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PRODUCT STORY : LAYER UP

'Tis the season to start layering up (mainly so you can peel it all off as the weather gets warmer) . here is the Sounder guide to getting it right from our founders cathal and james

(all pinched from menswear articles for Jon or Charlie to rework)

The best thing about layering (apart from how good it looks when you get it right), is that as we move into spring you can peel garments off as it warms up, and throw them on again as it cools down.


There is, however, an art to the whole complicated business. It's not, after all, just about wearing all your clothes at once. So here, to help you get the hang of it, is our foolproof guide to layering up all of your everyday basics AND OUR TOP 5 ITEMS ON SITE.

THE CREW NECK T-SHIRT


The key with a crew neck is to build up more, interesting layers around it. An overshirt followed by a half zip, for instance. Texture interplay is also key – a fleece jacket worn with a brushed-cotton chino and a classic jersey tee will look interesting and unexpected on and off the course.

The polo shirt

A classic for every golfer, the  polo shirt is great on its own in summer, but as part of a layered outfit, you're best off teaming it with other high-neck items, like a zip-through funnel-neck and a gilet. Throw a smart, sharp-lined jacket like our Haar or Shivas over the top for extra contras.

THE GILET

The problem when something is sleeveless, padded and intended for  outdoor pursuits sports, is that the odds are instantly stacked against it, irrespective of how handy it may be for layering. But despite all that, the gilet has firmly infiltrated men’s autumn/winter wardrobes.

Fit and weight are crucial in bringing this piece into play – go too chunky, and you’re basically The Michelin Man and wont be able to swing a club, too tight, and nothing will fit underneath. In a win for fashion and function, the best gilets have got that midweight construction and aesthetics down, making them ideal for sliding underneath a jacket or as an easily removable top layer over a fleece or knit.

Don’t be shy of bold colours either, as this can pay dividends for your layering prowess. You should choose a colour that complements your existing wardrobe. That doesn’t necessarily mean neutral or boring though; a rust or silver gilet can be a great way to add interest to an otherwise pared-back look.

THE HOODIE

We’ve got a lot of love for the hoodie at Sounder. Of course, the trouble until recently was that beyond those years, it was inappropriate to be seen in one on the course. But not anymore. Over the past few years, the hoodie has gone more mainstream in golf, and it gets even better when recruited as a layer during autumn.

Pop one on under a gilet or jacket, or over your polo for a super comfy commute to the course.

Fond as we are of the recent trend for statement prints and sloganwear, resist the urge to become a walking billboard by opting for styles with minimal branding and added design details. Or risk the new classic being banished back to its adolescent bedroom.

 THE FLEECE

Inspired by his love of hiking and climbing, Cathal as keen to make our Himalayas fleece range a staple at Sounder and their ever growing popularity means they are here to stay. 

Our gilets and half zip gilets are perfect year round worn as a top layer or snug under a jacket. The Himalays jackets are ideal on and off the course...

KNITWEAR

Classic half zips, knitted polos - subtle branding, brilliant clours.