The unpredictability of the autumnal British weather means you don’t want to always throw on a big heavy winter coat as soon as the sun goes in. Learning some helpful tips on layering when wearing a suit will mean you’re are agile enough to combat any weather problem.
Merino wool or cashmere will be your best friend for fit, style and comfort when there is a little chill. Cheaper materials like polyester tend to lose their shape fairly quick, and are subject to bobbles. What you want from your knitwear is an added layer that is thin, but warm and durable beneath your your suit jacket. Merino and cashmere will snugly fit over your shirt and give a nice block of neutral colour to build from.
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Style-wise, you can’t go wrong with a v-neck, crew neck or even a cardigan. But the resurgence in roll necks over the past few years mean they are now seen as nice formal alternative to a shirt and tie. They also do a great job of slimming out any curves, no questions asked!
If you are someone who likes to add a bit more spark to your outfit, then use your accessories as the base for any colour you introduce.
Adding a nice bit of warmth whilst maintaining your formal silhouette is a job suited to a waistcoat. Don’t always feel you have to wear an exact match to the suit jacket and trouser though. Adding a contrasting waistcoat can really take your outfit up a style notch. If you are a little unsure, then take notes from the brands you like buying from. No doubt they have some ready-made combinations in their lookbooks to influence you.
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If you are sticking with the matching three-piece then try adding a bold tie to lift the outfit on an autumnal day. So many times we can be guilty of retreating from colour during autumn, but there is still an opportunity to subtly add it in to our everyday looks.
Now this is best suited to those days when you can really feel the onset of winter on the horizon. Using a quilted vest under your jacket is a great way to add a distinctive layering piece that has function and style.
The vest should have down stuffing so that you get maximum warmth. But it will also mean there is deeper insulation over the full area of the vest, and as a result the vest is deceivingly thinner than expected.
Of course there are accessories that will do an admirable job at keeping the chill away. But if you are looking for style and function then our three picks are ideal. There is nothing worse than getting a fabulously fitted suit only to pad it out with bulky unflattering layers. Opting for good quality products will ensure that you have an arsenal of layering pieces that won’t let you down no matter what the weather throws at you.