Reader question: Wearing odd jackets

Read MoreOct 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 new job where most people wear...

Oct 16th 2009

Reader question: Wet shoes

Read MoreDec 27th 2008

Rob, London: I keep buying what I think are decent shoes (Barker brogues x2 and Loake Oxfords x1) with leather soles. I’ve found they soak up water when I wear them on a wet day. It is coming through the soles! Are my shoes not a good enough qualit...

Reader question: Wet shoes

Rob, London: I keep buying what I think are decent shoes (Barker brogues x2 and Loake Oxfords x1) with leather soles. I’ve found they soak up water when I wear them on a wet day. It is coming through the soles! Are my shoes not a good enough qualit...

Dec 27th 2008

Reader question: Trouser waists

Read MoreDec 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 months, so l...

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 questions over the past few months, so l...

Dec 31st 2010

Reader question: first bespoke, in Hong Kong

Read MoreMar 28th 2012

WW Chan jacket, courtesy of The ArmouryHi 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 in ...

Reader question: first bespoke, in Hong Kong

WW Chan jacket, courtesy of The ArmouryHi 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 in ...

Mar 28th 2012

Reader question: Looking after ties

Read MoreApr 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, which I i...

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 question I have of ties, which I i...

Apr 16th 2012

Reader question: Summer shoes

Read MoreMay 30th 2012

Edward Green Pimlico, unlinedHi Simon,I have been searching the internet but not really found anything thatreally helps, unless I have been asking Google the wrong questions.Anyway, with the weather finally being that of the south of France, going to...

Reader question: Summer shoes

Edward Green Pimlico, unlinedHi Simon,I have been searching the internet but not really found anything thatreally helps, unless I have been asking Google the wrong questions.Anyway, with the weather finally being that of the south of France, going to...

May 30th 2012

Buying a versatile black shoe: Reader question

Read MoreJun 29th 2012

The best of both worlds? An Alfred Sargent ArmfieldDear Simon,I have a quick question regarding black shoes that I thought you might be able to help with. I'm thinking of investing in a good pair of versatile black shoes that I can wear for business ...

Buying a versatile black shoe: Reader question

The best of both worlds? An Alfred Sargent ArmfieldDear Simon,I have a quick question regarding black shoes that I thought you might be able to help with. I'm thinking of investing in a good pair of versatile black shoes that I can wear for business ...

Jun 29th 2012

The formality of trousers: Reader question

Read MoreMar 9th 2015

   Dear Simon, I’ve always been extremes: a worsted wool suit or denim jeans. But having had my first couple of “sports jackets” made I thought it was worth while moving up in the formality stakes with trousers occasionally. I realise up from...

The formality of trousers: Reader question

   Dear Simon, I’ve always been extremes: a worsted wool suit or denim jeans. But having had my first couple of “sports jackets” made I thought it was worth while moving up in the formality stakes with trousers occasionally. I realise up from...

Mar 9th 2015

A suit at Thom Sweeney: Reader question

Read MoreOct 3rd 2012

Dear Simon,??I hope that you don't mind me emailing you, but I have a few questions regarding bespoke and made-to-measure suits that I need to ask someone who knows about style, and you seem to be one of the most knowledgeable on the subject.??...

A suit at Thom Sweeney: Reader question

Dear Simon,??I hope that you don't mind me emailing you, but I have a few questions regarding bespoke and made-to-measure suits that I need to ask someone who knows about style, and you seem to be one of the most knowledgeable on the subject.??...

Oct 3rd 2012

How to wear a black necktie - reader question

Read MoreFeb 11th 2015

 Dear Simon, Following your Calvo de Mora combination [above] What are your general guidelines to wearing a black necktie? Most of the time I see it paired with the classic ensemble of white shirt with a grey jacket/grey suit. Any other combination...

How to wear a black necktie - reader question

 Dear Simon, Following your Calvo de Mora combination [above] What are your general guidelines to wearing a black necktie? Most of the time I see it paired with the classic ensemble of white shirt with a grey jacket/grey suit. Any other combination...

Feb 11th 2015

Is a bespoke suit made entirely by hand? - Reader question

Read MoreAug 23rd 2013

Dear Simon,I was talking with a local bespoke tailor to sound out what they offer and how much handwork goes into their garments. Obviously everything is struck and cut by hand on premises, but he told me that the main seams are machine-sewn. The lap...

Is a bespoke suit made entirely by hand? - Reader question

Dear Simon,I was talking with a local bespoke tailor to sound out what they offer and how much handwork goes into their garments. Obviously everything is struck and cut by hand on premises, but he told me that the main seams are machine-sewn. The lap...

Aug 23rd 2013

Reader question: Deck shoes

Read MoreMar 31st 2008

Tom, Hong Kong: Simon, where do you stand on deck shoes? I’ve seen them around and think they’d be a nice compromise between scruffy converse and brogues when wearing jeans or casual trousers. I grew up detesting them for being too boaty but quit...

Reader question: Deck shoes

Tom, Hong Kong: Simon, where do you stand on deck shoes? I’ve seen them around and think they’d be a nice compromise between scruffy converse and brogues when wearing jeans or casual trousers. I grew up detesting them for being too boaty but quit...

Mar 31st 2008

Reader question: Office casual, part 2

Read MoreAug 20th 2008

[In the first part of this post, I answered a query from Ed about how to dress up at work while remaining a little casual – getting interested in dressier clothes without going all the way to a suit. My first reply dealt with leather shoes and casu...

Reader question: Office casual, part 2

[In the first part of this post, I answered a query from Ed about how to dress up at work while remaining a little casual – getting interested in dressier clothes without going all the way to a suit. My first reply dealt with leather shoes and casu...

Aug 20th 2008

How high should my trousers be? - Reader question

Read MoreJul 10th 2013

Hi Simon:Just wanted to say a big thank you for the wonderful work that you have been doing, it’s really pointed the rest us in the right direction.One thing that I have been rather confused on is how pants should fit for someone with my physique...

How high should my trousers be? - Reader question

Hi Simon:Just wanted to say a big thank you for the wonderful work that you have been doing, it’s really pointed the rest us in the right direction.One thing that I have been rather confused on is how pants should fit for someone with my physique...

Jul 10th 2013

Reader question: What do you wear at the weekend?

Read MoreJun 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, whi...

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 of chinos: those from Albam, whi...

Jun 17th 2011

Reader question: Fake welts and lacing

Read MoreJun 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 questi...

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 shoe details. Among the questi...

Jun 8th 2009

Reader question: What should I buy in London?

Read MoreJul 6th 2012

A typical ensemble at Trunk ClothiersDear Simon,My name is David and I have been a fan of your work for quite a while now. As an undergraduate business student at Northeastern University (Boston, MA), I have gradually realised a passion for good styl...

Reader question: What should I buy in London?

A typical ensemble at Trunk ClothiersDear Simon,My name is David and I have been a fan of your work for quite a while now. As an undergraduate business student at Northeastern University (Boston, MA), I have gradually realised a passion for good styl...

Jul 6th 2012

Reader question: Further sales reductions

Read MoreJan 6th 2009

Dmytro, London: As a young professional who just started working here in the UK I find your advice really helpful, especially about basic wardrobe items: like shoes, suits etc. I have a question on sales in London shops – many of the more expensive...

Reader question: Further sales reductions

Dmytro, London: As a young professional who just started working here in the UK I find your advice really helpful, especially about basic wardrobe items: like shoes, suits etc. I have a question on sales in London shops – many of the more expensive...

Jan 6th 2009

Reader question: Indiana Jones

Read MoreSep 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 forward...

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 your articles and look forward...

Sep 23rd 2010

Reader question: Working in a bank

Read MoreSep 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 should never be worn as they de...

Sep 23rd 2009

Reader question: Side straps and chinos

Read MoreSep 5th 2012

Incotex trousersDear Simon,I have a couple of questions on trousers which I haven’t seen you address. First, you said in a post a while ago that side straps should be positioned on the waistband seam, not the waistband itself, to make it more comfo...

Reader question: Side straps and chinos

Incotex trousersDear Simon,I have a couple of questions on trousers which I haven’t seen you address. First, you said in a post a while ago that side straps should be positioned on the waistband seam, not the waistband itself, to make it more comfo...

Sep 5th 2012

Reader question: Taking pictures to the tailors

Read MoreAug 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 suc...

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 extent it is advisable to show suc...

Aug 26th 2009

Reader question: Planning the week

Read MoreJul 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 them in the closet makes my m...

Jul 5th 2009

Reader question: Building a wardrobe

Read MoreFeb 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 yet...

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 amongst my executive peers yet...

Feb 14th 2009

Reader question: Examining the fit

Read MoreApr 24th 2008

Pete, Hong Kong: When I’m standing in front of the mirror for my first fitting, how do I tell whether the suit fits or not? How do I know if the tailor has done a good job, and tell him to change something if he hasn’t? As with the last post, he...

Reader question: Examining the fit

Pete, Hong Kong: When I’m standing in front of the mirror for my first fitting, how do I tell whether the suit fits or not? How do I know if the tailor has done a good job, and tell him to change something if he hasn’t? As with the last post, he...

Apr 24th 2008