Wear loafers with jeans

October 10th 2022

In the hyper-casual world we’re living in, any opportunity to add a little smartness to everyday clothing should be grabbed with both hands. One of the most effective ways to do this, I’m finding, is wearing loafers with jeans. Jeans ar...

Wear loafers with jeans

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I have, yes, and they do make a difference, but not a big one. Also make less of a difference the lower the vamp is...

Denim - ShoesOctober 10th 2022

The Spring Top 10: Fun, paper and lavender

April 20th 2022

It’s that time of the year again. Brands have been receiving all the spring clothing they ordered last year, even though they weren’t quite sure whether it would arrive, or be swallowed by an unexpected lockdown. So rejoice, there are n...

The Spring Top 10: Fun, paper and lavender

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Thank you for pointing out carrier company. The jacket was not for me but I came across the fisherman’s jumper. A robust navy roll neck with raglan sleeves - I has been looking for one like this with raglan sleeves for...

Casual clothing - CoatsApril 20th 2022

A guide to piqué cotton polo shirts

April 4th 2022

By Manish Puri Whilst the recent sun in London has brought a sugar rush of excitement for the warmer days that lie ahead, it also brings a more troubling, recurring question: how do I usually dress for summer? It shouldn’t be difficult to answ...

A guide to piqué cotton polo shirts

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Casual clothing - ShirtsApril 4th 2022

A guide to brands of unstructured jacket

February 7th 2022

By Manish Puri Whilst soft tailoring is hardly a new concept, there’s something about unstructured tailoring that feels particularly in sync with modern life: it’s indisputably more casual, reframes imperfections as characteristics, is l...

A guide to brands of unstructured jacket

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Either would be fine, but a 3-roll-2 might suit the casual nature of it a bit more...

JacketsFebruary 7th 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

Christmas gift list 2021: Shawls, soap and Swan S...

November 17th 2021

It’s that time of the year again. So, with both apologies and thanks to readers that bemoaned the lack of this list last year, these are just a few of my favourite things... In these lists we try to go beyond menswear into other beautiful, cra...

Christmas gift list 2021: Shawls, soap and Swan S...

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Hi Julian, I didn't end up buying one myself I'm afraid, so I can't help. I have since bought two though - from Budd and New & Lingwood, which I can comment on if helpful. Thanks...

Casual clothing - HatsNovember 17th 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

Colour, size and drama: How to dress like André L...

August 18th 2021

  André Larnyoh has enviably easy style. It’s tempting to put this down to his work as an actor, but that would be too simplistic. That training certainly creates “natural physical awareness”, as he puts it, but the...

Colour, size and drama: How to dress like André L...

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The best one was Chinatown . Great suits and jackets to emulate ....

August 18th 2021

Playing around with white bucks

August 4th 2021

During sunny weather in the past few weeks, I've been playing around with these old shoes from Lodger, the shoe shop that used to be on Clifford Street in London, and where I first started writing about menswear . The shoes were a recreation of a 1...

Playing around with white bucks

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I called Alden in Massachusetts on 16 February 2022. The woman stated that they are not making the white bucks because they cannot find the leather. I got an email from Crockett & Jones who stated that they will have...

Shoes - StyleAugust 4th 2021

The Real McCoy’s chinos: Review

June 16th 2021

If the last chinos we reviewed in this series were a little more unusual ( from Casatlantic ) then today we’re back with a very good, very everyday pair. Similar in that respect to the first brand we covered - Rubato - just more on the workw...

The Real McCoy’s chinos: Review

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Casual clothing - TrousersJune 16th 2021

Support our shops. At least the real ones

April 14th 2021

It is genuinely important that - if you can - you visit a UK shop and support it now they’re open again. Why? Because good retail offers something distinct that could easily be lost. Let me explain the difference between a good menswear store...

Support our shops. At least the real ones

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Can't believe I forgot about Blackhorse Lane - such a pleasure to deal with. Discovered them before I heard about them here, just stumbled in there not knowing what they were about. Long may they thrive....

April 14th 2021

Honing your style

August 14th 2020

Over the years, it’s noticeable that even the most fashionable, the most clothes-obsessed of men tend to narrow their tastes. It takes decades, and often involves a lot of experimentation in their 20s and 30s. But by the time they reach 40 or...

Honing your style

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Kakuta's father? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kakuji_Kakuta...

StyleAugust 14th 2020

Espadrilles: Style, occasion, and brands

July 3rd 2020

UPDATE: This is a nice video from Diegos showing how espadrilles are made. You can see the better, neater hand sewing of the soles mentioned below. I remember clearly when I got my first pair of espadrilles. I was 19, on holiday in Spain, and bough...

Espadrilles: Style, occasion, and brands

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Thank you Simon 👍...

ShoesJuly 3rd 2020

Baseball cap, white jeans and Ivy: Pick and choose

March 4th 2020

There are five elements I want to talk about in this outfit. Five. And I’ll take them all separately - because you can easily change one, or only like one. There’s no need to lift an outfit (or, give it the thumbs up/down) as a whole. ...

Baseball cap, white jeans and Ivy: Pick and choose

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Yes, it was a small. Bit short as a result though...

Denim - HatsMarch 4th 2020

Our Autumn/Winter Top 10, 2019

October 23rd 2019

Welcome to our small but regular selection of interesting things this Autumn/Winter. As ever, this is a highly personal list, which makes it both idiosyncratic and entirely without commercial angle - no one can ever and will ever be able to pay to a...

Our Autumn/Winter Top 10, 2019

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I haven't seen that one in person. It looks nice though...

Knitwear - ShirtsOctober 23rd 2019

Hand-dyed Mandarin jacket from Prologue

August 16th 2019

In the past five years, it feels like everyone has started doing some kind of shirt-jacket. It was a natural extension of the soft tailoring trend, perhaps, and it certainly gained traction when shirtmakers realised they could offer this too - a we...

Hand-dyed Mandarin jacket from Prologue

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This is a really good idea! In summer I frequently wear Indonesian batik shirts that are cut almost exactly like your mandarin jacket. I really really love them. Why not make a summer jacket of the same cut? It's simple ...

Casual clothingAugust 16th 2019

Holiday snaps 2019: No shorts in the city

August 14th 2019

  I just got back from our annual summer holiday: two weeks in Portugal, in a villa with my wife and children, miles away from anything. I normally write a post running through things worn on holiday, as I know readers find it interesting h...

Holiday snaps 2019: No shorts in the city

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'It's possible to be overdressed in this way, too'. If such an outfit which you are wearing or for example an outfit like a shirt/polo with linen trouser and espadrilles can seem overdressed then what does the average cr...

Style - August 14th 2019

Stoffa made-to-measure trousers: Review

June 3rd 2019

Tailored cotton trousers are, in my experience, an absolute bastard to get right. I had my first pair made with Anderson & Sheppard seven years ago. The colour was perfect (a light stone grey), as was the cut. But they always felt like old m...

Stoffa made-to-measure trousers: Review

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Yes I would, either...

TrousersJune 3rd 2019

Our Spring/Summer Top 10, 2019

April 24th 2019

Last week the weather in London turned from 12 degrees to 22 in a couple of days. It seems that what passes for the English Spring is finally here. Of course, with most shops and brands Spring/Summer collections arrived in February, and went on sale...

Our Spring/Summer Top 10, 2019

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Probably, yes, aside from vintage versions...

Bags - Casual clothingApril 24th 2019

How to wear a horsehide jacket: Armoury x Real Mc...

January 11th 2019

I’ve never had a horsehide jacket before. I did have an old, vintage one rom RRL a few years ago, but it was so old and soft that it felt nothing like this, like new horsehide. To be honest, I’d been rather put off by the styling of hors...

How to wear a horsehide jacket: Armoury x Real Mc...

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I haven't, no Pat, but not because it wouldn't work, just because I didn't think of it. I will now!...

Casual clothingJanuary 11th 2019

Christmas gift list 2018

November 30th 2018

  It’s that time of year again. The TV adverts that started a month ago should have been a warning. Below is my Christmas gift list for 2019. It is not a comprehensive list of the best menswear gifts right now. It’s certainly no...

Christmas gift list 2018

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Sorry Christopher, I've had to skip it this year, there's been so much else on. Very pleased you found it so useful though - sorry, will certainly reinstate next year......

Belts and wallets - Hanks and scarvesNovember 30th 2018

Our Autumn/Winter Top 10, 2018

October 10th 2018

  A reader commented on the last instalment of this list that it shaped his whole season’s shopping. No pressure then. Many of the ranges will feature in other coverage later in the year – particularly the ones I’ve alr...

Our Autumn/Winter Top 10, 2018

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Slim...

Casual clothing - HatsOctober 10th 2018

Should your belt match your shoes? (Or bag)

September 21st 2018

This question might seem like an easy one, but I do get a lot of comments and emails about it, so I thought I’d lay it out in a post. No, in short, a leather belt and leather shoes do not have to match. But they should be closely related. So a...

Should your belt match your shoes? (Or bag)

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I don't really wear burgundy shoes, unless it's close to the Alden Color 8 - if it's that dark. If so, it's great with navy certainly, and even with dark greys. Often with greens too. As to a belt, I'd go for whichever i...

Bags - Belts and walletsSeptember 21st 2018

Summer checked jacket – at the Dalcuore Rak...

June 29th 2018

If there’s one thing I have a (very relative) lack of, it’s summer sports jackets - casual pieces for warm days, using the linen/wool/silk mixes the Italians are so good at. So it was nice to have this jacket from Dalcuore made up in tim...

Summer checked jacket – at the Dalcuore Rak...

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More like the 9oz, definitely...

Glasses and jewellery - JacketsJune 29th 2018

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