The complete capsule: Prices, budgets and timelines

Read MoreJul 13th 2020

Our ‘complete capsule’ article last month went down particularly well with readers. Setting out a concentrated, versatile wardrobe, I think it provided both a good starting point for new readers and a way for older ones to realise gaps in their...

The complete capsule: Prices, budgets and timelines

Our ‘complete capsule’ article last month went down particularly well with readers. Setting out a concentrated, versatile wardrobe, I think it provided both a good starting point for new readers and a way for older ones to realise gaps in their...

Jul 13th 2020

A complete capsule wardrobe

Read MoreJun 17th 2020

This article was spurred by two things. First, by a reader specifically asking for it, on another capsule post in this series (always a good sign). And second, by some consultancy work I’ve been doing, where the client had assembled an impressiv...

A complete capsule wardrobe

This article was spurred by two things. First, by a reader specifically asking for it, on another capsule post in this series (always a good sign). And second, by some consultancy work I’ve been doing, where the client had assembled an impressiv...

Jun 17th 2020

Trousers and what they go with: A sliding scale of formality

Read MoreSep 26th 2022

When we published our second capsule guide to trousers recently, there was a discussion in the comments as to their smartness - and a request for an article setting it out.  Now, trousers vary in more than just their material, so this will always be...

Trousers and what they go with: A sliding scale of formality

When we published our second capsule guide to trousers recently, there was a discussion in the comments as to their smartness - and a request for an article setting it out.  Now, trousers vary in more than just their material, so this will always be...

Sep 26th 2022

A shopping guide to ready-made trousers

Read MoreOct 26th 2022

By Manish Puri If my years of reading Permanent Style have taught me anything, it’s that few things make a man look better than a tailored jacket. If my years of having eyes have taught me anything, it’s that few things make a man look worse than...

A shopping guide to ready-made trousers

By Manish Puri If my years of reading Permanent Style have taught me anything, it’s that few things make a man look better than a tailored jacket. If my years of having eyes have taught me anything, it’s that few things make a man look worse than...

Oct 26th 2022

Navy jacket and jeans (with recommended cloths)

Read MoreAug 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 neve...

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 me last year but which I've neve...

Aug 5th 2020

If you only had five casual suits: A capsule collection

Read MoreJul 10th 2019

I found it very interesting in our recent capsule suit collection article how many readers mentioned wearing suits casually.  It’s natural to assume that suits are for business. It is how they have been most commonly used in recent decades, aft...

If you only had five casual suits: A capsule collection

I found it very interesting in our recent capsule suit collection article how many readers mentioned wearing suits casually.  It’s natural to assume that suits are for business. It is how they have been most commonly used in recent decades, aft...

Jul 10th 2019

Hopsack blazer: the perfect summer jacket

Read MoreMay 29th 2015

 This Caliendo hopsack blazer was completed earlier in the year and is now fast becoming the most useful item in my wardrobe.Just like the Solito cashmere blazer I had made for Autumn/Winter last year, it is thrown on with everything: with a shirt a...

Hopsack blazer: the perfect summer jacket

 This Caliendo hopsack blazer was completed earlier in the year and is now fast becoming the most useful item in my wardrobe.Just like the Solito cashmere blazer I had made for Autumn/Winter last year, it is thrown on with everything: with a shirt a...

May 29th 2015

Junk clothing and joke clothing

Read MoreDec 23rd 2019

In recent weeks two friends inadvertently coined similar phrases, in relation to what they saw as wrong with clothing today.  One referred to the buying of large volumes of cheap clothes - often plastic, often made in poor labour conditions - as ‘...

Junk clothing and joke clothing

In recent weeks two friends inadvertently coined similar phrases, in relation to what they saw as wrong with clothing today.  One referred to the buying of large volumes of cheap clothes - often plastic, often made in poor labour conditions - as ‘...

Dec 23rd 2019

A casual Summer capsule 

Read MoreJul 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 25...

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.  Anything consistently above 25...

Jul 7th 2021

The cold-colour capsule

Read MoreDec 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. With some secondary colours at th...

Dec 9th 2020

If you only had five shirts: A capsule collection

Read MoreAug 31st 2018

Readers have asked for a while for this post: something recommending a core, versatile shirt collection. The idea of suggesting such ‘capsule’ collections is that they help a newcomer build a wardrobe, prioritising the things that will give them...

If you only had five shirts: A capsule collection

Readers have asked for a while for this post: something recommending a core, versatile shirt collection. The idea of suggesting such ‘capsule’ collections is that they help a newcomer build a wardrobe, prioritising the things that will give them...

Aug 31st 2018

The weekend capsule wardrobe

Read MoreNov 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 end of...

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 of activities. At one end of...

Nov 13th 2019

If you only had five ties - a capsule collection

Read MoreOct 26th 2015

   Readers often ask for 'capsule collections' of types of clothes - shoes, suits, ties etc. There are many reasons such a list is useful. It can point to the 'essentials': those things that provide the foundation of a wardrobe. It can suggest in...

If you only had five ties - a capsule collection

   Readers often ask for 'capsule collections' of types of clothes - shoes, suits, ties etc. There are many reasons such a list is useful. It can point to the 'essentials': those things that provide the foundation of a wardrobe. It can suggest in...

Oct 26th 2015

Building a capsule wardrobe: reader question

Read MoreMay 5th 2014

Dear Simon, You have written eloquently before on building a wardrobe aimed, I suspect, at the young city-based professional wanting to start to explore the world of good quality RTW or bespoke tailoring. My question is slightly different. Over the...

Building a capsule wardrobe: reader question

Dear Simon, You have written eloquently before on building a wardrobe aimed, I suspect, at the young city-based professional wanting to start to explore the world of good quality RTW or bespoke tailoring. My question is slightly different. Over the...

May 5th 2014

If you only had five shoes: A capsule collection

Read MoreSep 6th 2019

This series of posts on building a core wardrobe has proved incredibly popular - and now has its own dedicated Guide page here.  I’m sure it’s useful to guys that are just starting out, trying to decide whether to get that versatile pair of b...

If you only had five shoes: A capsule collection

This series of posts on building a core wardrobe has proved incredibly popular - and now has its own dedicated Guide page here.  I’m sure it’s useful to guys that are just starting out, trying to decide whether to get that versatile pair of b...

Sep 6th 2019

Men need a core casual wardrobe

Read MoreApr 26th 2019

Over the next few weeks, will be doing a few posts on creating a core wardrobe of clothes - often called a 'capsule collection' - to add to those already published on ties, shirts and handkerchiefs. In my opinion this is more important than ever. He...

Men need a core casual wardrobe

Over the next few weeks, will be doing a few posts on creating a core wardrobe of clothes - often called a 'capsule collection' - to add to those already published on ties, shirts and handkerchiefs. In my opinion this is more important than ever. He...

Apr 26th 2019

If you only had five business suits: A capsule collection

Read MoreApr 29th 2019

These 'Building a Wardrobe' pieces have now been collected into a Guide, which will expand over time. You can see the list at the right (on desktop), at the bottom of this post (on mobile) or simply on its own page here.  When you first sta...

If you only had five business suits: A capsule collection

These 'Building a Wardrobe' pieces have now been collected into a Guide, which will expand over time. You can see the list at the right (on desktop), at the bottom of this post (on mobile) or simply on its own page here.  When you first sta...

Apr 29th 2019

If you only had five handkerchiefs - a capsule collection

Read MoreJan 7th 2016

   A capsule collection has many uses. When you travel for long periods, for example, you want a small but versatile collection of clothes that has a large number of permutations, and suits different occasions. And if you commute by bike (as I d...

If you only had five handkerchiefs - a capsule collection

   A capsule collection has many uses. When you travel for long periods, for example, you want a small but versatile collection of clothes that has a large number of permutations, and suits different occasions. And if you commute by bike (as I d...

Jan 7th 2016

If you only had five jackets: A capsule collection

Read MoreSep 21st 2020

This latest article in our Wardrobe Building series is on sports jackets, odd jackets, or just jackets. Whatever you want to call them.  It’s an area with little understanding. I loved the exchange in The Times that a reader highlighted recentl...

If you only had five jackets: A capsule collection

This latest article in our Wardrobe Building series is on sports jackets, odd jackets, or just jackets. Whatever you want to call them.  It’s an area with little understanding. I loved the exchange in The Times that a reader highlighted recentl...

Sep 21st 2020

A casual capsule: The Valstarino jacket three ways

Read MoreDec 21st 2017

The blouson in general, but particularly in brown and especially in brown suede, has to be one of the most versatile pieces in a man's wardrobe.The shape is short and neat enough to work well with smarter clothing; suede suggests a more dressy look;...

A casual capsule: The Valstarino jacket three ways

The blouson in general, but particularly in brown and especially in brown suede, has to be one of the most versatile pieces in a man's wardrobe.The shape is short and neat enough to work well with smarter clothing; suede suggests a more dressy look;...

Dec 21st 2017

Colours of knitwear: Building a capsule

Read MoreFeb 2nd 2022

As men have been wearing less tailoring in recent years - particularly to work - I’ve been getting more questions about colours of knitwear.  Specifically, readers ask what are the most versatile pieces to invest in - creating a similar guide t...

Colours of knitwear: Building a capsule

As men have been wearing less tailoring in recent years - particularly to work - I’ve been getting more questions about colours of knitwear.  Specifically, readers ask what are the most versatile pieces to invest in - creating a similar guide t...

Feb 2nd 2022

If you had five coats: A versatile selection

Read MoreDec 1st 2021

As with our previous article in this series - on bags - five coats might seem like a lot, but actually chances are many readers already have that in their wardrobe, if they account for smart and casual coats, for warmth and for rain.  And given t...

If you had five coats: A versatile selection

As with our previous article in this series - on bags - five coats might seem like a lot, but actually chances are many readers already have that in their wardrobe, if they account for smart and casual coats, for warmth and for rain.  And given t...

Dec 1st 2021

If you only had five (smart) trousers

Read MoreMar 28th 2022

Of all the articles I’ve written in our Wardrobe Building series, this might be the hardest. Even if we’re just looking at smart trousers, the pairs that suit somebody will vary hugely with lifestyle and with taste. A pair of whipcords is prob...

If you only had five (smart) trousers

Of all the articles I’ve written in our Wardrobe Building series, this might be the hardest. Even if we’re just looking at smart trousers, the pairs that suit somebody will vary hugely with lifestyle and with taste. A pair of whipcords is prob...

Mar 28th 2022

If you only had five bags: A capsule collection

Read MoreSep 8th 2021

Five bags might seem like a lot - certainly compared to shirts or ties, as featured previously in this series.  But given you’ll need some kind of suitcase, plus a day bag, and probably a backpack for cycling, walking or sports, five isn’t th...

If you only had five bags: A capsule collection

Five bags might seem like a lot - certainly compared to shirts or ties, as featured previously in this series.  But given you’ll need some kind of suitcase, plus a day bag, and probably a backpack for cycling, walking or sports, five isn’t th...

Sep 8th 2021

The three wardrobes that define my week 

Read MoreSep 14th 2022

Broadly speaking, I dress in one of three ways during the week. They are defined quite clearly (to simplify the process, as much as anything else) and represent three general levels of smartness. I know readers will be interested in having these set ...

The three wardrobes that define my week 

Broadly speaking, I dress in one of three ways during the week. They are defined quite clearly (to simplify the process, as much as anything else) and represent three general levels of smartness. I know readers will be interested in having these set ...

Sep 14th 2022