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Layering 101: Understanding Fabrics, Textures, and Colors


The ultimate roadmap for layering 101 has arrived. 

Whenever you add a new piece to your wardrobe, you likely start imagining what other items you will wear it with. But before you spend time pulling out everything in your closet to try to create the perfect outfit - read this. 

We’ve pulled together your go-to layering outfit guide for the right fabrics, textures and colors to pair together for maximum comfort, versatility and cohesive style across all seasons. No mismatching or fashion faux pas here. 


Cutter and Buck Clothing Guide | How to Layer:

Back to Basics

Before you get started, remember the golden rule of layering - stack smart. Stick to two to three light layers to adjust to shifting temperatures without limiting your mobility. 

Bottom Layers: To avoid overheating, start with a light, moisture-wicking material that’s often found in t-shirts and polos. 

Recommended Fabrics: Spandex for stretch, cotton for maximum breathability.

Top Layers: For top layers, go for sweaters, jackets or that zip or button to lock in your body temperature.

Recommended Fabrics: Warm materials such as sherpa, down-alternative insulation or fleece. 


How to Wear Color 

Now, there are a few ways to explore your color options. Depending on the season and fashion statement you want to make, your layered look will vary. There are a few routes to take, but we’ll show you two options.

Color Tip #1: Stick with a theme. Choose your favorite color, and layer accordingly with light and dark tones. 

Style Sample: Coastal Blues 


Bottom Layer: Cutter & Buck Womens Pathway Zip Mock

woman wearing zip mock

Easy and breezy, this polo is one of our sleekest styles with its versatile zipper. For a polished look, we chose this fabric for its clean matte appearance and breathable jersey material. 

Product Features:

  • CB DryTec UPF 50+
  • Moisture wicking
  • Mock neck with contrast binding and zipper placket
  • Machine Washable

Price: Select Colors $29.00 
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Top Layer: Cutter & Buck Shoreline Heathered Womens Full Zip Jacket 

woman wearing shoreline zip

One of our most comfortable layers, this full zip lightweight jacket is blended with a balance of our high quality drytec polyester and spandex for stretch and durability. The subtle stripe will add depth to any look, which is why it pairs great with a solid polo or tshirt. 

Product Features:

  • 92% polyester, 8% spandex Heather Knit Stripe
  • Wide zip placket with fold-over shawl collar
  • Hidden zip pocket at bottom hem
  • Machine Washable

Price: Select Colors $49.00
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Color Tip #2: Mix neutrals and bright colors. If you’re going bold with your pattern or color choice, pair it with a neutral, subtle color, such as white or beige. 


Style Sample: Neon Neutrals 


Bottom Layer: Cutter & Buck Northgate CB DryTec Short Sleeve Mens Polo 

man wearing green polo

Remember - you can never go wrong with a classic polo. With several neon styles to choose from, our textured jacquard fabric is made with our drytec polyester, which is durable and wrinkle resistant. 

Product Features:

  • 100% Polyester
  • Moisture-wicking
  • UPF 50+ UV Sun Protection
  • Machine washable

Price: $55.00
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Top Layer: Cutter & Buck Stealth Hybrid Quilted Mens Windbreaker Vest 

man wearing gray vest

This neutral vest is perfect to pair with any bold shade of your choice. To keep you moving freely, we combined our stretchy drytec polyester with lightly quilted outerwear fabric for a match made in hybrid heaven.

Product Features:

  • Shell: 100% woven polyester
  • Knit: 89% polyester, 11% spandex heather jersey knit
  • Moisture-wicking fabric
  • Machine washable

Price: $115.00
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How to Switch up Your Textures 

When mixing different textures and patterns, proceed with careful caution. See our two tips below to be aware of. 

Texture Tip #1: Combine bold with basics. If you want to wear stripes, polka dots, or patterns, choose one, and pair it with a sleek piece. 


Style Sample: Stripes and Sweaters


Bottom Layer: Cutter & Buck Womens Reach Oxford Stripe Popover Shirt

woman wearing dress shirt

As the bottom layer, you’ll want to go for something supremely soft. This tri-blend material does the trick, blended with cotton and spandex. And, the oxford striped pattern and collar looks great under any sweater.

Product Features:

  • 52% Cotton, 45% Polyamide, 3% Spandex
  • UPF 35+ UV Sun Protection
  • CB DryTec Moisture Wicking & Breathable
  • Machine washable

Price: Select Colors $49.00
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Top Layer: Cutter & Buck Lakemont Tri-Blend Womens V-Neck Pullover Sweater

woman on deck

Speaking of sweaters, this pullover is our go-to pick to pair with any pattern for its neutral tone and sleek texture. Between the flattering v-neck line and English shoulder, this sweater is a staple.

Product Features:

  • 80% Cotton, 17% Nylon, 3% Spandex 12GG Jersey
  • Contrast detailing at inside neck and sleeve cuff
  • English shoulder
  • Machine washable

Price: $100.00
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Texture Tip #2: Alternate fabric thickness. If you’re working with a dense texture, such as quilt, fleece or sherpa, pair it with a thinner, smoother piece to allow for more mobility. 


Style Example: Quilt and Quarter Zips


Bottom Layer: Cutter & Buck Response Lightweight Hybrid Quarter Zip Mens Pullover Windbreaker 

man wearing pullover with polo

The lightweight four-way stretch fabric on this windbreaker makes it easy to stay active and move with ease. A great piece to grab for in-between weather days, this packs into a suitcase or gym bag. . 

Product Features:

  • Woven front & back panel: 87% polyester, 13% spandex 4-way stretch fabric
  • Knit sleeves: 94% polyester, 6% spandex
  • UPF 50+ UV Sun Protection
  • Machine wash cold

Price: $100.00
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Top Layer: Cutter & Buck Rainier PrimaLoft® Mens Eco Insulated Quilted Shirt Jacket

man on boat

Casual and comfortable, this shirt jacket shows off with its detailed quilted pattern. The full zip with snap closures traps in body heat, and for easy storage, we designed this with a convenient chest pocket. 

Product Features:

  • 100% Nylon shell
  • Primaloft® Silver insulation made from 70% recycled polyester
  • Wind & water Resistant 
  • Machine washable

Price: Select Colors $88.00
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Ready to put all these tips into action? Explore our spring layers here.