Like reapplying the layers of an onion: mayering (man layering), in the sartorial sense, is a craft that if not done carefully, the end result will undoubtedly be a sweaty, two-cardigan-too-many mess. While no cardigans take part in the mayering event about to unfold before your very eyes, they are not often absent from a good 8 piece outfit. What we can look forward too: transition sleeves, cuffed pants and the henley.
Here we begin our tale of the man that could (layer) – with a henley and blue chinos. Cuffing and chinos are practically synonyms and I wasn’t about to keep those two apart. The trick to mayering is starting with something that doesn’t ooze weight, so the aforementioned cotton henley works mantastically. I’m so sorry.
Slouchy, I-just-rolled-outta-my-equally-slouchy-bed is the new put together. Trust me. So forget neatly tucking in that henley when you head to the next step of your mayering adventure: the crew sweater. Partaking in said tucking of the henley would defeat the purpose of the beaut and, of course, mayering. Tip: opting for a peppered pattern crew is a great alternate to the every day solid, if bright colors and flashing neon lights, lights, lights, scare you.
An obvious staple in any mayering tale is the jacket and I chose one that reeked of transition sleeves. What is life if it doesn’t include multi-textured jackets? That’s right, nothing, a black abyss of solid cotton and nylon.
Almost there. I can see the proverbial light right now and it’s a murse. Or if you prefer: matchel, mag or mack (satchel, bag, or pack). Whatever you call it, incorporate it into your mayering and you’ll feel polished to sartorial perfection.
Links: Have you heard? Club Monaco just launched their online store in Canada. So, all you fine gentlefolk who can’t make it to a store can finally have you’re very own CM shizit. And almost all my mayering essentials are of CM origin: henley, chinos, crew sweater. Vintage jacket. Citizen watch. Vintage murse. Old vans.