Reader profile: Mattia

January 17th 2022

I met Mattia during our recent pop-up shop on Savile Row. A Permanent Style reader, he is also a fashion student, which gives him an interesting perspective on classic menswear. I enjoyed talking to him, and his friends, about their studies and the...

Reader profile: Mattia

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I loved reading this and I love Mattia's style. As someone who doesn't earn a lot of money most of my reading here is pipe dream stuff. But me and mattia are on the same boat - there is a way to dress well for under 3k! ...

Denim - JacketsJanuary 17th 2022

Why I’m wearing more belts

January 5th 2022

In recent months I’ve been wearing belts more often, after years of hardly doing so at all. I never wore them with tailoring, preferring the clean, elegant look of an unfettered waistband with side adjustors. And I didn’t even wear the...

Why I’m wearing more belts

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I just wanted to reach out to as much avenues as possible. Equus Leather. I ordered a wallet from the in May 2022 and have not received it yet. No correspondence at all. Just to make sure buyers beware of this name out t...

Belts and wallets - StyleJanuary 5th 2022

Cocktail attire: An argument for a new type of ev...

December 31st 2021

Just before Christmas, I organised a Permanent Style Christmas dinner, to thank a few people that had helped and supported PS in recent years. We were hosted by Geordie D’Anyers Willis of Berry Bros & Rudd, which was kind of Geordie, ...

Cocktail attire: An argument for a new type of ev...

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Yes I think that could be nice. I'd try a regular black shirt or knit first, before a western, in case that's too much next to the smarter worsted, but it could be good still...

Black tie - StyleDecember 31st 2021

Reader profile: Ben

December 10th 2021

I’ve known Ben for a long time now. He worked round the corner from me during my journalism days, and we were both customers of visiting artisans like Elia Caliendo and Simone Abbarchi. We even did a shoot together for Elia years ago. Ben and ...

Reader profile: Ben

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Love the semi-casual....

Jackets - StyleDecember 10th 2021

Richard Burke: Style hero

November 5th 2021

There’s this one outfit worn by the character Richard Burke in Friends , played by Tom Selleck, that has stayed with me for years. It’s in the penultimate episode of series six. Richard comes to Monica’s restaurant to try and win ...

Richard Burke: Style hero

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Thanks Carl, and no we’ve never covered that. I think the Talented Mr Ripley has some sections, and of course there’s a chunk in the Great Gatsby. I’m sure more will come to mind...

StyleNovember 5th 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

Be open minded. Or, what is style?

September 3rd 2021

I believe that core to understanding clothes, and perhaps even to enjoying them, is appreciating styles that are not your own. If you can’t, it closes you off to dozens of ideas - something as simple as the shape of a sleeve, or a colour comb...

Be open minded. Or, what is style?

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I agree Stefan, though I think the difference there is more to do with men focusing too heavily on product and not style, where women are the opposite...

StyleSeptember 3rd 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

Should you dress for yourself, or for others? 

July 14th 2021

Should you dress for yourself or for others? Unsurprisingly, the answer is both. Anyone that dresses without any regard for people around them is probably being rude, and certainly inconsiderate. Dressing purely to conform, other the other hand, i...

Should you dress for yourself, or for others? 

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Yeah, it's not really something I'd cover I'm afraid Joshua...

Style - July 14th 2021

A casual Summer capsule 

July 7th 2021

About a month ago, proper Summer started in the UK. Now I don’t define Summer by the solstice, the calendar, or even the moon. Summer, for me, is when it's so hot that it severely affects the clothes you can wear. Anything consistently above...

A casual Summer capsule 

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Thanks...

StyleJuly 7th 2021

How relevant is 80s Armani?

July 2nd 2021

By Tony Sylvester It might seem counterintuitive to be talking about past fads or subcultures on a platform named Permanent Style. But while it is certainly admirable for a man to build a wardrobe around the timeless and perennial, it would be fooli...

How relevant is 80s Armani?

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My tailor could make one just by looking at it . That said it wouldn’t be exactly the same . The material on Armani from what lve had in my hands isn’t top level but it’s nice...

StyleJuly 2nd 2021

The rules and how to break them #10: Suits withou...

June 30th 2021

  This is a new installment in the series ‘ The rules and how to break them ’, which has been a little neglected in recent years. It’s a great little guide, exposing myths of menswear and calmly explaining the rationale be...

The rules and how to break them #10: Suits withou...

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Nice, I hadn't heard that. Thanks Daniel...

Style - SuitsJune 30th 2021

Flash vs fuddy

June 18th 2021

Here's an idea. I reckon men face two, polarised dangers in their style that we haven't discussed before, or at least not formalised. O ne is being too flash or showy; the other is appearing too old-fashioned - a ‘fuddy duddy’. When guy...

Flash vs fuddy

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Hi Andy, With a simple suit, I think there's much less of a risk - the style aspects will come largely from what you wear with it, and the style itself won't vary that much either. A suit that is a little shorter in the ...

StyleJune 18th 2021

The Western shirt four ways (with Begg & Co ...

June 14th 2021

One of the reasons Western and denim shirts have been so popular in recent years is their versatility. On the one hand, their conventional pale blue means they sit easily beneath all manner of jackets or suits, while adding an intentional, unexpect...

The Western shirt four ways (with Begg & Co ...

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Not currently, but certainly a good one for his list, thanks...

Shirts - StyleJune 14th 2021

The T-shirt under tailoring

May 26th 2021

I’ve never actively disliked T-shirts under tailoring. I just tend not to wear them myself and, when I have seen them worn, I think it can be done quite badly. Done well, wearing a T-shirt rather than a collared shirt can pleasingly subvert t...

The T-shirt under tailoring

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Yes, I thought you'd be aware of that. Ethan and Ethan do of course look great in theirs - just bear in mind they are often not aiming for the most subtle of looks, the slightly more unusual, and that there will still be...

Jackets - StyleMay 26th 2021

Tailoring and milsurp: How to dress like Ethan Wong

May 21st 2021

Like many men that feature in this ‘How to dress like’ series, I find the differences between how I and Ethan Wong dress just as interesting as the similarities. In fact more so. We have similar influences in classic menswear and vint...

Tailoring and milsurp: How to dress like Ethan Wong

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Just had a look at Ethan's blog and Instagram. I love his style. Bags of flair and unafraid to try combinations that some might find a little out there - but great to see him experimenting. And he's just 25!...

StyleMay 21st 2021

Learning to dress my body better

May 17th 2021

I've learnt many things over the past 13 years of writing Permanent Style, but one I've learnt most intimately is how different clothes suit my particular physique, and physiognomy. This does come up on PS, in articles about collar height perhaps, o...

Learning to dress my body better

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My vintage 1960s Levi's 501s - article on them here...

StyleMay 17th 2021

Layering and accessories for cold Spring days

May 7th 2021

Back when these things were possible, I remember an American friend visiting in the Spring and asking: “How on earth do you dress for this weather? I can see my breath in the morning, but my midday I’m roasting and can barely wear a jack...

Layering and accessories for cold Spring days

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Yes I do...

StyleMay 7th 2021

Both chic and bold: How to dress like Angel Ramos

May 5th 2021

  Although Angel Ramos and I have only met a few times, we’ve always seemed to have something in common when it came to styles we liked. Angel wears slippers a lot, and has more of a tendency towards bright colours and patterns. The ov...

Both chic and bold: How to dress like Angel Ramos

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Good afternoon....i agree with the comments about smoking the cigars...but his attire is impressive......

StyleMay 5th 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

These are the tools: you have to use them

April 5th 2021

“Can I wear dark-brown shoes like these with a suit in my office? Do you think it would be appropriate?” The answer is, I don’t know. I don’t work in your office: I don’t know what the implicit dress code is. You have t...

These are the tools: you have to use them

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I haven't thought about it to be honest. There may be something in the contrast colours, yes, though I think key is probably just having colours you're not really going to wear elsewhere...

StyleApril 5th 2021

My favourite outfits

March 12th 2021

In our recent article ' Outfits that I got wrong', a reader commented that he would be interested in the opposite post. Not outfits I got right - hopefully there are lots of those - but ones I got the most right, or I like the most. Perhaps, those t...

My favourite outfits

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Yes I can see how it might be a little dark for you Andrew. Perhaps a lighter grey jacket, with the lilac shirt, and then any trouser that works - cream, navy, charcoal perhaps?...

StyleMarch 12th 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

The imagery that inspires me, by Oliver Dannefalk

December 21st 2020

This is a guest article by Rubato designer Oliver Dannefalk, explaining what the hell he was looking at all the time on his phone. And then showing to everyone. It is a description of how he works, what inspires him, and what keeps him de-stressed. ...

The imagery that inspires me, by Oliver Dannefalk

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I don't, sorry Albert. You could ask 40 Colori, who do MTM knitwear, but it might be too complicated for them....

StyleDecember 21st 2020

The cold-colour capsule

December 9th 2020

I realised recently that an increasing number of my casual clothes fall into a narrow colour range. A good proportion of my favourite things - and certainly combinations - are a mix of brown, cream, black and grey. With some secondary colours at th...

The cold-colour capsule

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Really interesting. I love that capsule article. I am now wearing black knits with quite warm brown trousers and white sneakers. A dash of warm amidst the cold works great...

StyleDecember 9th 2020