Reader profile: David E

December 19th 2022

David is an example of a reader that has been into clothes for a long time, and now looks back on it from the perspective of a professional and father, fitting that interest into a life that has changed dramatically. A resident of south-east London...

Reader profile: David E

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I see your point, but it also seems like you wear them in a very limited amount of occasions, or at least very limited for me as I don't go to church and I don't go to the opera that often, so it would leave me with the ...

StyleDecember 19th 2022

A shopping guide to ready-made trousers

October 26th 2022

By Manish Puri If my years of reading Permanent Style have taught me anything, it’s that few things make a man look better than a tailored jacket. If my years of having eyes have taught me anything, it’s that few things make a man look w...

A shopping guide to ready-made trousers

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How hard it is to fit pleats depends rather on the person - how big they are in the hips and seat. The brands offer it because it's a smarter, more tailored style I assume...

TrousersOctober 26th 2022

The guide to Shetland sweaters: Part two, brands

December 15th 2021

By Manish Puri "In part one of this guide, we discussed the general styles and constructions of Shetland jumpers, which I hope helped provide context for which jumper is right for you and why. Now that you’ve eaten your metaphorical vegetables...

The guide to Shetland sweaters: Part two, brands

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I bought three Shetlands over the holidays. Some notes: 1. Drakes - they are now made by Jamiesons and the fit/ sizing has changed from previous models. I bought a large and consider it pretty much true to size. I’m no...

KnitwearDecember 15th 2021

The (17) made-to-measure tailors I have known

July 12th 2021

Although I haven’t covered the same number of MTM tailors as bespoke ones, Permanent Style has steadily accumulated a good range - from Kiton to Gieves, P Johnson to the Armoury. And really good made-to-measure is increasingly what younger re...

The (17) made-to-measure tailors I have known

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In London I'd look to Anderson & Sheppard, Trunk, Anglo-Italian, Drake's, though I can't remember the exact prices - they have largely gone up recently. You might have to look to someone cheaper, like perhaps Suit Supply...

Jackets - SuitsJuly 12th 2021

Desert boots (and knitwear, and bespoke) at Anglo...

June 4th 2021

Somehow, Jake and Anglo-Italian manage to keep relatively under the radar here in the UK, despite being one of the few classic-menswear shops keeping that spirit relevant. Perhaps it’s because they don’t actively seek out mainstream cov...

Desert boots (and knitwear, and bespoke) at Anglo...

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Nice! I'm wearing longer socks, but pretty much anything would work with desert boots like that Amit. I would more often wear a thicker ribbed sock to be honest...

Knitwear - ShoesJune 4th 2021

Outfits I got wrong

February 19th 2021

Everyone gets stuff wrong. We all have outfits we look back on years later, and cringe. Fortunately, I believe this is something where you learn and progress. It is not a cycle of fashions, where every few years you wear something different, and di...

Outfits I got wrong

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yes I would Jack...

Casual clothing - ShoesFebruary 19th 2021

Anglo-Italian made-to-measure jacket: Review

September 16th 2020

I know a lot of readers have been waiting for this review of Anglo-Italian, so I’ll go straight into summarising my thoughts. All of them have, as per usual, already been discussed openly with the brand (Jake). My made-to-measure Anglo-Italia...

Anglo-Italian made-to-measure jacket: Review

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I think you might have misread, Chee. I don't say that the buttonholes are non-functioning...

JacketsSeptember 16th 2020

The Summer Top Five: Adret, Anglo, Anthology, Con...

July 15th 2020

With stock delayed and most shops closed, there seemed less point in doing our regular Spring/Summer round-up earlier in the year. So here, rather later, is a Summer-targeted piece on items I've tried myself and especially recommend. I've also kept ...

The Summer Top Five: Adret, Anglo, Anthology, Con...

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Sure Chris. It's not something I wear outside of the house - but I presume that's what you mean? I wear Belgian loafers, or Sagans, but not really slippers...

Casual clothing - CoatsJuly 15th 2020

The best cloths of Spring/Summer 2020 – fea...

March 16th 2020

The headline news in this season’s round-up is the launch of Anglo-Italian cloth . That’s right, the shop that does MTM tailoring is also selling cloth that customers can take elsewhere to have made. The move was spurred, according to ...

The best cloths of Spring/Summer 2020 – fea...

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No I don't, sorry, unless you count someone like Loro Piana or Zegna. The Anglo project is pretty unique - and getting bigger I hear, there are some new bunches coming...

ClothMarch 16th 2020

Three RTW trousers compared: Drake’s, Anglo-Itali...

November 4th 2019

Readers regularly ask about the best options for quality ready-to-wear trousers, so I thought I’d compare three I own. They're three brands that will come readily to mind for those seeking trousers in London: Drake’s, Anderson &...

Three RTW trousers compared: Drake’s, Anglo-Itali...

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I tried drake's, they are great and fit well but the price is a little high. I ordered a pair from spencers trousers up north in yorkshire. £155 made to measure (they can copy your favourite pair of trousers) They use B...

TrousersNovember 4th 2019

Dressing for complexion and skin colour: Should y...

March 27th 2019

High contrast Readers regularly ask about whether they should wear certain colours, and why certain clothes might appear to ‘wash them out’. My opinion has always been that skin colour and complexion is less important than most think. Th...

Dressing for complexion and skin colour: Should y...

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When there's a stripe the cream will be much less noticed, yes. I wouldn't worry about the shade then. I'm not sure if the difference would even be that noticeable that it would be a good way for you to experiment with c...

StyleMarch 27th 2019

Our Spring/Summer Top 10, 2018

May 2nd 2018

Last week a friend in the industry asked me what aspect of writing Permanent Style I like the most. It is always, easily, discovering a new tailor, cloth or product that is different and inspiring. That journey from discovering something new, to see...

Our Spring/Summer Top 10, 2018

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Hey Gab, They have aged pretty well, yes, though I'd say Aspesi is generally a good Italian brand but not the best quality around. The materials in the polo were good, but there was nothing that special about the make. I...

Bags - Casual clothingMay 2nd 2018

High/low dressing

December 6th 2017

The biggest potential pitfall with tailored dressing is looking fussy. Fussy is not sexy; it is not attractive. It is closely related to appearing ‘affected’ or ‘mannered’. Looking relaxed in clothing, on the other hand, is v...

High/low dressing

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Thank you. Perhaps something like a denim shirt with tailoring, or loafers with workwear chinos...

Hanks and scarves - HatsDecember 6th 2017

Christmas gift list 2017

November 29th 2017

I finally got around to putting together a Christmas gift guide for this year, which I know many readers have asked about (and like forwarding directly to their wives). I have deliberately not included either Permanent Style products here, or those ...

Christmas gift list 2017

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Only recently came across your stuff, Simon and I gotta say I love your recommendations. It feels as though you've taken your time with each product and really know what you're talking about. I only wish I'd known about ...

Belts and wallets - Hanks and scarvesNovember 29th 2017

Anglo-Italian denim and Ralph Lauren cardigan

August 18th 2017

Rather a contrast this to Wednesday's post on dressing for hot weather. But it's good to look ahead to Autumn (God I'm looking forward to it - the coats, the knitwear, the hats!). And it's nice to be able to write about something that's actually in...

Anglo-Italian denim and Ralph Lauren cardigan

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It's a mix of two things: the cut I find a little too slim and tapered now, and the washes I don't like that much - they feel a bit too artificial. I'd go with raw denim and wear them in yourself....

Denim - KnitwearAugust 18th 2017

The ‘Style Guide’ dinner: What is the...

July 26th 2017

Last month, we organised a dinner at the beautiful Beaumont Hotel to celebrate The Style Guide - the book published earlier this year by myself and photographer Jamie Ferguson. There had been official launch events, and signings, at Fenwick's of Bo...

The ‘Style Guide’ dinner: What is the...

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Hope you enjoy the little video, changing a bit with humour your dinner for your book. https://www.instagram.com/tv/CD-nn2zpvRN/?igshid=1deds976zz0ra...

Style - VideoJuly 26th 2017

The guide to summer jacket cloths

July 24th 2017

  In some ways, summer trousers are more challenging than jackets in terms of cloth, and therefore more interesting. Trousers present the challenge of having something cool, but with enough body or crispness to hang straight. Jackets are les...

The guide to summer jacket cloths

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Which colour is more versatile really depends on your lifestyle - have you seen this article discussing that breakdown? A mid-blue or brown might work best for you, but bear in mind that would have other implications, eg...

ClothJuly 24th 2017

Anglo-Italian: Jake Grantham and Alex Pirounis op...

May 26th 2017

Last night was the (soft) opening of Anglo-Italian, the new shop in London being run by ex-Armoury buddies Jake Grantham and Alex Pirounis. It’s been a long time coming. Various events have slowed things down, and even last night the mirrors w...

Anglo-Italian: Jake Grantham and Alex Pirounis op...

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It's very early days - I've only worn them one day. But my initial thoughts are that I like the low profile, the suede, and the low lacing - they all give them character. I wore them with workwear chinos and they were gr...

Casual clothing - DenimMay 26th 2017