How To Layer For Summer Nights

How To Layer For Summer Nights

As the sun continues to show no sign of disappearing throughout the month of August it's about time to nail lightweight Summer evening layering if you haven't already. Dressing for the hot days can be surprisingly hard here in the UK - we're certainly not used to this heat. You're probably getting bored of the same old t-shirt and shorts combo so let us give you a hand for tackling that difficult transition into the Summer nights with our 'how to layer' style guide.

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I think we can all peacefully agree that we have never had a British Summertime quite like this one, which is amazing, despite all the global warming talks... Anyways, another downfall is the lack of Summer staples and pieces within your wardrobe. You're probably rewearing your holiday clothes over and over again and it's just boring at this stage isn't it? The same old t-shirt and short combo from day into night with no thought of mixing it up with lightweight layering and accessories that can successfully take your daytime look into night effortlessly without much hassle. Let us guide you into how to lightweight layer your daytime Summer look into these warming evenings.

Bags Are The New Man's Best Friend

We know that bags aren't traditionally viewed as a layer, but as time goes on and trends come and go, the over-the-shoulder bag in menswear is beginning to stand the test of time and is beginning to become a key staple in menswear wardrobes no matter what your personal style is. From the streetstyle kids to the minimal contemporary Scandinavian look - there is a bag for every man.

What's great about these bags, alongside their functionality, is the rise of their design aspects adding to an outfit. For example, a simplistic approach to your outfit in terms of a neutral palette t-shirt and shorts combo paired with a well-designer over-the-shoulder bag elevates your look to the next level. Whether your vibe is effortlessly cool or willingness to stand out from the crowd, you should have one of these bags in your life. Another bonus being, under this intense heat, you're not exactly adding an extra layer of clothing to your outfit, you're just focus on a detailed accessory that will become the main vocal point of your look.

If over-the-shoulder bags aren't your game then fear not, there are other styles that can add the same visual benefits as the new dominant menswear bag. From tote bags that have niche graphic illustration designs on them to tongue-in-cheek slogans can add more print and personalisation to your shorts and t-shirt combo for the hotter days. What's great about these bags are their universal feel, and you can give a hint to passerby's on the street a little insight to your values, interests, sense of humour, and vibe off who you are. Tote bags, like the over-the-shoulder bag, have evolved with their design and durability over the years with a rise in their popularity. No longer are they just flimsy one standard bags - with an array of shapes, design, and materials encompassing the new tote has deemed them to becoming a staple in the modern man's life.


For When It Rains Wear Rains

In the same way that fishermen need to stay dry while they’re at sea, so do we, as we battle with impromptu British drizzle. It's a tragic truth that even during summertime in England we can safely expect our fair share of rain, so we need to be prepared. There are a number of lightweight raincoats that won't make you boiling hot in the summer but instead, will keep you nice and dry in style during the summer showers. Don't fret, though. The jackets can take you through the winter as well making them general all-rounders and a great wardrobe investment.

Our lightweight raincoats from The Idle Man make for the perfect summer addition. In one of these, you don't have to compromise on style to keep your hair dry. Coming in a few different colours, patterns and styles, we have every guy's style preferences under wraps. If you like to keep things understated and clean, opt for The Idle Man Lightweight Rubber Rain Jacket in Stone. You can wear this jacket over the top of a T-shirt or even an Oxford shirt with some black jeans and trainers (or loafers, if you're going smart). It's versatile, waterproof (obviously), has a drawstring hood and has a zip and snap closure to keep you dry at all times.

Layering With A Hoodie

If there’s one piece you buy this season, we'd suggest you go for the humble hoodie. Not only can we guarantee you’ll be bang on trend, but it’ll keep you cosy when you’re stood in the queue for the club or heading down the pub when the evening chills kick in. Now, when we say hoodie, a lot of you will automatically jump to the conclusion that we mean something scruffy and casual, but not all hoodies have to be. If you opt for one in a staple colour like black or navy, you can use them to layer at any point of the year.

This summer, you can keep your hoodie with you to keep you covered if it gets a little breezy in the day or for when the evening chills kick in. For a great look, wear a pair of white chinos and match them with a navy hoodie. This colour combinations already shouts summer vibes, so that's one box ticked. You can either wear trainers with this or some smart shoes for somewhere a bit nicer. Wearing smart shoes will dress the hoodie up, too.

Wearing a hoodie in the summer

Laying a Shirt and a T-shirt

If you’d prefer to blend in with the crowd, as opposed to standing out from it, then this summer layering option should be right up your street. Layering together a T-shirt and a shirt is both versatile and timeless look that can be worn as smart as it can casual. There are plenty of overshirts on the market at the moment. These are shirts which are a bit thicker and sturdier than the ones you'd wear every day, and they're made to be worn over the top of T-shirt for an extra layer of warmth/protection. When wearing a shirt over a T-shirt, try to keep the T-shirt as understated as possible. Plain T-shirts are best, but ones with a single logo etc. are also good.

It is also possible to use a shirt to inject a dash of pattern into your outfit. We stock a variety of patterned and colourful shirts that look great when layered over a plain T-shirt. From stripes to pink polka dots, you can really bring the summer vibes by wearing one unbuttoned. You can also wear this look with a pair of shorts or a pair of chinos, so no matter where you're off to, it'll work for you. If you are going to layer in summer then pick options that are easily removed and work without one another so you can have a multitude of looks at the ready.

How to Layer in Summer

  • The British weather can be so unpredictable, even in the summer. This is why we have some layering outfit options at the ready.
  • Raincoats never go out of season, not here, anyway. We have a range of lightweight raincoats in a plethora of styles to carry you through the rainy summer months.
  • Why not try wearing a hoodie in the summer? You can dress a hoodie up or down depending on what you wear it with. It will also give you an added cosy layer for the evening chills.
  • Layering a shirt over a T-shirt is an effortless way to layer in the summer. You can even add a patterned or coloured shirt to bring something fun to the outfit.

Summer layering

On That Note

We hope that we have given you a touch of summer layering inspiration, from pairing a raincoat with your summer outfit to knowing how to style a hoodie with a pair of loafers. This summer, you can make any look work as long as you know what you're doing. Keep the outfit minimal and add a splash of colour here or there to jazz it up. With these layering techniques, you'll never have to worry about being too hot or too cold in this unpredictable summer weather.


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