Tortoiseshell and kidskin

December 16th 2013

As someone who has spent too much of the past year redeveloping a website, I take my hat off to Will, who has accomplished a much more fundamental redesign over at A Suitable Wardrobe – melding the blog with the ASW store. One of the hardest th...

Tortoiseshell and kidskin

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Thought I'd replied but must have not come through. My first ones were great in terms of fit, but a tiny bit too long in the thumb, especially given the slight downwards slip when walking. This was rectified as part of t...

Glasses and jewellery - StyleDecember 16th 2013

How to dress in hot weather

July 25th 2013

The remarkable heat in London over the past two weeks has led to a few questions from readers as to the best way to stay cool in tailoring. Here are my top five tips. 1 Wear linen Linen is a wonderful cloth: breathable and cool to the touch. Although...

How to dress in hot weather

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I think you'll be fine, but if in doubt, try to try one on somewhere first...

StyleJuly 25th 2013

Merola gloves

February 8th 2013

Rather like Maglia, which we discussed earlier in the week, Merola is among the very best makers in its field – in this case, gloves. Both are also based in Rome and have a similarly stellar roster of private-label clients. There is more compet...

Merola gloves

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No, sorry Antonio, never tried them...

Hanks and scarvesFebruary 8th 2013

The odd waistcoat for formal occasions

November 2nd 2012

I recently wrote about my favourite evening combination – blue shirt and grey/silver tie with a navy or charcoal suit. This is a rather more dressy combination for formal events and dinners, making use of a waistcoat more usually worn with a mo...

The odd waistcoat for formal occasions

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Look at the 'fishy and polo' post and also th choppin and lodge suit. Same cutter...

StyleNovember 2nd 2012

Panta clothing: new trousers and site

July 2nd 2012

Trousers are easier to tailor than a jacket. They’re not straightforward, as everyone’s waist to seat ratio varies, but the problems are at least largely in two dimensions. Because trousers are simpler, you can spend less money on them. Y...

Panta clothing: new trousers and site

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Hi Simon, Wondering what RTW trousers you recommend - particularly for a 28 waist? I typically wear Incotex trousers but wanted to find something new. Thanks...

July 2nd 2012

The perfect pants: Stocking up on Zimmerli

June 27th 2012

Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE Several months ago I undertook a project on Permanent Style to find the best underwear in the world, in terms of both quality and style. I interviewed Zimmerli, The White Briefs, Sunspel and Hanro, and tes...

The perfect pants: Stocking up on Zimmerli

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Thanks Phil. I have one I use for knitwear, hadn't thought of it to avoid pilling on underwear...

June 27th 2012

Reader question: Summer shoes

May 30th 2012

Edward Green Pimlico, unlined Hi Simon, I have been searching the internet but not really found anything that really helps, unless I have been asking Google the wrong questions. Anyway, with the weather finally being that of the south of France, goin...

Reader question: Summer shoes

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Thanks for that information, Simon. That's really helpful and much appreciated. I'll pursue those options, especially Falke. Kind regards, David...

Reader questions - ShoesMay 30th 2012

Christmas suggestions

December 7th 2011

If you’re anything like me, Christmas shopping begins in earnest this week. Just long enough ahead to get everything done, but little enough time to inject a little panic into the process. Here are a few suggestions from a few of my favourites....

Christmas suggestions

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Excellent post....

StyleDecember 7th 2011

Belgian slippers from A Suitable Wardrobe

September 19th 2011

I love my Tod’s driving shoes. For two years now I have worn them every evening when I return from work and they’ve only improved with age. This has been considerably helped by the fact that I don’t wear them outside – like so...

Belgian slippers from A Suitable Wardrobe

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No I wouldn't, you don't really need to - there isn't the internal structure or risk of the shoe drying and curling at all...

ShoesSeptember 19th 2011

Feedback on the A Suitable Wardrobe store

August 3rd 2011

I wrote almost a year ago how impressed I was with Will at A Suitable Wardrobe setting up a store, to sell his taste and knowledge of European manufacturers to the blog’s readership. Since then the store has grown and I have purchased many thin...

Feedback on the A Suitable Wardrobe store

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Kayhan wrote: "I have been trying to get some Simonnot-Godard pocket squares, could you help where I could find them beside's Will's store." I found them in a small webshop in Denmark too: http://grunwald-true-style.com/...

August 3rd 2011

Bespoke blue voile shirt

May 23rd 2011

It was a pleasure having dinner with Will of A Suitable Wardrobe in San Francisco last week, if only for the wonderful food at Kokkari and Eleni, our lovely waitress. But perhaps most sartorially significant was that I picked up two metres of blue vo...

Bespoke blue voile shirt

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Yes I know, the increases of costs everyone has experienced are really unfortunate - they pull much of this finest clothing out of the reach of more people...

ShirtsMay 23rd 2011

A Suitable Wardrobe store

November 12th 2010

I admire people that put their money where their mouth is. Becoming an entrepreneur, setting up on one’s own, trying to make money selling your taste to the world. It’s ballsy. Writing a blog doesn’t risk anything, other than exposi...

A Suitable Wardrobe store

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A Fine Pair of Shoes are a very good and trustworthy supplier of Saphir products....

November 12th 2010

Confusing seven-fold ties

October 26th 2009

A seven-fold tie doesn’t necessarily have seven folds anymore. That isn’t because of corporate marketing and shortcuts (though the ‘VII fold’ from a certain manufacturer might qualify for that description). Rather, different w...

Confusing seven-fold ties

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It depends what you mean by quality. It takes more time, silk and perhaps skill to make a seven fold, but the materials and methods are the same. There's no objective benefit, it's just a nice artistic object...

TiesOctober 26th 2009

Thread on Style Forum

August 17th 2009

I was honoured to be compared to A Suitable Wardrobe on a recent thread at Style Forum. Thank you for the kind words posted there. I can only say I hope to some day have the breadth of knowledge, experience and insight of Will. I also hope that we bo...

Thread on Style Forum

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Love reading though your site, daily inspiration, cheers...

August 17th 2009

Interview: Developing a love for clothes 2

August 13th 2009

The second part of an interview with Olly Watkins, adventurer on the choppy seas of style. ( First part here.) What’s your favourite accessory right now? It’s a toss up between the shoes I am wearing, a new pair of brown Derbys from Barke...

Interview: Developing a love for clothes 2

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Der Mr. Crompton, My question is: can you offer some advice on traveling and packing for traveling and extended holidays? I will be on a 10 week holiday in Western Europe this late summer-fall. I am at a loss as to how m...

StyleAugust 13th 2009

Sweaters cannot be stylish and practical

April 22nd 2009

A waistcoat is a practical piece of clothing. It keeps the trunk of your body warm, leaves your arms free and pins your tie in place. A waistcoat is also stylish. It allows for the possibility of different colours underneath a jacket and elongates th...

Sweaters cannot be stylish and practical

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The phrase "tank top" is unfortunate, as it has also been used for the singlet type of vest. "Slipover" or "sleeveless pullover" avoids the ambiguity. "Tank top", I believe, was coined in the 1970s....

April 22nd 2009

Sleeve length, yes, but tightness also

March 12th 2009

The length of your shirt sleeves is important. At the correct length, they display the slightest strip of linen peeking out at the bottom of your suit sleeves, defining the colours and the shape of each. It is a key locus of style, the display of the...

Sleeve length, yes, but tightness also

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Thanks! If they are uneven or sinuous at the end; is this a sign of poor craftsmanship? Cutberto...

March 12th 2009