How to wear trainers: Part 3. Style

Read MoreOct 13th 2017

This post is an illustrated explanation of how I wear trainers, or sneakers. As with similar exercises on the blog, I have attempted to be as structured as possible, keeping some parameters constant in order to focus on those being discussed.So in t...

How to wear trainers: Part 3. Style

This post is an illustrated explanation of how I wear trainers, or sneakers. As with similar exercises on the blog, I have attempted to be as structured as possible, keeping some parameters constant in order to focus on those being discussed.So in t...

Oct 13th 2017

How to wear trainers - 1: Design

Read MoreApr 20th 2016

  Designer trainers - or sneakers as our American friends call them - are all the rage. A cynic would say that's because brands have realised they can make big margins on a cheap, lightly designed product. An optimist would say it’s a reflectio...

How to wear trainers - 1: Design

  Designer trainers - or sneakers as our American friends call them - are all the rage. A cynic would say that's because brands have realised they can make big margins on a cheap, lightly designed product. An optimist would say it’s a reflectio...

Apr 20th 2016

My trainers: Common Projects

Read MoreJun 25th 2014

 Some readers might be surprised to learn that I regularly wear trainers. Few should be surprised that there is a rationality both aesthetically and functionally to the selection.My brand is Common Projects. I was introduced to the team there a few ...

My trainers: Common Projects

 Some readers might be surprised to learn that I regularly wear trainers. Few should be surprised that there is a rationality both aesthetically and functionally to the selection.My brand is Common Projects. I was introduced to the team there a few ...

Jun 25th 2014

How to wear trainers: Part 2. Quality

Read MoreOct 6th 2017

In recent years, as premium trainers/sneakers have increasingly popular, readers have asked for my view on when they might be appropriate with tailored clothing, and when they are, what they should buy. I covered that last point in the first part...

How to wear trainers: Part 2. Quality

In recent years, as premium trainers/sneakers have increasingly popular, readers have asked for my view on when they might be appropriate with tailored clothing, and when they are, what they should buy. I covered that last point in the first part...

Oct 6th 2017

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...

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 the...

Nov 13th 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

The knitted, fully fashioned T-shirt

Read MoreAug 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 as a rest.  The...

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 change that feels as good as a rest.  The...

Aug 30th 2019

Baseball cap, white jeans and Ivy: Pick and choose

Read MoreMar 4th 2020

There are five elements I want to talk about in this outfit. Five.  And I’ll take them all separately - because you can easily change one, or only like one. There’s no need to lift an outfit (or, give it the thumbs up/down) as a whole.  In fact...

Baseball cap, white jeans and Ivy: Pick and choose

There are five elements I want to talk about in this outfit. Five.  And I’ll take them all separately - because you can easily change one, or only like one. There’s no need to lift an outfit (or, give it the thumbs up/down) as a whole.  In fact...

Mar 4th 2020

Shoes in wet weather: How to deal with rain and salt damage

Read MoreMar 6th 2020

In the past week, perhaps as it has been particularly wet here, I’ve had three comments from readers on old posts about dealing with soaking-wet shoes.  Those old posts were never very comprehensive, so here is something fuller - dealing with all ...

Shoes in wet weather: How to deal with rain and salt damage

In the past week, perhaps as it has been particularly wet here, I’ve had three comments from readers on old posts about dealing with soaking-wet shoes.  Those old posts were never very comprehensive, so here is something fuller - dealing with all ...

Mar 6th 2020

How sustainable is luxury, bespoke clothing?

Read MoreMay 8th 2019

Sustainability might be a hot topic at the moment, but it’s one I’ve always felt has particular relevance for the Permanent Style audience. As consumers, we care more than average about clothes. We know and we care about quality. We deliberately...

How sustainable is luxury, bespoke clothing?

Sustainability might be a hot topic at the moment, but it’s one I’ve always felt has particular relevance for the Permanent Style audience. As consumers, we care more than average about clothes. We know and we care about quality. We deliberately...

May 8th 2019

Which office are you? (Or, a sliding scale of formality)

Read MoreFeb 15th 2016

   Dressing well is as much about propriety as it is about style, quality or personality.  This is particularly true at work, where there are often prescriptions, or at least expectations, about professionalism and clothing. I have often talke...

Which office are you? (Or, a sliding scale of formality)

   Dressing well is as much about propriety as it is about style, quality or personality.  This is particularly true at work, where there are often prescriptions, or at least expectations, about professionalism and clothing. I have often talke...

Feb 15th 2016

High/low dressing

Read MoreDec 6th 2017

The biggest potential pitfall with tailored dressing is looking fussy. Fussy is not sexy; it is not attractive. It is closely related to appearing ‘affected’ or ‘mannered’. Looking relaxed in clothing, on the other hand, is very attractive. I...

High/low dressing

The biggest potential pitfall with tailored dressing is looking fussy. Fussy is not sexy; it is not attractive. It is closely related to appearing ‘affected’ or ‘mannered’. Looking relaxed in clothing, on the other hand, is very attractive. I...

Dec 6th 2017

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

Reader question: Fashion and age

Read MoreDec 14th 2008

Nigel, London: How would you recommend that a slightly older man with an interest in youth-driven fashion incorporates this into his daily attire? Jeans, for example – some are so skinny they make you look even older than you are. Men’s style is...

Reader question: Fashion and age

Nigel, London: How would you recommend that a slightly older man with an interest in youth-driven fashion incorporates this into his daily attire? Jeans, for example – some are so skinny they make you look even older than you are. Men’s style is...

Dec 14th 2008

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

Casual and formal wear are closer than you think

Read MoreMar 1st 2008

I have always loved the Sartorialist, ever since Scott started shooting. The prime reason is that he applies a single aesthetic - essentially a classic, sartorial one - to the whole of his output, no matter what the subject matter. It is an aesthetic...

Casual and formal wear are closer than you think

I have always loved the Sartorialist, ever since Scott started shooting. The prime reason is that he applies a single aesthetic - essentially a classic, sartorial one - to the whole of his output, no matter what the subject matter. It is an aesthetic...

Mar 1st 2008

Introducing: The PS Shorts

Read MoreMay 30th 2018

Today our long-awaited shorts (by me, anyway) go on sale. They are available in two styles: a clean, smart navy and a casual, garment-washed green. Although some PS projects have been more involved, this has probably been the longest to completio...

Introducing: The PS Shorts

Today our long-awaited shorts (by me, anyway) go on sale. They are available in two styles: a clean, smart navy and a casual, garment-washed green. Although some PS projects have been more involved, this has probably been the longest to completio...

May 30th 2018

Brand round-up: Rubinacci, CQP and Carl Friedrik

Read MoreJul 3rd 2017

A slightly smaller set of reviews in the brand round-up this month, with more focus on the details. Rubinacci suit carrier, £1200 First up is this leather suit carrier - or garment bag - from Rubinacci, being offered by The Rake on their onlin...

Brand round-up: Rubinacci, CQP and Carl Friedrik

A slightly smaller set of reviews in the brand round-up this month, with more focus on the details. Rubinacci suit carrier, £1200 First up is this leather suit carrier - or garment bag - from Rubinacci, being offered by The Rake on their onlin...

Jul 3rd 2017

Colour combinations, from casual to formal

Read MoreMay 31st 2016

The colour combinations that we discuss every week in regards to formal wear, can be applied just as readily to casual wear.  Although there will always be elements that don't crossover (such as the immense versatility of denim) a lot of the themes...

Colour combinations, from casual to formal

The colour combinations that we discuss every week in regards to formal wear, can be applied just as readily to casual wear.  Although there will always be elements that don't crossover (such as the immense versatility of denim) a lot of the themes...

May 31st 2016

Suede shoes at the weekend

Read MoreApr 4th 2012

Edward Green WeymouthThose that feel bound to wear black lace-ups during the week all too often react with scruffy old trainers at the week end. They say they’re more comfortable. They say it helps them relax. In my experience, it is more likely to...

Suede shoes at the weekend

Edward Green WeymouthThose that feel bound to wear black lace-ups during the week all too often react with scruffy old trainers at the week end. They say they’re more comfortable. They say it helps them relax. In my experience, it is more likely to...

Apr 4th 2012

How I dress now: The jacket/trousers uniform

Read MoreNov 21st 2018

Eight months ago I quit my day job as a financial journalist in order to dedicate myself to Permanent Style. (Many heartfelt thanks for all the messages I’ve received since then.) This prompted an interesting question from readers: How would I dre...

How I dress now: The jacket/trousers uniform

Eight months ago I quit my day job as a financial journalist in order to dedicate myself to Permanent Style. (Many heartfelt thanks for all the messages I’ve received since then.) This prompted an interesting question from readers: How would I dre...

Nov 21st 2018

The T-shirt under a shirt (and tailoring)

Read MoreMar 18th 2020

A couple of weeks ago, we looked at a relatively casual outfit - and how elements such as a baseball cap or bright knitwear could make classic menswear less formal, with some Ivy influences. Today I’d like to talk about one element that I find just...

The T-shirt under a shirt (and tailoring)

A couple of weeks ago, we looked at a relatively casual outfit - and how elements such as a baseball cap or bright knitwear could make classic menswear less formal, with some Ivy influences. Today I’d like to talk about one element that I find just...

Mar 18th 2020

The appeal of workwear, and my favourite pieces

Read MoreNov 12th 2018

Although tailoring is my primary passion, I’ve always worn clothing that these days would be grouped under the term ‘workwear’ on the weekend. Good denim, obviously, but also sweatshirts, waxed boots and canvas trousers. Some of the best-love...

The appeal of workwear, and my favourite pieces

Although tailoring is my primary passion, I’ve always worn clothing that these days would be grouped under the term ‘workwear’ on the weekend. Good denim, obviously, but also sweatshirts, waxed boots and canvas trousers. Some of the best-love...

Nov 12th 2018

Holiday snaps 2019: No shorts in the city

Read MoreAug 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 having d...

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 readers find it interesting having d...

Aug 14th 2019

Video: A conversation of cordwainers

Read MoreMay 22nd 2019

Two weeks ago, Deborah Carre of Carreducker and I organised a talk among five very different shoemakers, to talk about how and why men are buying bespoke today. It was scheduled to coincide with London Craft Week, held in Carreducker's leather schoo...

Video: A conversation of cordwainers

Two weeks ago, Deborah Carre of Carreducker and I organised a talk among five very different shoemakers, to talk about how and why men are buying bespoke today. It was scheduled to coincide with London Craft Week, held in Carreducker's leather schoo...

May 22nd 2019