Joshua Kissi: There’s no incorrect direction in approaching the etiquette of layering, especially when it serves a practical function like shielding you from the frigid weather. The trick to mastering the art of layering is to consider color, cut, and silhouettes that look keen to the eye. There is a natural progression with layering. The thinnest garments should be closest to your body with the thicker pieces being layered over those.
This is the first in a series of posts that will focus on particular garments best suited for layering, whether it’s in cold or warm weather. Someone who understands the art of layering to a T is our Black Ivy colleague and fellow blogger Kjohnlasoul.
One of these pieces is the all-American favorite jean jacket. The jean jacket was a staple among the early working class, in part, because the highly durable fabric allowed frequent wear. There’s a broad spectrum of possibilities to consider when discussing the jean jacket because of the numerous cuts, color palettes, and brands to take into account. When you think of jean jackets, Levi’s and Lee immediately come to mind.
- The Brooklyn Circus 8-panel cap
- Vintage Carhartt jacket
- Levis Type 2 jean jacket
- Vintage suede utility shirt
- J.Crew urban slim-fit chino
- J.Crew camp socks
- Florsheim wingtip chukka
Fit Description: Some of the items we wear and posts seem like diamond-in-the-rough finds, but Levi’s jean jackets are readily accessible, whether they’re new or vintage. The jacket lends itself to many layering possibilities, with my favorite being worn under a blazer.
I came across this sensational Carhartt jacket in one of my favorite thrift stores. The corduroy shoulders and collar were everything I needed. The jacket also has a detachable quilt blanket lining, which provides great warmth. Speaking of warmth, these marled camp socks provide the perfect balance of durability and comfort in inclement weather such as the blizzard that just hit us. I would recommend investing in a pair to fight off frostbitten extremities.
Whether layered or not the denim jacket will remain a classic piece you can have the ability fit into your wardrobe every season.
“Denim jackets were originally created for the workplace; they were a part of the overall denim outfit that was rugged and durable, helping to keep parts of the body safe” – Todd Burton