Are you one of those guys who wants to look stylish but finds it doesn’t come all that naturally? We feel you. Don’t fret: With some advice from LA-based stylist Rayne Parvis, we’re all going to learn how to dress a little better. In this edition, we’re figuring out how to dress when it’s cold and crisp in the morning, hot and humid in the afternoon and freaking snowing on the trip home from work. Spring—why, man?
Step #1: Learn to Layer
The best defense against indecisive weather is layering your clothes. That way, you can remove the top layers if you get too hot and put them back on if you get too cold. This might sound simple, but if you get it wrong, you’ll wind up looking like you’re wearing your entire closet at once.
Fortunately, layering correctly is easy when you know how. “The key to layering is making sure each separate layer is visible—for example, you don’t want to wear a crewneck T-shirt underneath a crewneck sweater,” Parvis explains. “Instead, you could wear a crewneck tee underneath a V-neck sweater, which looks a lot more purposeful than just throwing stuff on.” For a simple (but fashionable) layered look, Parvis recommends an undershirt, a V-neck sweater and a bomber jacket, leather jacket or peacoat.
Step #2: Wear Complimentary Colors
One of the easiest ways to make each layer noticeably different from the rest, according to Parvis, is to wear colors that don’t clash—avoid wearing primary colors (red, yellow and blue) with other primary colors and secondary colors (orange, purple and green) with other secondary colors. If you’re unsure about a specific color pairing, refer to our extensive guide on how to choose colors that go together.
Step #3: Add Accessories
Scarfs are the ultimate accessory when facing finicky whether, according to Parvis, since you can drape them around your neck when it’s warm outside, then wrap them up tight when it cools off. Parvis also recommends investing in a waterproof chukka boot, which won’t be too hot in warm weather but will keep your socks dry if it rains.
Now get out there and show the weather who’s boss. Unless, of course, hurricane-force winds are throwing hail everywhere. If that’s the case, we recommend wearing pajamas in the comfort of your own home.
If you have any questions about getting the look you want—fits, cuts, colors or anything else fashion-related—leave it in the comments and we’ll have a stylist answer it in an upcoming post.