded vest ($34.95 at H&M); Matchbox Corduroy pants in forest green ($176 at Adriano Goldschmied); Vans Old Skool ($70 in similar styles at Devil City); NY hat ($9.95 at H&M); Super Giaguaro sunglasses ($259 at 10denza)

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