Layering for Men | Alison Knox

Alison Knox is a personal stylist and contributor to the Weller Journal. See her last piece on Expert Tips for Easy Layering for Women.

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As much as we don’t like to admit it, what we wear (and how we wear it) matters very much. 

You are your own personal brand and you have a lot of power over the message you’re sending through how you present yourself.

Before we talk clothing, the absolute most important thing to note is that fit is everything.  No matter what you’re wearing, how much you paid for it, how on-trend it is, if it doesn’t fit you, it is not working for you.  You can immediately lose whatever look you’re going for when the individual pieces are sloppy and ill-fitting.  It is worth spending a bit more time finding the correct fit for your body or visiting a tailor to customize great articles of clothing to your exact size.  

Now that we’ve gotten that cleared up, let’s talk about layering!  Layering is simply mastering the art of combining your clothing in ways that are fully functional (easy to move, keeps you warm, is comfortable) and aesthetically pleasing to the eye.  By adding even one additional piece to your outfit, it can help to elevate your entire look and keep it interesting and stylish.  And if practicality is your jam, with multiple pieces layered together, you can easily be ready to adjust your look for whatever the weather brings, which is always a good thing in Portland.  In order to help make it more accessible, I wanted to share a few ideas that I’ve found helpful with my male clients and friends.  These can help you see your closet in new ways but also assist in identifying where you may need to strategically shop for pieces to enhance versatility. 


1. Make sure every layer works. Each piece should work as a stand-alone item of clothing.

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You should be able to comfortably remove the outer layers and still have a complete outfit. 

This may be the hardest part of layering as it requires making sure each separate piece looks as good on it’s own as well as combined with other pieces.  Another great rule of thumb, and to avoid looking like the Michelin man, is to always layer thin to thick and light to heavy.  When you invest and focus on a strong base layer, building the rest of the look is a lot easier. 

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Here are some solid options for quality basics that will make mixing and matching your clothes a cinch: 

Everlane, Steven Alan , Unionmade, Uniqlo, Cos.


2. Mix the unexpected.

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  Currently in men’s fashion there is a blurring of the line between casual and formal.  Next level style includes incorporating pieces from different sections of your closet for a whole new combination.  Dress down a blazer by layering it over a hooded sweater or pair a button down shirt underneath a hoodie.  This can help you get more wear out of items you deem ‘dressy’ or ‘casual’ and actually make them work for you. 

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3. Make Subtle Statements.

Let’s talk about socks for a second.  Gone are the days of the white tube sock multi-pack from Costco.

Socks are a necessary layer for warmth and comfort but can also be a great opportunity to show a pop of fun and personality. 

Especially if the rest of your outfit is fairly neutral and streamlined, have a little fun with your socks!  Here are a few of my favorites sock options for dudes:  StanceJ Crew Camp Socks, J Crew Collab, Bombas.


4. Double up.

This refers to both color and type of clothing.   Why stop with a simple button-down shirt when you can layer another collar on top with a thicker shirt-jacket?  Also, monochromatic looks are a great way to take your look to a whole ‘nother level. 

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Combining multiple pieces in the same shade of navy, black or gray, or any neutral color, can effortlessly exude expert style. This is also an opportunity to experiment with mixing different fabrics and textures within the same color family.  Have fun with it!  


5. Accessories aren’t just for girls. 

A great way to add a bit of polish, personality and bring a look to completion is through the extras.  These are items like a great watch, cool glasses, leather belt, 5-panel hat, cuff bracelet, knit beanie etc. 

Choose items that feel like ‘you’ and they can be the last thing you throw on to make any outfit feel custom to your individual vibe.


Great style can require a bit of risk-taking.  My hope is that these ideas can create a bit of framework to work within as you take a closer look at the clothes in your closet and consider where to thoughtfully invest.

As always, all my Weller friends receive a free consultation with me!  Want to learn more about how I help my clients save time, energy and money and step out with confidence and ease every day?  Let’s talk!

Visit alisonknox.com for more goodness.

Expert Tips for Easy Layering (for Women) | Alison Knox

 
 

Fall / winter is hands-down my favorite time of year for dressing and I don’t think I’m alone in that.

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It brings with it an opportunity to get a bit more wear out of the pieces you’ve been enjoying all summer and have some fun styling them in new and unexpected ways.  But I’ve noticed this is also an area that is a particular pain-point for my clients when knowing what to wear as the weather gets cooler.  With this in mind, I wanted to share some ideas and inspiration to get a bit more play and creativity out of your closet!

 

1.     Focus on a great base layer in neutral colors…and repeat it.  

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These should be stand-alone pieces that fit well without needing to be covered up.  These may be items to strategically add to your closet in order to enhance the versatility, which allows you to shop with a bit more focus.  I love investing in a quality, great-fitting sweater and pants combo and then simply switch up the extras.  By simply changing up the jacket, shoes and accessories you keep it interesting and create an entirely new look with the same pieces.  When you have a bit of fun with the extras you can get far more wear from your clothes!

 

2.     Keep adding the layers.  

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This is where I see many of my clients stop short when putting together outfits.  When starting with your perfect base layer, keep adding from there!   For example: don’t simply put on a sweater and then your coat and call it good.  Throw a jacket over your sweater or a button-up or striped tee underneath.  And don’t be afraid to keep adding with others items in the same color family! You can have a lot of fun by incorporating different textures, colors and patterns.  And to take your look to the next level, don’t forget to roll up the sleeves of the outer layer and let the shirt underneath show off a bit.  This can help keep your look streamlined and a little more edgy.

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3.     Never underestimate the power of socks.  

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Since so many looks are built around cropped, cuffed or ankle-length pants, bare ankles can start to get very chilly.  The simple addition of fun, colorful socks can bring a necessary layer of warmth and show off your own personal style.  Make sure they’re in a complimentary color or pattern to the rest of the outfit.  Since I’m drawn to a more neutral wardrobe, I like to lean on socks as my understated pop of color.  A few of my favorite sock finds:  Aritzia, Stance, J. Crew.

 

4.     A scarf is always a great option.  

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With a more neutral, versatile wardrobe, a scarf can bring an added burst of fun to an outfit but also a warm hug around your neck.  This can be a wonderful addition for warmth and brings some fresh seasonal polish to last year’s sweaters and tops.


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My hope is that some of these will help you see your wardrobe through fresh eyes and also bring necessary direction when making those seasonal clothing purchases.  This is something I’m consistently helping my clients with in cleaning out those pieces that are no longer in line with where you are and being thoughtful and intentional with what you’re adding to your collection.  

For a free consultation, Send me a Message at alisonknox@gmail.com

I’d love to talk about how I can help you build a wardrobe that fully reflects the unique individual that is ‘you’ and makes getting dressed a fun experience again.  Feel free to reach out and let’s chat!

I’ve put together a little round-up of all my personal seasonal favorites which you can have fun perusing here.  Merry Christmas, friends!

2017 Holiday Gift Guide | Conscious by Chloé

Chloé Lepeltier is a French globetrotter now based in Portland, Oregon. Her passions span multiple disciplines — from feminist literature to sustainable fashion to backcountry snowboarding — with curiosity & creativity as the common thread. She infuses spontaneity, nature, and her eye for beauty to capture moments in words and images on her blog, Conscious by Chloé, where she chronicles her daily style, travels and life and aims to inspire and motivate her readers to live a simpler, greener and happier life.

"'Tis the season!
Shopping consciously, ethically, and sustainably for our loved ones at the end of each year (for those of us who celebrate the holidays) can be a dreadful task.
If you're like me, you keep a list of gift ideas all year long. But sometimes, things do not work out the way they should."

For Her:

For Him:

For this Holiday season, Chloé curated a complete eco-friendly & sustainable Gift Guide for her, for him, for the adventurer, for the cook, for the nerd, and for the little one.

 

Read more on Conscious by Chloé.

 

Just Finish It! Featuring Michael Knouse

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What are your 90 day objectives? How are you structuring your weeks to fall within that trajectory? What are you saying yes to that is taking you off course?
According to business performance coach @michaelknouse, getting strategic about your goal setting and giving yourself "2 week sprint scorecards" to break down the execution of those goals are crucial to getting things done.
"Just Finish It" was a success! Follow up with Michael and his website The Startup Sessions for more insight on unlocking your inner genius. Also, tune into his podcast to hear an upcoming interview with Weller founder

Huge thanks to Union Wine for sponsoring our evening!

Sunset Shoulders: A Movement Class

Wellness is more than a hobby. Your body is meant for more than pushing buttons on a computer.
Community is about more than drinking after work or watching a game on TV.
The Weller Society is a social club for good people and we're curating lots of great experiences for our members. Experiences that enrich and stretch us, entertain and inform us, experiences that make our lives better. And we're looking for more good people who want to go deeper. People like you.
Will you join us?

We had an incredible time at our Sensory Movement class with Cheri Anderson.

The restorative class was aimed at relieving neck and shoulder tension while also helping learn about our anatomy. 
 

Huge thanks to Tea Bar and Sackloth + Ashes for sponsoring our fun!

An Evening of Style: How to Refine Your Own Personal Style (Women Only)

Personal Stylist Alison Knox knows style. She also knows how powerful it can be to walk confidently in your identity and carry yourself with boldness. It's not all about the clothes you wear, but that's a great place to start.

We had a great time learning new tips and tricks, discovering insights into our personal brand, and walked away a little more confident in our style. 
PLUS... great wine and snacks, and terrific ladies. Not bad.

Huge thanks to Union Wine for sponsoring our fun!

LIVE ART: JUNE WELLER RESIDENT ARTIST MONIKA KRALICEK

Lots of fun last night with this month's Weller Resident Artist @monikakralicek.
She led a discussion about art, personal journey, identity, and breaking into the industry as a self-taught artist.
Thanks to everyone who came out and helped make last night an incredible experience!
Monika's art is for sale at The Weller House for a couple more weeks... send us a message for interested parties!

WELLER TALK: HOSPITALITY - Featuring Nick Purvis of Good Coffee

"There's no such thing as a neutral interaction, when you interact with someone you either leave them with a negative emotion or a positive one."
@purvisnation Nick Purvis of @goodcoffeepdx led a happy hour discussion this evening about hospitality. Nick, Sam and the rest of the Good Coffee team use coffee as a vehicle for positive change, cultivating and spreading a culture of hospitality, generosity and being good to other people through the city of Portland.

THE WELLER SOCIETY LAUNCH!

It was a party to remember.

Our community came together to celebrate the official launch of The Weller Society. Live jazz, incredible drinks by TeaBar, delicious food, and tons of great people. We also spent time in conversation led by some of our founders and early members about what The Weller Society is all about and how we can create something beautiful together here in Portland.

We followed the Thursday night kickoff up with a brunch at The Mark (Weller's premium offsite location) on Saturday Morning. More intimate conversations, tasty eats, and lots of mimosas.

A huge thanks to Cana's Feast, Widmer, and Tea Bar for sponsoring our fun!