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

Read MoreMay 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 different ways of doing ...

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

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 different ways of doing ...

May 29th 2020

If you only had five pairs of (casual) trousers

Read MoreJul 4th 2022

I began the companion piece to this one - looking at smart trousers - by saying that it was the hardest chapter to write in our Wardrobe Building series.  I was right. I thought this one would be harder, but it’s not. The problem with going fr...

If you only had five pairs of (casual) trousers

I began the companion piece to this one - looking at smart trousers - by saying that it was the hardest chapter to write in our Wardrobe Building series.  I was right. I thought this one would be harder, but it’s not. The problem with going fr...

Jul 4th 2022

Jean-Manuel Moreau made-to-measure suit: Review

Read MoreJun 10th 2020

Let’s move the conclusion up to the top of this review, just to get it out of the way.  This is a great made-to-measure suit. It’s fitted well, styled well and made well, and for me illustrates the pinnacle of what made-to-measure should be.  F...

Jean-Manuel Moreau made-to-measure suit: Review

Let’s move the conclusion up to the top of this review, just to get it out of the way.  This is a great made-to-measure suit. It’s fitted well, styled well and made well, and for me illustrates the pinnacle of what made-to-measure should be.  F...

Jun 10th 2020

Summer colours: Tobacco and tan

Read MoreMay 12th 2017

Shades of tobacco and tan are one of the loveliest things to wear in the Summer.  As the weather warms up, I've put together three outfits here - all somewhere in the 5 to 7 formality range, also known as smart/casual - that illustrate this.  The...

Summer colours: Tobacco and tan

Shades of tobacco and tan are one of the loveliest things to wear in the Summer.  As the weather warms up, I've put together three outfits here - all somewhere in the 5 to 7 formality range, also known as smart/casual - that illustrate this.  The...

May 12th 2017

The knit polo shirt: My Summer staple

Read MoreMay 20th 2020

  Over the next few weeks on Permanent Style, I’ll be setting out the pieces that form the foundation of my smart/casual summer wardrobe.  We’ve covered the smart (read tailored) side of summer dressing in quite a lot of de...

The knit polo shirt: My Summer staple

  Over the next few weeks on Permanent Style, I’ll be setting out the pieces that form the foundation of my smart/casual summer wardrobe.  We’ve covered the smart (read tailored) side of summer dressing in quite a lot of de...

May 20th 2020

Summer Top 10: Polos, more polos, and espadrilles

Read MoreJul 6th 2022

I wasn’t going to do a ‘high summer’ version of our seasonal Top 10. After all, the spring edition back in April included such things as panama hats and boat shoes.  But everyone’s stock has been arriving so late that the intervening months ...

Summer Top 10: Polos, more polos, and espadrilles

I wasn’t going to do a ‘high summer’ version of our seasonal Top 10. After all, the spring edition back in April included such things as panama hats and boat shoes.  But everyone’s stock has been arriving so late that the intervening months ...

Jul 6th 2022

Spring/Summer Top 10: Chores, shirts and sweats

Read MoreApr 30th 2021

1. Drake’s bright-red suede chore jacket £1195 I’ve been asked a few times over the years about these suede chore jackets from Drake’s. Personally I tend to prefer blouson styles, and chore coats in cottons, particularly vintage ones. But sinc...

Spring/Summer Top 10: Chores, shirts and sweats

1. Drake’s bright-red suede chore jacket £1195 I’ve been asked a few times over the years about these suede chore jackets from Drake’s. Personally I tend to prefer blouson styles, and chore coats in cottons, particularly vintage ones. But sinc...

Apr 30th 2021

The jungle jacket: Summer's M65

Read MoreAug 30th 2021

This might be our last piece on summer clothing this year, and I wanted to use it to talk about one of my most useful pieces of the last few months - this vintage ‘jungle jacket’.  I bought it two years ago, at the now sadly closed Vintage Showr...

The jungle jacket: Summer's M65

This might be our last piece on summer clothing this year, and I wanted to use it to talk about one of my most useful pieces of the last few months - this vintage ‘jungle jacket’.  I bought it two years ago, at the now sadly closed Vintage Showr...

Aug 30th 2021

Coloured summer jackets: Final Anderson & Sheppard commission

Read MoreJul 29th 2022

How do I feel about orange? This linen looked more like a terracotta red when it was a swatch, but let’s face it, it’s orange. Fortunately I rather like it. Strong colour isn’t normally my thing, but when I do wear it, I prefer the colour to be...

Coloured summer jackets: Final Anderson & Sheppard commission

How do I feel about orange? This linen looked more like a terracotta red when it was a swatch, but let’s face it, it’s orange. Fortunately I rather like it. Strong colour isn’t normally my thing, but when I do wear it, I prefer the colour to be...

Jul 29th 2022

The case for the Summer Suit. With tie

Read MoreSep 6th 2021

Thomas Mastronardi is one of the best-dressed men I know. So, in the spirit of welcoming a greater range of voices onto Permanent Style, I asked Tom to bookend the summer by writing something on the seersucker and linen suits he loves so much. We dis...

The case for the Summer Suit. With tie

Thomas Mastronardi is one of the best-dressed men I know. So, in the spirit of welcoming a greater range of voices onto Permanent Style, I asked Tom to bookend the summer by writing something on the seersucker and linen suits he loves so much. We dis...

Sep 6th 2021

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

Our Spring/Summer Top 10, 2018

Read MoreMay 2nd 2018

Last week a friend in the industry asked me what aspect of writing Permanent Style I like the most. It is always, easily, discovering a new tailor, cloth or product that is different and inspiring. That journey from discovering something new, to se...

Our Spring/Summer Top 10, 2018

Last week a friend in the industry asked me what aspect of writing Permanent Style I like the most. It is always, easily, discovering a new tailor, cloth or product that is different and inspiring. That journey from discovering something new, to se...

May 2nd 2018

Our Spring/Summer Top 10, 2019

Read MoreApr 24th 2019

Last week the weather in London turned from 12 degrees to 22 in a couple of days. It seems that what passes for the English Spring is finally here. Of course, with most shops and brands Spring/Summer collections arrived in February, and went on sale ...

Our Spring/Summer Top 10, 2019

Last week the weather in London turned from 12 degrees to 22 in a couple of days. It seems that what passes for the English Spring is finally here. Of course, with most shops and brands Spring/Summer collections arrived in February, and went on sale ...

Apr 24th 2019

The guide to summer trouser cloths

Read MoreMay 10th 2017

The key functional aspect of trouser cloth is the body that enables it to drape well and hold its shape. It should throw a nice, clean line down the leg, hold its crease, and recover from wrinkling when hung at the end of the day. Unfortunately, th...

The guide to summer trouser cloths

The key functional aspect of trouser cloth is the body that enables it to drape well and hold its shape. It should throw a nice, clean line down the leg, hold its crease, and recover from wrinkling when hung at the end of the day. Unfortunately, th...

May 10th 2017

The best cloths of Spring/Summer 2020 - featuring Anglo-Italian

Read MoreMar 16th 2020

The headline news in this season’s round-up is the launch of Anglo-Italian cloth.  That’s right, the shop that does MTM tailoring is also selling cloth that customers can take elsewhere to have made.  The move was spurred, according to Jake [Gr...

The best cloths of Spring/Summer 2020 - featuring Anglo-Italian

The headline news in this season’s round-up is the launch of Anglo-Italian cloth.  That’s right, the shop that does MTM tailoring is also selling cloth that customers can take elsewhere to have made.  The move was spurred, according to Jake [Gr...

Mar 16th 2020

Our Summer Top 10

Read MoreJun 7th 2017

This feature is the first in what will become a series on Permanent Style, in which we analyse the seasonal offerings of all the top menswear brands, and pick out our favourite ten pieces. As ever on Permanent Style, there is nothing commercial abo...

Our Summer Top 10

This feature is the first in what will become a series on Permanent Style, in which we analyse the seasonal offerings of all the top menswear brands, and pick out our favourite ten pieces. As ever on Permanent Style, there is nothing commercial abo...

Jun 7th 2017

The guide to summer jacket cloths

Read MoreJul 24th 2017

In some ways, summer trousers are more challenging than jackets in terms of cloth, and therefore more interesting. Trousers present the challenge of having something cool, but with enough body or crispness to hang straight. Jackets are less res...

The guide to summer jacket cloths

In some ways, summer trousers are more challenging than jackets in terms of cloth, and therefore more interesting. Trousers present the challenge of having something cool, but with enough body or crispness to hang straight. Jackets are less res...

Jul 24th 2017

The guide to summer shirt fabrics

Read MoreJun 7th 2019

The aim of a shirt bought for summer might seem easy: to stay cool. But there are several variations here, and crossovers with styles and other functionality. This, then, is our substantive yet focused guide to buying a shirt fabric for the warme...

The guide to summer shirt fabrics

The aim of a shirt bought for summer might seem easy: to stay cool. But there are several variations here, and crossovers with styles and other functionality. This, then, is our substantive yet focused guide to buying a shirt fabric for the warme...

Jun 7th 2019

The best cloths of Spring/Summer 2019

Read MoreMar 22nd 2019

This is the latest instalment in our series highlighting my favourite new seasonal cloths - providing a heads-up to readers on those that will mostly only be around for six months. It’s interesting to see how the ranges develop. While Caccioppoli...

The best cloths of Spring/Summer 2019

This is the latest instalment in our series highlighting my favourite new seasonal cloths - providing a heads-up to readers on those that will mostly only be around for six months. It’s interesting to see how the ranges develop. While Caccioppoli...

Mar 22nd 2019

Nicola Cornacchia grey summer suit: Review

Read MoreJun 1st 2020

This summer suit from Sartoria Cornacchia was made for me last year, and I would like to apologise for the delay in covering it. I didn’t get around to shooting the suit until the end of the Summer; events and the pop-up then got in the way; and by...

Nicola Cornacchia grey summer suit: Review

This summer suit from Sartoria Cornacchia was made for me last year, and I would like to apologise for the delay in covering it. I didn’t get around to shooting the suit until the end of the Summer; events and the pop-up then got in the way; and by...

Jun 1st 2020

Earthy, refined colours for summer: Biagio Granata, Marol, Baudoin & Lange

Read MoreJul 12th 2019

Today is a lovely day in London (the day I write this, that is, July 3, not the day it’s published). Sunny, a light breeze, a few clouds drifting across the sky.  It’s twenty-three degrees celcius. The kind of temperature where yo...

Earthy, refined colours for summer: Biagio Granata, Marol, Baudoin & Lange

Today is a lovely day in London (the day I write this, that is, July 3, not the day it’s published). Sunny, a light breeze, a few clouds drifting across the sky.  It’s twenty-three degrees celcius. The kind of temperature where yo...

Jul 12th 2019

Solito summer jacket: Style breakdown

Read MoreDec 24th 2018

The next area we move onto in our Style Breakdown series is Naples - which might have more high-end bespoke tailors than anywhere else in the world. Neapolitan tailoring is known for its soft jackets, with light shoulder padding and chest canvas, bo...

Solito summer jacket: Style breakdown

The next area we move onto in our Style Breakdown series is Naples - which might have more high-end bespoke tailors than anywhere else in the world. Neapolitan tailoring is known for its soft jackets, with light shoulder padding and chest canvas, bo...

Dec 24th 2018

The best shoes for summer

Read MoreJul 2nd 2014

 When the temperatures rise, one of the most uncomfortable things can be your shoes – particularly when dressing informally.The key to keeping cool is to have light, preferably unlined shoes, and wear them without full socks wherever possible.The ...

The best shoes for summer

 When the temperatures rise, one of the most uncomfortable things can be your shoes – particularly when dressing informally.The key to keeping cool is to have light, preferably unlined shoes, and wear them without full socks wherever possible.The ...

Jul 2nd 2014

Prologue semi-bespoke summer jacket: Review

Read MoreApr 17th 2019

This is the summer jacket that Hong Kong outfit Prologue have been making for me over the past six months. It is finally ready, with two fittings, and I think the result is great. It’s not perfect, but the fit is good and the work solid too. If...

Prologue semi-bespoke summer jacket: Review

This is the summer jacket that Hong Kong outfit Prologue have been making for me over the past six months. It is finally ready, with two fittings, and I think the result is great. It’s not perfect, but the fit is good and the work solid too. If...

Apr 17th 2019

Summer outfits at the Huntsman dinner 2018

Read MoreAug 3rd 2018

“The therapy I never knew I needed.” That was how one reader described our reader dinner at Huntsman last year, and this year’s was no different. Ten winning readers came to the event, with four flying in specially from Spain, Italy and German...

Summer outfits at the Huntsman dinner 2018

“The therapy I never knew I needed.” That was how one reader described our reader dinner at Huntsman last year, and this year’s was no different. Ten winning readers came to the event, with four flying in specially from Spain, Italy and German...

Aug 3rd 2018