The Base Layer

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It’s Monday, which means that a lot of us are back to the workweek grind. The Oscars were crazy last night and I’m sure it’s the talk of around a lot of water coolers today.

I’m showing off a casual look today and want to discuss the idea of the monochromatic base layer. When you check out my outfit today, you’ll see that I’m rocking jeans and a denim shirt that are almost the exact same shade of blue. This was intentional. It’s exactly what I said before, a base layer. The reason I did it is because I wanted the jacket and shoes to stand out.

This is a move that can be made in all circles of fashion. You can wear a contrasting blazer to work with matching shirt and slacks, you can do it at the gym with a workout jacket or even in a casual way with a shirt that you’re wearing unbuttoned over a black t-shirt and jeans.

By unifying the color of your shirt and pants, it creates a blank canvas for building around. Even my socks are a shade of blue so that my shoes have an extra pop. It’s a great way to show off a new pair of shoes. The shoes can match the color of your base layer as well if you only want the jacket to stand out, but making a statement with the shoes is in my nature, haha.

Even if you’re not worried about pronouncing one area of your look, it’s a great move to make to stay stylish. I did it in my 3 Ways to Style an Overcoat video with an all black base layer and the camel brown overcoat.

Try it this week with one solid color underneath and a contrasting color over the top in a shirt or jacket. I bet you’ll enjoy it!

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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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