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

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 tha...

Reader questions - ShoesMay 30th 2012

Reader question: Looking after ties

April 16th 2012

Dear Simon, Having read with great interest all your articles (over many, many hours – I am a late-comer to your site) I have been amassing information. Now that I have actually started to purchase clothes etc, the question I have of ties, whic...

Reader question: Looking after ties

Dear Simon, Having read with great interest all your articles (over many, many hours – I am a late-comer to your site) I have been amassing information. Now that I have actually started to purchase clothes etc, the que...

Reader questions - TiesApril 16th 2012

Reader question: first bespoke, in Hong Kong

March 28th 2012

WW Chan jacket, courtesy of The Armoury Hi Simon, As an expat Brit living in Hong Kong, I like to think have a keen eye for style and fashion but surprisingly had never thought about going bespoke until I got married last year. My first attempt was i...

Reader question: first bespoke, in Hong Kong

WW Chan jacket, courtesy of The Armoury Hi Simon, As an expat Brit living in Hong Kong, I like to think have a keen eye for style and fashion but surprisingly had never thought about going bespoke until I got married las...

Reader questionsMarch 28th 2012

Reader question: What do you wear at the weekend?

June 17th 2011

You spend a lot of time talking about suits and bespoke shoes, but what do you wear at the weekend? I have trouble picturing what you put on to pop out to the newsagent. Here are a few of my favourite things. Two types of chinos: those from Albam, wh...

Reader question: What do you wear at the weekend?

You spend a lot of time talking about suits and bespoke shoes, but what do you wear at the weekend? I have trouble picturing what you put on to pop out to the newsagent. Here are a few of my favourite things. Two types o...

Reader questions - StyleJune 17th 2011

Reader questions: The menswear classics

January 25th 2011

Some questions are known as the menswear classics. These are the queries that columns like GQ’s Style Guy, and websites like Permanent Style, get every few weeks – no matter how many times they have been answered. What should I wear for m...

Reader questions: The menswear classics

Some questions are known as the menswear classics. These are the queries that columns like GQ’s Style Guy, and websites like Permanent Style, get every few weeks – no matter how many times they have been answered. Wh...

Reader questions - StyleJanuary 25th 2011

Reader question: Trouser waists

December 31st 2010

Anonymous: Do you prefer adjustable metal tabs or adjustable buttons on your suit pants? Is one more formal than the other? Also, I assume your suit pants do not have belt loops…correct? I’ve had a few such questions over the past few...

Reader question: Trouser waists

Anonymous: Do you prefer adjustable metal tabs or adjustable buttons on your suit pants? Is one more formal than the other? Also, I assume your suit pants do not have belt loops…correct? I’ve had a few such quest...

Reader questions - TrousersDecember 31st 2010

Reader questions: Snow, shoes, soles

December 3rd 2010

Ed, London: I just bought a pair of boots and was considering putting rubber soles on top of the leather ones, to make them harder wearing and more suited to the rain and the snow. Is this a good idea? Pearse, London: With the weather being the way i...

Reader questions: Snow, shoes, soles

Ed, London: I just bought a pair of boots and was considering putting rubber soles on top of the leather ones, to make them harder wearing and more suited to the rain and the snow. Is this a good idea? Pearse, London: Wi...

Reader questions - ShoesDecember 3rd 2010

Reader question: Indiana Jones

September 23rd 2010

Greetings Simon, I discovered your blog site early this summer. First off, I wanted to thank you for taking the time to write such wonderful and informative articles on your blog. I have learned a great deal from reading your articles and look forwar...

Reader question: Indiana Jones

Greetings Simon, I discovered your blog site early this summer. First off, I wanted to thank you for taking the time to write such wonderful and informative articles on your blog. I have learned a great deal from reading...

Reader questionsSeptember 23rd 2010

Reader question: Differences between bespoke tailors

February 17th 2010

CS, Los Angeles: I have been reading PS for the last few months in an effort to educate myself on various matters of style. First and foremost, I want to thank you for the time and effort you put into your work in this area. I suspect that you have a...

Reader question: Differences between bespoke tailors

CS, Los Angeles: I have been reading PS for the last few months in an effort to educate myself on various matters of style. First and foremost, I want to thank you for the time and effort you put into your work in this a...

Reader questionsFebruary 17th 2010

Reader question: Wearing odd jackets

October 16th 2009

David: I very much enjoy your blog and find it to be a great source of inspiration in my desire to master the art of permanent style. I was hoping you could help me in the matter of choosing odd jackets. I am starting a new job where most people wear...

Reader question: Wearing odd jackets

David: I very much enjoy your blog and find it to be a great source of inspiration in my desire to master the art of permanent style. I was hoping you could help me in the matter of choosing odd jackets. I am starting a ...

Jackets - Reader questionsOctober 16th 2009

Reader question: Working in a bank

September 23rd 2009

Sim, Oxford: I was wondering if you could assist me with your experience regarding sartorial issues, the yays or nays, within banking. I have heard from fellow interns that French-cuff shirts and heavy pinstriped suits should never be worn as they de...

Reader question: Working in a bank

Sim, Oxford: I was wondering if you could assist me with your experience regarding sartorial issues, the yays or nays, within banking. I have heard from fellow interns that French-cuff shirts and heavy pinstriped suits s...

Reader questions - StyleSeptember 23rd 2009

Reader question: Taking pictures to the tailors

August 26th 2009

Amrit: Simon, I am new to your blog but have read your experiences with your Hong Kong tailor with great interest. I really like the double-breated suit by E Tautz in a recent post as well and was wondering to what extent it is advisable to show such...

Reader question: Taking pictures to the tailors

Amrit: Simon, I am new to your blog but have read your experiences with your Hong Kong tailor with great interest. I really like the double-breated suit by E Tautz in a recent post as well and was wondering to what exten...

Reader questionsAugust 26th 2009

Frequently asked questions

July 20th 2009

“I’ve got a question for you – how do you gauge which patterns work well together across the tie, shirt and jacket?” “I’ve written about that before, it’s all about the density of the pattern.” “W...

Frequently asked questions

“I’ve got a question for you – how do you gauge which patterns work well together across the tie, shirt and jacket?” “I’ve written about that before, it’s all about the density of the pattern.” “Well I ...

Reader questions - StyleJuly 20th 2009

Reader question: Suit brands

July 15th 2009

Will, Minnesota: Simon, I wrote to you before on a style matter. As I’ve sought suits and separates lately, I’ve learned that while I thought I was a 40, I am truly around a 38 long – sometimes a 36. In-turn, I’ve learned that...

Reader question: Suit brands

Will, Minnesota: Simon, I wrote to you before on a style matter. As I’ve sought suits and separates lately, I’ve learned that while I thought I was a 40, I am truly around a 38 long – sometimes a 36. In-turn, I’v...

Reader questions - SuitsJuly 15th 2009

Reader question: A suit for my wedding

July 11th 2009

Michael, Atlanta: I’m a long time reader and have greatly enjoyed your posts, and have even more enjoyed applying their message. I’m about a year away from my wedding and am looking to have a suit made for it. I am looking at either a bla...

Reader question: A suit for my wedding

Michael, Atlanta: I’m a long time reader and have greatly enjoyed your posts, and have even more enjoyed applying their message. I’m about a year away from my wedding and am looking to have a suit made for it. I am l...

Reader questions - SuitsJuly 11th 2009

Reader question: Planning the week

July 5th 2009

John, Los Angeles: Many of my colleagues laugh when I tell them I often pick out five days worth of clothes on Sunday evening. But I find that taking the time to select outfits for the week on Sunday and actually hanging them in the closet makes my m...

Reader question: Planning the week

John, Los Angeles: Many of my colleagues laugh when I tell them I often pick out five days worth of clothes on Sunday evening. But I find that taking the time to select outfits for the week on Sunday and actually hanging...

Reader questions - StyleJuly 5th 2009

Reader question: Fake welts and lacing

June 8th 2009

Patrick: I recently had a pair of black cap-toe boots repaired and afterwards the cobbler explained to me that my Banana Republic boots had fake welts. I realized that I hadn’t really paid enough attention to a lot of shoe details. Among the qu...

Reader question: Fake welts and lacing

Patrick: I recently had a pair of black cap-toe boots repaired and afterwards the cobbler explained to me that my Banana Republic boots had fake welts. I realized that I hadn’t really paid enough attention to a lot of ...

Reader questions - ShoesJune 8th 2009

A flamboyant wedding

June 5th 2009

A colleague of mine is going to a wedding this summer, on the beach, with the proscribed dress code of “flamboyant”. Now, a dress code like that has the potential to condone all manner of horrors. From black tie with flip flops to Hawaiia...

A flamboyant wedding

A colleague of mine is going to a wedding this summer, on the beach, with the proscribed dress code of “flamboyant”. Now, a dress code like that has the potential to condone all manner of horrors. From black tie with...

Reader questions - StyleJune 5th 2009

Reader question: Reiss and made to measure

June 3rd 2009

Thientai: I live in London and never have a chance to get a proper suit. With a tight budget, I can’t afford bespoke, but am quite interested in made-to-measure etc. The other choice is of course, off the peg. So I browse high street stores a l...

Reader question: Reiss and made to measure

Thientai: I live in London and never have a chance to get a proper suit. With a tight budget, I can’t afford bespoke, but am quite interested in made-to-measure etc. The other choice is of course, off the peg. So I bro...

Reader questionsJune 3rd 2009

Reader question: Suit for work and play

May 20th 2009

Hsin Qin Tang: I have been following your blog for over two years now. I have learned many things and I would like to know your opinion on what to wear for an upcoming occasion. My eldest sister is getting married this August and the wedding dinner i...

Reader question: Suit for work and play

Hsin Qin Tang: I have been following your blog for over two years now. I have learned many things and I would like to know your opinion on what to wear for an upcoming occasion. My eldest sister is getting married this A...

Reader questions - SuitsMay 20th 2009

Reader question: Starting a new job

April 13th 2009

Zenith: I need to expand my wardrobe for a new job in London. I own a light charcoal, faintly blue-pinstriped French Connection suit, and a solid beige Ted Baker suit, but need: A traditional navy-blue single-breasted suit A trusted location to take ...

Reader question: Starting a new job

Zenith: I need to expand my wardrobe for a new job in London. I own a light charcoal, faintly blue-pinstriped French Connection suit, and a solid beige Ted Baker suit, but need: A traditional navy-blue single-breasted su...

Reader questions - ShoesApril 13th 2009

Tips for Steve’s first visit to the tailor

March 8th 2009

A colleague of mine in Hong Kong recently asked to come along when I visited my tailor, Edward Tam. Steve has only just moved to Hong Kong and was interested in a recommendation as well as learning about how the bespoke process works. After the visit...

Tips for Steve’s first visit to the tailor

A colleague of mine in Hong Kong recently asked to come along when I visited my tailor, Edward Tam. Steve has only just moved to Hong Kong and was interested in a recommendation as well as learning about how the bespoke ...

Reader questionsMarch 8th 2009

Reader question: Wearing suit jackets separately

February 23rd 2009

Ted: In reference to your post on building a wardrobe, if the man in question mostly gets navy and grey suits, does he need to buy sport coats? He can just use the suit jackets and mix and match. The short and simple answer, Ted, is no. He can’...

Reader question: Wearing suit jackets separately

Ted: In reference to your post on building a wardrobe, if the man in question mostly gets navy and grey suits, does he need to buy sport coats? He can just use the suit jackets and mix and match. The short and simple ans...

Jackets - Reader questionsFebruary 23rd 2009

Reader question: Edward Tam

February 17th 2009

PK: I have been following your blog for some time and this is my first message. I am spending some days in Hong Kong on my way to Australia and would like to have a couple of suits made and some shirts. I am toying with the idea of trying Edward Tam ...

Reader question: Edward Tam

PK: I have been following your blog for some time and this is my first message. I am spending some days in Hong Kong on my way to Australia and would like to have a couple of suits made and some shirts. I am toying with ...

Reader questionsFebruary 17th 2009

Reader question: Building a wardrobe

February 14th 2009

Christopher, US: I am a 21-year-old who just received a senior-level job at a local corporation. However I’m trying to build a collection of business clothes, and trying to perfect my own style that will be acceptable amongst my executive peers...

Reader question: Building a wardrobe

Christopher, US: I am a 21-year-old who just received a senior-level job at a local corporation. However I’m trying to build a collection of business clothes, and trying to perfect my own style that will be acceptable ...

Reader questions - StyleFebruary 14th 2009