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

  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, an...

StyleJune 24th 2020

Lockdown looks: What I really wore at home

June 19th 2020

Every day, when I get dressed, there is something new I’m interested in wearing. Not necessarily new clothing, but a new outfit, a new combination of colours, perhaps a mixing of styles. And sometimes just a combination that feels new, becaus...

Lockdown looks: What I really wore at home

Every day, when I get dressed, there is something new I’m interested in wearing.  Not necessarily new clothing, but a new outfit, a new combination of colours, perhaps a mixing of styles. And sometimes just a combina...

StyleJune 19th 2020

The accidental columnist: A conversation with Rob...

June 15th 2020

Robert Armstrong is the US Finance Editor at the Financial Times . He has also been their Chief Editorial Writer and edited the Lex column. In the midst of all this international finance, he has also fallen into the role of FT menswear columnist. I...

The accidental columnist: A conversation with Rob...

Robert Armstrong is the US Finance Editor at the Financial Times . He has also been their Chief Editorial Writer and edited the Lex column.  In the midst of all this international finance, he has also fallen into the r...

StyleJune 15th 2020

Wearing red – with L’Etiquette

June 12th 2020

The fourth issue of L’Etiquette came out last week, and it remains the best menswear magazine in the world for me. (See previous article here for an explanation why.) We’re honoured to be the only website permitted to translate and repub...

Wearing red – with L’Etiquette

The fourth issue of L’Etiquette came out last week, and it remains the best menswear magazine in the world for me. (See previous article here for an explanation why.) We’re honoured to be the only website permitted ...

StyleJune 12th 2020

Summer smart/casual: Three looks, three levels of...

May 29th 2020

  Last week I explained why I find the knit polo shirt to be such a fundamental part of my summer wardrobe. This week, I’m using that polo and a pair of cream linen trousers as the basis for three different looks – three dif...

Summer smart/casual: Three looks, three levels of...

  Last week I explained why I find the knit polo shirt to be such a fundamental part of my summer wardrobe.  This week, I’m using that polo and a pair of cream linen trousers as the basis for three different look...

StyleMay 29th 2020

Video question: How can I dress up without a suit?

May 6th 2020

  One of the things I enjoy most about Permanent Style is the comments from readers. It’s like each article is a new thread in a forum, with subject raised and then comments, experiences and questions all following, vastly enriching t...

Video question: How can I dress up without a suit?

  One of the things I enjoy most about Permanent Style is the comments from readers.  It’s like each article is a new thread in a forum, with subject raised and then comments, experiences and questions all follow...

Black tie - StyleMay 6th 2020

The unexpected inspiration of Ralph Lauren womens...

May 4th 2020

Something that I find often surprises readers is how much the brands they admire are influenced by womenswear. It’s a topic we discussed briefly with Saman Amel last year, with Dag and Saman talking about old collections that inspired them, m...

The unexpected inspiration of Ralph Lauren womens...

Something that I find often surprises readers is how much the brands they admire are influenced by womenswear.  It’s a topic we discussed briefly with Saman Amel last year, with Dag and Saman talking about old collec...

StyleMay 4th 2020

Why I rarely wear a pocket square today (and what...

April 29th 2020

The pocket square, or handkerchief, is an interesting indicator of how dapper clothing has trended in the past 15 years. Broadly speaking, the late 1990s were all about business casual and the dotcom boom. Silicon Valley was not concerned with dres...

Why I rarely wear a pocket square today (and what...

The pocket square, or handkerchief, is an interesting indicator of how dapper clothing has trended in the past 15 years.  Broadly speaking, the late 1990s were all about business casual and the dotcom boom. Silicon Val...

Hanks and scarves - StyleApril 29th 2020

Don your highborn cloak: Ralph Lauren, saviour?

April 15th 2020

I recently finished reading In His Own Fashion , the official biography of Ralph Lauren, which Alan Flusser kindly gave me last year. I’d recommend it to anyone - it’s both interesting as a history of fashion in the past 50 years, and i...

Don your highborn cloak: Ralph Lauren, saviour?

I recently finished reading In His Own Fashion , the official biography of Ralph Lauren, which Alan Flusser kindly gave me last year.  I’d recommend it to anyone - it’s both interesting as a history of fashion in t...

StyleApril 15th 2020

Light relief: Jamie’s clothes and style

April 8th 2020

  OK, so. Friend and photographer Jamie Ferguson has been locked up indoors for weeks, as we all have. And he’s gone a bit stir crazy. We had started talking a while ago about shoots we could do remotely. Perhaps looking at a few out...

Light relief: Jamie’s clothes and style

    OK, so. Friend and photographer Jamie Ferguson has been locked up indoors for weeks, as we all have. And he’s gone a bit stir crazy. We had started talking a while ago about shoots we could do remotely. Perha...

StyleApril 8th 2020

How to dress like Shuhei Nishiguchi (book on PS)

April 1st 2020

  At Pitti back in January, Shuhei Nishiguchi – menswear director at Beams – kindly gave me a copy of his book, ‘Nishiguchi’s Closet’. I liked it immediately. It rationalised a lot of the outfits I&rsqu...

How to dress like Shuhei Nishiguchi (book on PS)

  At Pitti back in January, Shuhei Nishiguchi – menswear director at Beams – kindly gave me a copy of his book, ‘Nishiguchi’s Closet’.  I liked it immediately. It rationalised a lot of the outfits...

StyleApril 1st 2020

What I wear working from home

March 23rd 2020

A reader asked last week what I wear when I’m working at home, given how many more people are now being forced to do so. It’s something I’ve done on-and-off for years, but particularly in the past two, since Permanent Style became...

What I wear working from home

A reader asked last week what I wear when I’m working at home, given how many more people are now being forced to do so.  It’s something I’ve done on-and-off for years, but particularly in the past two, since Per...

Style - March 23rd 2020

Video: Audie Charles on swapping a shirt for a sw...

February 17th 2020

It's dress-up time! In this second video with Audie Charles at the Anderson & Sheppard Haberdashery, Audie dresses me in five pieces of knitwear from the shop, showing how she thinks they can add variety. In Audie's view, men too often go fo...

Video: Audie Charles on swapping a shirt for a sw...

It's dress-up time! In this second video with Audie Charles at the Anderson & Sheppard Haberdashery, Audie dresses me in five pieces of knitwear from the shop, showing how she thinks they can add variety. In Audie's...

Knitwear - StyleFebruary 17th 2020

What do women like?

February 7th 2020

Women’s best-dressed man of the year: Yukio Akamine Runners-up: Shuhei Nishiguchi, Adam Rogers Other nominees: Ethan Newton, Andreas Weinas, Jake Grantham, Bruce Boyer, Yasuto Kamoshita, Douglas Cordeaux, Chad Park   This headline is a...

What do women like?

Women’s best-dressed man of the year: Yukio Akamine Runners-up: Shuhei Nishiguchi, Adam Rogers Other nominees: Ethan Newton, Andreas Weinas, Jake Grantham, Bruce Boyer, Yasuto Kamoshita, Douglas Cordeaux, Chad Park &nb...

StyleFebruary 7th 2020

Wearing black

January 22nd 2020

Over the past year, I’ve gradually been wearing more black. Readers will have seen that in the recommendation of this Berg & Berg black shirt , for example, and these black cords . It's been particularly pronounced with shoes though, a...

Wearing black

Over the past year, I’ve gradually been wearing more black. Readers will have seen that in the recommendation of this Berg & Berg black shirt , for example, and these black cords . It's been particularly pronounce...

Coats - ShoesJanuary 22nd 2020

Wearing navy trousers as separates

December 20th 2019

I’ve generally cautioned in the past against wearing navy tailored trousers as separates, with a jacket. This is for a few reasons. First, I know from experience that it’s an option men often go for. They’re likely to already have...

Wearing navy trousers as separates

I’ve generally cautioned in the past against wearing navy tailored trousers as separates, with a jacket. This is for a few reasons.  First, I know from experience that it’s an option men often go for. They’re lik...

Style - TrousersDecember 20th 2019

The velvet jacket and modern evening wear, in Cif...

December 4th 2019

This article concerns two things. First, the pluses and minuses of the Cifonelli 6x1 style, as this is the first jacket I’ve had from them in their well-known cut. And second, the benefits of a velvet jacket without silk facings - and how it...

The velvet jacket and modern evening wear, in Cif...

This article concerns two things.  First, the pluses and minuses of the Cifonelli 6x1 style, as this is the first jacket I’ve had from them in their well-known cut.  And second, the benefits of a velvet jacket witho...

Jackets - StyleDecember 4th 2019

Interview with Michel Barnes – and L’...

December 2nd 2019

I think L'Étiquette is the best menswear magazine in the world at the moment. The main reason is its ability to cover bespoke tailoring and high-street casual - Caraceni and Converse - in a way that feels both easy and relevant. This applies ...

Interview with Michel Barnes – and L’...

I think L'Étiquette is the best menswear magazine in the world at the moment. The main reason is its ability to cover bespoke tailoring and high-street casual - Caraceni and Converse - in a way that feels both easy and...

StyleDecember 2nd 2019

The polo shirt under knitwear

November 27th 2019

I have a particular problem with crewneck sweaters. Although I love them, I find my relatively long neck means they don’t look good without a collar underneath. I need a shirt, rather than just a T-shirt. It’s the reason I sometimes we...

The polo shirt under knitwear

I have a particular problem with crewneck sweaters.  Although I love them, I find my relatively long neck means they don’t look good without a collar underneath. I need a shirt, rather than just a T-shirt.  It’s t...

Shirts - StyleNovember 27th 2019

The weekend capsule wardrobe

November 13th 2019

A weekend wardrobe can be a particular challenge for guys that care about their clothes. It should be relaxed and easy – not requiring much thought, and a nice change from the working week – yet cover a wide array of activities. At one e...

The weekend capsule wardrobe

A weekend wardrobe can be a particular challenge for guys that care about their clothes. It should be relaxed and easy – not requiring much thought, and a nice change from the working week – yet cover a wide array o...

StyleNovember 13th 2019

Ivy Style today: The Symposium video, New York

October 30th 2019

Last week's Symposium in New York was hugely enjoyable. There were over 200 enthusiastic people in the audience (standing room only) and I think the speakers were perfect. Alan Flusser gave the historical background on Ivy style (having lived it him...

Ivy Style today: The Symposium video, New York

Last week's Symposium in New York was hugely enjoyable. There were over 200 enthusiastic people in the audience (standing room only) and I think the speakers were perfect. Alan Flusser gave the historical background on ...

Style - VideoOctober 30th 2019

How to buy vintage clothing: Three experts give t...

October 16th 2019

Vintage clothing has become more and more popular over the past decade. Underneath obvious markers like the launch of brands RRL, or artificially aged sneakers, men have been gradually buying into vintage because it’s authentic, because it&rs...

How to buy vintage clothing: Three experts give t...

Vintage clothing has become more and more popular over the past decade.  Underneath obvious markers like the launch of brands RRL, or artificially aged sneakers, men have been gradually buying into vintage because it...

StyleOctober 16th 2019

Video debate: The future of tailoring, with Saman...

September 27th 2019

The lack of a coherent dress code in modern offices does not mean men will wear tailoring less. It just means they have more choice. And Saman and Dag find that their customers are both bankers dressing down (not in a suit, but not in a polo either)...

Video debate: The future of tailoring, with Saman...

The lack of a coherent dress code in modern offices does not mean men will wear tailoring less. It just means they have more choice. And Saman and Dag find that their customers are both bankers dressing down (not in a s...

Style - VideoSeptember 27th 2019

The knitted, fully fashioned T-shirt

August 30th 2019

  When I travel, my default these days is a blouson over shirt and trousers. It makes a nice switch from tailoring during the working days – perhaps a little more comfortable, but more importantly just a change that feels as good ...

The knitted, fully fashioned T-shirt

  When I travel, my default these days is a blouson over shirt and trousers.  It makes a nice switch from tailoring during the working days – perhaps a little more comfortable, but more importantly just a cha...

StyleAugust 30th 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

  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 re...

Style - August 14th 2019