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Between-season layering for lads

It’s just one of those things, as soon as you’ve got your summer style down, the season slips from your grasp along with the blazing sun.

It’s just one of those things, as soon as you’ve got your summer style down, the season slips from your grasp along with the blazing sun. But rather than rush to the basement to dig out ye olde jumpers before their time has properly come, make the most of the in-between season by mastering a gentlemanly lesson in layering.

Neutral nonchalance

Layering is an art, you see. Doing it improperly begets the ‘onion effect’, i.e. you’re bundled awkwardly and everyone around you starts to cry. But not to worry, we here at Tu have put together your late summer lesson plan in the form of five mix and match looks to help you layer yourself effortlessly, sans onion, from summer into autumn.

1. Neutral nonchalance

When layering neutrals, the key is to balance warm tones with cool to avoid a flat, washed-out effect, hitting that lightweight sweet spot. These minimal lichen green chinos teamed with a sand-coloured cardigan are pared down Italian á la Prada, given an English heritage twist by layering over a smart button-up granddaddy tee. Finish with sporty light-brown sneakers for a quintessentially London feel.

2. Red, white and blue

Mixing and matching traditional menswear pieces and sportswear is a contemporary take on casualwear, layering above and beyond the boring shirt-and-jacket. We love covering up this short-sleeved madras shirt with a navy zip-up hoodie instead of a navy blazer. Teamed with these light khaki shorts and paired with classic navy plimsolls, you still get that Tommy Hilfiger, yacht-club-ready aesthetic, but without the stiffness.

Red, white and blue

3. 50 shades of blue-grey

When layering within a single colour family, the important thing is to vary shade and texture to keep your basics from boring. We’ve kept this blue-grey look Calvin Klein clean; each layer plays up the texture of the other, working a washed out grey palette shot through with contrast navy. Layer a striped tee under a denim short-sleeved button-up (can be worn open or closed), and keep this marl grey sweatshirt nearby for when the sun goes down.

50 shades of blue-grey

4. Dapper denim

Strike a posh yet laid back look by teaming upscale calling cards (e.g. this crisp white collared shirt and man moccasins) with fitted beat-up denim and a zip-up hoodie. Think Tom Ford’s day off: tuck in the shirt and finish with a polished belt.

Dapper denim

5. Head for the hills

Last but not least, take a cue from the active wear-inspired fashion on the autumn menswear runways with this Pringle of Scotland meets Patagonia look from the great outdoors. This smart ensemble of quilt-detailed hiking boots, forest green cargoes and summer plaid shirt, whose orange and green tones are perfectly complemented by this teal parka, is the perfect look for a day trekking in the country with your lads, or a great brunch adventure in town with your lady.

Head for the hills