One of my favorite things to teach are different “style hacks” that will allow you to ensure you’re going to look good. Probably my favorite of these “hacks” is base-layering. This is a concept where you wear a solid-colored base layer of pants and a shirt and then build around it to create different vibes in your looks.

Today, I put together three looks from Calvin Klein to show you just what I mean.

In this first look, I’m showing you that you can totally wear your base layer all on its own and look great. This graphic tee from Calvin Klein is a great way to set yourself apart from everyone else and you can never go wrong with classic CK denim in a slim straight fit. Adding in a crossbody bag gives you some added style as well as some extra places to put things so your pockets aren’t bulging and uncomfortable.

In this next look, I started with my all black base layer and then build around it with this Utility Overshirt from Calvin Klein. I love the way it contrasts with the all black of the outfit but also adds in some style and warmth for the fall-transitional season.

Here’s a look at the full outfit. As you can see I swapped out the shoes for something a bit dressier than sneakers for more of a Night Out type vibe.

Finally, in this last look, I’ve opted for more of an actual jacket in this heavier flannel from CK versus something lighter like the last overshirt. This works nicely because it allows the design of the graphic tee to show a bit through the open jacket but also adds additional warmth due to the heavier material of the flannel.

Keep this tactic in mind the next time you need to get yourself dressed! It’s a fool proof move that I really love.

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About the author

I'm Parker York Smith, a curious dude still very much figuring everything out. I hail from the Midwest but have been dwelling in Los Angeles for the last few years being a pretty stereotypical west coast transplant. I'm a fashion geek, I love to walk (a LOT) and I do my best to find the bright side. I'm extremely excited about this blog and hope that (with some hard work and luck) it turns into what I believe it can. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please get in touch with me via my social networks (which can be found in the sidebar) or email me at

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