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Layering Guide

Don't get us wrong, we love a great fitting tee. But we get all giddy when it comes to the L-word (layers!!). With Fall wasting no time in sending the sun packing, staying warm is quickly becoming priority number one. Piling on a bunch of sweaters isn't exactly the smartest (nor stylish) solution. The good news is we’ve broken down some essential layering piece you need to have at your disposal this season. 

When it comes to layering, a light-to-medium gauge cardigan or zip-up (ideally in a temperature-regulating fabric such as Merino wool) is a versatile choice. Merino’s an active fibre – it reacts to changes in body temperature, keeping you warm on crisp autumnal days, and cool if the weather is unseasonably warm.

 

Few jackets can be worn in quite as many ways as the Chore jacket. Usually unlined and in a hard-wearing fabric such as cotton drill or moleskin, it’s ideal for a range of casual looks from all-out workwear through to off-duty tailoring. It can also be layered under a heavier garment, or over something lighter such as knitwear or a vest. Due to its boxy cut it can easily accommodate a chunky roll neck underneath, or an equally functional utility vest if you want to maximize the pockets available to you.

 

The overshirt can be treated in a similar way to the chore jacket in that it can worn in a hundred different ways. Open over a T-shirt, buttoned up under an overcoat, or even worn over a lighter shirt, it’s the utility player capable of doing it all. However, the overshirt needs to have a slightly boxy, almost oversized cut, which will allow it to be worn over another shirt and should be made from a heavier weight fabric than the shirt worn underneath to differentiate the two.

Warm, elegant and a lot easier than messing around with buttoned cuffs, a nice knitted sweater makes a sophisticated and hassle-free alternative to a shirt, and looks its least ‘math teacher’ when paired with an overcoat.

To tie the look together, consider going tonal up top with a navy blue knit under navy outerwear, or set off a camel coat with a rust or burnt orange design.

Just as overcoats can be dressed up, they can also easily be dressed down. Chuck an overcoat into the mix over a hoodie and things get considerably more exciting. 

The Bomber Jacket

Originally created for military pilots, the Bomber jacket, also known as the Flight jacket and very close cousin to the Varsity jacket, has gone on to become a bona-fide menswear classic and a modern-day must-own for any style-conscious gent. Comfortable, cool and effortless, the outerwear silhouette has been adopted by casual wear lovers for generations, still holding its own as a fashion staple to this very day. From high-end to high street, the bomber continues to be revived and reinvented season upon season, with little sign of stopping. For this Fall/Winter season, we have four equally sharp yet cosmetically different choices to cover all the bases.

Outclass - Bomber Jacket - Olive & Black

 

When that colder weather sets in, a bomber jacket may not be the most obvious choice to layer over formalwear, but it can look just as sharp as a blazer during the summer. If you want the smart bomber look, team your jacket with a crisp white shirt, slim-cut chinos and a pair of loafers/monk-straps for a dress-down look. Don't be afraid to pair a Bomber with a tie as well. The zipper or buttons should blend in and pockets remain empty of anything other than your hands. Stick to minimal collar and cuffs that echo the jacket’s body. But above all else, never do it all the way up. You need to spot the shirt and tie below to tilt your look towards the formal.

Dangerfield - Cashmere/Wool Varsity Bomber Jacket - Black



Born out of the American school system, the varsity jacket has gone on to cement its rightful place within the wardrobes of men worldwide. Traditionally, this silhouette features a wool torso, button fastening, ribbed cuffs and waistband, contrast leather sleeves and a boxy fit – yet the modern industry definition isn’t so rigid. Sidestep all preppy and Ivy League connotations by combining your modern varsity jacket with simple casual staples – think slim-cut chinos, selvedge denim, sneakers and neutral T-shirts.

STILL BY HAND - Wool Zip-Up Rib Blouson Jacket - Charcoal

One of the jacket’s many strengths is undoubtedly the breadth of versions designers can offer, and therefore are available at many price points. Men looking for an alternative to a blazer have quickly realized that a simple bomber shape in suede looks grown-up, expensive and goes with pretty much everything else in their wardrobe. Put simply, the bomber is season-less, ageless and adaptable to all manner of fabrics. If you aren't sure how to style it, when in doubt, go minimal. 

3sixteen - Stadium Jacket - Black

George Gets Curious - Dangerfield

We've brought in a number of new brands this season to Muddy George. Each has their own styling cues, characteristics and beliefs that define them as a brand and collection. Some of the brands you may have heard of, as their a bit more well known. But one brand we certainly didn't know much about before he strolled into the shop to show us the collection (travelling salesman style) was Dangerfield, from Victoria, BC, Canada. Helmed by Alex Davies, Dangerfield aspires to create pieces that last both physically and aesthetically. We've received our fall shipment and we recently spoke with Alex about his collection, living in Victoria and eating pizza.

First things first, tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m 23, and Graduated from UVic last year majoring in Economics. I’ve been running Dangerfield for about 4 years now.

Cats or Dogs?
Dogs, I don’t trust cat people.
 
Why did you start Dangerfield?
I just started to make pieces for myself and after people wanted their own, a few boutiques wanted to stock the brand. Not being able to find clothes that I really loved or would wear everyday inspired me to make that first piece. If you’re also really interested in an industry but can’t get hired anywhere, the best thing you can do is start something yourself.
 
Have you ever cried while watching a movie? If yes, which was your first one?
Hahah I don’t think so, at least not that I can remember.

 


What’s the biggest inspiration for the collection?
Whereas some designers might build a collection around a certain theme or idea, the collections I’ve put out so far have been more practical than anything. Each piece has been centered around the concept of well made, versatile pieces that don’t have a very specific demographic. I think in the future, it would be interesting to see how our customers react to having the choice of those classic seasonal pieces as well as collections inspired by something much more specific.
 
What’s your favourite place to grab a bite to eat in Victoria?
Lately I’ve been going to Fiamo a lot, good vibes and a great bar next door (Lucky). I’m down for pizza any day. 
 
What's the first thing that comes to mind to describe your personal style?
Uniform. People make fun of me all the time for almost always wearing the same thing. I also think subtlety is key; wearing those pieces that you enjoy the most especially if it means no one knows what brand you’re rocking.

What types of vacations do you prefer?
Relaxing on the beach, don’t take me on a hike. If I want to get a workout in, I’ll go to New York.

What’s up next for Dangerfield?
We’ve really been working on locking down our supply chain. I think now that it’s at a place I’m happy with, I can really start to explore some different creative avenues which is really the main reason why I wanted to work in this industry. In time for the next Fall buying season, I’d like to have tons of different outerwear options as well as a full line of accessories.
 
How many pillows do you sleep with? Thick or thin pillows?
A couple hahaha. Gotta be thick too. We aren’t camping so why would you choose otherwise?