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

Indulgent Shawl Cardigan back in stock, with new ...

November 21st 2022

*NB: The black shawl actually has black-horn buttons, not light brown as in the sample shown.* After a good few weeks' delay, I'm pleased to say that the Indulgent Shawl-Collar Cardigan is finally back in stock - in a new black iteration as well as ...

Indulgent Shawl Cardigan back in stock, with new ...

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This is a thicker ply, but also more open. Not much heavier than the Begg, but bigger and warmer...

KnitwearNovember 21st 2022

Double brown: Just a touch less subtle

November 7th 2022

I think there's a useful variable in considerations of how we dress that we haven't talked about explicitly before: how subtle or showy clothes are. I might write a longer piece on it at some point, but I think it's essentially a spectrum from the v...

Double brown: Just a touch less subtle

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Yes, pretty much...

Knitwear - StyleNovember 7th 2022

My Anderson & Sheppard cord suit: How great ...

October 5th 2022

  This Anderson & Sheppard jacket is part of a suit I had made over 10 years ago. When I wrote back in January about my ‘ favourite clothes ever ’, I named it my favourite ever piece of bespoke. It is therefore a good ca...

My Anderson & Sheppard cord suit: How great ...

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Perhaps, yes, for a slightly smarter/sharper look...

Jackets - October 5th 2022

Tailoring for travelling: tough, comfortable, plain

August 29th 2022

In our recent articles on menswear destinations in Rome, a couple of readers asked about the outfit I was wearing for beating around the hot city. The individual pieces should be pretty familiar: cotton double-breasted jacket from Ferdinando Carac...

Tailoring for travelling: tough, comfortable, plain

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Nice. I haven't tried the Rubato ones in that colour, no, though the wool ones I have in brown certainly aren't that smart - it's not a fine, dressy wool...

Jackets - Socks and underwearAugust 29th 2022

Coloured summer jackets: Final Anderson & Sh...

July 29th 2022

How do I feel about orange? This linen looked more like a terracotta red when it was a swatch, but let’s face it, it’s orange. Fortunately I rather like it. Strong colour isn’t normally my thing, but when I do wear it, I prefer the...

Coloured summer jackets: Final Anderson & Sh...

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Great, thanks Simon....

JacketsJuly 29th 2022

What shoes should I wear with brown trousers?

May 23rd 2022

This might seem like a fairly simple question, but it comes up so often in comments that I think it’s worth answering in full here, and then directing anyone in the future to this post. The reason people ask about shoes with brown trousers, o...

What shoes should I wear with brown trousers?

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I’m genuinely amazed by this comment and others in the thread. Brown trousers with black shoes is a classic combination that goes back decades. Back when it was much more expected that black shoes be worn in town and/o...

May 23rd 2022

Rain: Cap and cordovan, or felt and suede

May 9th 2022

This may be a little niche, but it’s something that often stresses me out in the morning, so hopefully it will be of some use to others. My plans for what to wear on a particular day usually don’t account for rain. I might be going int...

Rain: Cap and cordovan, or felt and suede

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Cheers...

Coats - HatsMay 9th 2022

This feels like me

May 2nd 2022

I get a lot of joy out of wearing this outfit, though I’m not quite sure why. It might be that it’s clearly dressed up – tailored jacket, tailored trousers – but not that stuffy. No tie, and not even a proper shirt, just a po...

This feels like me

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No worries...

Jackets - StyleMay 2nd 2022

Chapal USAAF jacket: How great things age

February 9th 2022

  I think this Chapal jacket holds the record for the review most frequently requested, yet never fulfilled. I do apologise – the past two winters I have meant to shoot and cover it, and things have always got in the way. The upsi...

Chapal USAAF jacket: How great things age

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Yes I'd certainly wear an Oxford like that with it, though probably not with loafers...

Casual clothing - JacketsFebruary 9th 2022

How I wear a black leather jacket

December 3rd 2021

I’ve had this vintage leather jacket for about four years and it hasn’t been worn often - perhaps a handful of times a year. If I’m honest, it was because I felt a little self-conscious in it. I didn’t want to look like I wa...

How I wear a black leather jacket

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" There’s no need, really, to unpack the reasons why. The only thing that matters is that those jackets looked very ‘them’ and this old horsehide feels very me. And that’s as important as anything when it comes t...

December 3rd 2021

Reader Profile: Andrew

October 27th 2021

This is the third in our series of articles meeting, and questioning, Permanent Style readers. The first profiled Manish , who enthused about Russian watches and recommended that readers should start building a wardrobe with good trousers. And the s...

Reader Profile: Andrew

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I also used to wear Malle Cologne Indelebile in the summer quite frequently. I liked it because it is light and citrusy which I think it nice for the summer. But I finished the bottle and never got around to replacing it...

Jackets - StyleOctober 27th 2021

Autumn/Winter Top 10: Wax, Ivy and secateurs

October 11th 2021

This year’s A/W Top 10 list includes a sprinkling of new names, but a lot of familiar ones too. I don’t think this is unexpected or unwelcome. The world of classic, crafted menswear is not large, primarily because men still don’t ...

Autumn/Winter Top 10: Wax, Ivy and secateurs

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No, they're a 2-ply which is standard yarn for this kind of polo knit. You could wear over a shirt or instead of one. However, they are different to a Smedley or a PS polo, which use much finer merino yarn. This is expla...

Casual clothing - DenimOctober 11th 2021

Comfortable yet elegant: A cosy winter combination

October 6th 2021

*Note: The source of the material for the trousers has been corrected, below. It was Zegna denim, not Loro Piana. Still not available though!* We haven’t done a simple outfit post in a while, so let’s talk about this one - worn for a rec...

Comfortable yet elegant: A cosy winter combination

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Yes, charcoal donegal should be nice, any shade of grey really, then also navy and some greens...

Coats - KnitwearOctober 6th 2021

The suede overshirt (or shirt-jacket, or shacket)

September 17th 2021

I have this image in my mind. Of a man meeting a good friend for brunch on a Sunday morning. A man that dresses as I want to: considered and tasteful, not showy or sloppy. He's looking forward to a coffee. He carries a newspaper under his arm in ca...

The suede overshirt (or shirt-jacket, or shacket)

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I measure a size 39, normally take a 40, and bought a medium. It does say so in the comments above by the way - I know there's a lot of them, but if you do a 'Find in page' search for the word 'size' or something, you'd ...

JacketsSeptember 17th 2021

Pirozzi corduroy suit: Style breakdown

September 13th 2021

*This is an extract from the book Bespoke Style, which is available here on the PS shop* Nunzio Pirozzi has a strong reputation in Naples. Indeed, he’s one of the few master tailors that other tailors consistently praise. (The usual method of e...

Pirozzi corduroy suit: Style breakdown

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Sure Peter, good point, I should do that. Plan to do one on coats first though... I think a cord suit could certainly belong in that first five jackets or casual suits, yes....

SuitsSeptember 13th 2021

The jungle jacket: Summer’s M65

August 30th 2021

This might be our last piece on summer clothing this year, and I wanted to use it to talk about one of my most useful pieces of the last few months - this vintage ‘jungle jacket’. I bought it two years ago, at the now sadly closed Vinta...

The jungle jacket: Summer’s M65

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I haven't worn either Carl, so it's hard to say, but I'd imagine the biggest difference will be that the McCoys will go to great expense to recreate something specific, and the McCoys will simply be designed to be a lot ...

Casual clothing - JacketsAugust 30th 2021

Dege & Skinner tobacco-linen suit: Style bre...

June 21st 2021

**This article is an extract from our book ‘Bespoke Style’, which sold out in less than a month last year. A new print is ready and will be on sale soon. If you would like early access, or are interested in stocking the book, plea...

Dege & Skinner tobacco-linen suit: Style bre...

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The nicest is cream, grey always works, and green can be good too. Even black. I wouldn't wear a linen jacket in winter myself...

SuitsJune 21st 2021

Whitcomb & Shaftesbury RAF-blue suit: Style ...

April 9th 2021

Whitcomb & Shaftesbury have achieved great popularity in recent years because of their pricing. They offer one service where the majority of the suit is made in their Indian workshop, and as a result can offer a Savile Row suit for just unde...

Whitcomb & Shaftesbury RAF-blue suit: Style ...

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I haven't, no. Do try and try one on before ordering one if you can - DBs can vary so much...

Cloth - SuitsApril 9th 2021

White jeans: how to buy, wash and wear

April 7th 2021

White jeans are a classic example of menswear that has been damaged unreasonably by association. Unfortunately, they carry connotations of flash Mediterranean men, wearing their white jeans with a shirt unbuttoned to the navel. Or skintight ripped ...

White jeans: how to buy, wash and wear

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Have you worn and washed them much? They may soften up...

Denim - StyleApril 7th 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

Gieves & Hawkes linen suit: Style Breakdown

August 19th 2020

Gieves & Hawkes has rarely had a distinct house style in recent decades. Although historically a military and naval outfitter, and making its suits with a similar amount of structure and strength, the cut has varied with cutters. Kathryn Sa...

Gieves & Hawkes linen suit: Style Breakdown

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They haven’t, Peter, largely because they just haven’t been doing anything that was different enough to make them worth featuring (nothing wrong with being a solid tailor in a particular mould, but it’s harder to m...

SuitsAugust 19th 2020

Navy jacket and jeans (with recommended cloths)

August 5th 2020

A few readers asked in our recent Complete Capsule posts about the kind of navy jacket I mentioned, that would work with jeans as well as flannels. So I thought I’d shoot this example from Solito, which Luigi made me last year but which I've ...

Navy jacket and jeans (with recommended cloths)

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I didn't really, just washed them more! Wash them twice more and see what difference it makes...

StyleAugust 5th 2020

My Summer shoes

July 29th 2020

  Shoes can be one of the trickiest areas for clothing in the summer. Unless we require a jacket, it’s pretty simple to wear a well-cut polo shirt on top and drapey linen trousers on the bottom, and stay cool. But shoes are always re...

My Summer shoes

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So we're talking deck shoes, here from Paraboot in a dark brown? I think they're always going to be a push with a sports jacket. Not impossible by any means, but you'd have to be leaning heavily into the Ivy sack jacket,...

ShoesJuly 29th 2020

How to wear a cream jacket

June 24th 2020

A cream jacket is more useful than you might think. Certainly, I’ve found myself using this one from Jean-Manuel Moreau more than I expected since I received it earlier in the year. This post describes, and illustrates, three ways I&am...

How to wear a cream jacket

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I haven't looked at that bunch for a while Andy, sorry, I can't remember what it's like. On ivory and cream, I'd probably say cream but we're talking a very small difference as both avoid being too stark white, which is ...

StyleJune 24th 2020