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? 

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 ...

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 

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. ...

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?

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 an...

StyleJuly 2nd 2021

The rules and how to break them: Suits without ties 

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: Suits without ties 

  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 t...

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

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 ‘fud...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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 shi...

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

    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 c...

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

  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 colour...

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

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 ...

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

“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. ...

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

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 l...

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

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 w...

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

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, an...

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

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. Wi...

StyleDecember 9th 2020

The style and price of Berg & Berg

November 25th 2020

I’ve always liked the way Andreas Larsson at Berg & Berg designs - and styles - the clothes for the brand. In particular, I think his approach to casual chic (I’m sticking with that term) is impressive: he consistently demonstra...

The style and price of Berg & Berg

I’ve always liked the way Andreas Larsson at Berg & Berg designs - and styles - the clothes for the brand.  In particular, I think his approach to casual chic (I’m sticking with that term) is impressive: he con...

Knitwear - StyleNovember 25th 2020

Colour in the city: How to dress like Jean-Manuel...

October 2nd 2020

  I asked Jean-Manuel Moreau to be the next chapter in our ‘ How to dress like’ series specifically because of the way he wears colour. Creating jacket/trouser/shirt/shoe combinations that feel new and interesting, yet remain mo...

Colour in the city: How to dress like Jean-Manuel...

  I asked Jean-Manuel Moreau to be the next chapter in our ‘ How to dress like’ series specifically because of the way he wears colour.  Creating jacket/trouser/shirt/shoe combinations that feel new and interes...

StyleOctober 2nd 2020

The formal tieless jacket – with Steven Hit...

September 28th 2020

How smart can you be without a suit or tie? Formality in tailoring is often discussed in terms of these two things. And it is true that wearing a suit rather than a jacket, and a tie rather than an open-necked shirt, will usually be smarter. But i...

The formal tieless jacket – with Steven Hit...

How smart can you be without a suit or tie?  Formality in tailoring is often discussed in terms of these two things. And it is true that wearing a suit rather than a jacket, and a tie rather than an open-necked shirt, ...

Jackets - StyleSeptember 28th 2020

Workwear and tailoring: How to dress like Willy Wang

September 11th 2020

  I first spent time with Willy Wang ( @wwc.willy) last year during our pop-up shop on Savile Row, when he was here with The Anthology. (He works in the company’s Taipei store, which is also a Bryceland’s retailer.) I had followe...

Workwear and tailoring: How to dress like Willy Wang

  I first spent time with Willy Wang ( @wwc.willy) last year during our pop-up shop on Savile Row, when he was here with The Anthology. (He works in the company’s Taipei store, which is also a Bryceland’s retail...

StyleSeptember 11th 2020

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

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 b...

StyleAugust 14th 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)

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 m...

StyleAugust 5th 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

  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