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Adding Depth to Your Outfits This Fall

Creating an ergonomic outfit, or one that fits properly and does so in an effective and efficient manner, isn't easy. These types of ensembles have to work on every level and angle, no matter how many layers you decide to add or take away. What you're left with when it does work correctly, though, is a single sartorial package that can offer multiple different looks.

Achieving this end result relies on a certain amount of depth. The closer you look at an ergonomic outfit, the more you want to be able to see. So, how do you do it?

Using Depth for Fall and Winter Outfits

Layering- When you layer garments, you're bound to get a certain amount of depth. Each layer helps to provide the ensemble with unique contours and unexpected surprises. Understanding how to layer properly means gong back to the basics.


  • Thin to Thick- It isn't unusual to see men wearing flannel shirts and v-necks in the dead of winter. While this looks appropriate, it's actually wrong. Because the flannel is a heavy material, may men doing this opt for a thinner v-neck, as they already feel cosy and warm with the flannel shirt. Really, the two types of fabric should be switched. A lighter fabric close to the skin allows your skin to breath more easily, while an outer layer of heavy material provides warmth.


  • Appropriate Fabrics- During the colder seasons, be sure to choose the appropriate fabrics for your outer layers. Some of the most common are flannel, corduroy, merino wool, mohair, and tweed. A tweed jacket over a lighter cotton dress shirt will keep you comfortable and cosy all night long.


  • Mixing Textures- If you want to mix different fabrics and textures when wearing men's suits or a tweed jacket this season, you can. You just have to make sure you do it correctly. If you aren't sure how to, consider sticking to neutral tones. Because these colours are muted and simple, they can help you pull together various textures without much effort.


Depth and Texture- Speaking of texture, it's not just something to consider when layering. The right textures can help you create depth in an outfit. Think for a moment about how your tie affects the way your men's suits look. If you have two different ties, one a matte wool and the other a shiny silk, both are going to look completely different when you pair them with the same suits.

The shiny silk tie would look best at a city wedding or in the office, especially if it was complimented by a a sharp and stylish suit. The matte wool tie, however, wouldn't fit in at the office very well; it would look more appropriate with a men's tweed jacket at an outdoor event.

Choose the textures you use carefully; they have the power to enhance or ruin your look.


Tonal Outfits- In autumn and winter 2014, monochrome has become the trend and tonal outfits are still extremely popular. In fact, many men today are wearing everything navy. If you're new to the world of style and fashion, this can be difficult for you to pull off.

The key consideration for tonal ensembles comes down once again to texture. When you're wearing everything in the same colour, there has to be some way to clearly divide one piece of clothing from the next, especially when the shade or tone doesn't make a drastic change.

When you're experimenting with texture, a general rule of thumb is to avoid combining too much of the same thing. You can do this by, and still stick to the same colours you want to wear, by choosing fabrics of different feelings and weights.


Depth and Patterns- Just like with layering, using prints and patterns with an ensemble can naturally add depth. If you pick the right patterns, you can even create multiple looks with the same items of clothing.

When using patterns and prints to add depth to an ensemble, always remember to anchor them with one basic neutral hue. Even patterns that have two or three colours will still look appropriate if there is a neutral base keeping it in line. Patterns like checks, polka dots, and paisley can add interest, individuality, and character to your wardrobe without much effort on your part.

Patterns shirts can be especially useful when you're layering, as they add subtle but noticeable areas of interest to the complete ensemble. They can be covered by a tweed jacket, cardigan, or jump and become a focal piece of the look you're trying to achieve.


Depth by Colour- The colours of fall and winter are beautiful ones, and you should take advantage of them, particularly if you want to add depth to your ensemble. Hues like bold reds, mustard, oranges, greens, and purples can bring an outfit to life and make a statement about your style.

Knitwear is a layering option that provides the perfect canvas for adding bright colours into the mix. With their texture, the bright impact of the colour you choose will remain controlled so it doesn't appear overwhelming. Try pairing a mustard-coloured knit with a while dress shirt, grey trousers, and a green tweed coat for a smart-casual look that doesn't quit.


Remember the Details- When everything is said and done, even the most simple alterations to your look can affect the depth you achieve. You can influence depth by leaving your shirt un-tucked, rolling up your sleeves, wearing printed socks, or leaving off the tie. Every decision you make can affect how your ensemble looks when you're finished.

When you're putting together a stylish ensemble, depth should be one of the most important things you consider. Your outfit should work well as you add or remove any kind of layers through out the day; it should work well at every level while still providing a fabulous overall look.

Achieving that depth isn't always easy, but it can be done with the right patterns, colours, and materials. The next time you put on men's suits or wear a tweed jacket, take a second look in the mirror. Are you adding depth the way you should be, in a way that helps to show off your style?

By Brook Taverner 20 October 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments