Which sports-jacket office are you?

Read MoreJun 5th 2019

One of the most popular posts we’ve ever written on Permanent Style was ‘Which office are you?’, back in February 2016. It showed a spectrum of outfits from T-shirt and jeans, through knitwear and flannels, up to a jacket and tie - with just on...

Which sports-jacket office are you?

One of the most popular posts we’ve ever written on Permanent Style was ‘Which office are you?’, back in February 2016. It showed a spectrum of outfits from T-shirt and jeans, through knitwear and flannels, up to a jacket and tie - with just on...

Jun 5th 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

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

What's been your favourite post?

Read MoreDec 19th 2018

As Permanent Style is now 11 years old (that past year went quickly…) I thought it would be nice to consider what my favourite 11 posts from that little-more-than-a-decade. And I’d be really interested to hear what your favourite is too. It??...

What's been your favourite post?

As Permanent Style is now 11 years old (that past year went quickly…) I thought it would be nice to consider what my favourite 11 posts from that little-more-than-a-decade. And I’d be really interested to hear what your favourite is too. It??...

Dec 19th 2018

Video question: How can I dress up without a suit?

Read MoreMay 6th 2020

One of the things I enjoy most about Permanent Style is the comments from readers.  It’s like each article is a new thread in a forum, with subject raised and then comments, experiences and questions all following, vastly enriching the article?...

Video question: How can I dress up without a suit?

One of the things I enjoy most about Permanent Style is the comments from readers.  It’s like each article is a new thread in a forum, with subject raised and then comments, experiences and questions all following, vastly enriching the article?...

May 6th 2020

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

Shoes in wet weather: The best ways to prevent rain damage

Read MoreApr 20th 2020

Last month I wrote a fairly comprehensive piece on the ways to deal with rain damage on shoes, when it happens.  In this article, I’ll outline the best ways to prevent that damage happening in the first place - both in terms of which shoes you wea...

Shoes in wet weather: The best ways to prevent rain damage

Last month I wrote a fairly comprehensive piece on the ways to deal with rain damage on shoes, when it happens.  In this article, I’ll outline the best ways to prevent that damage happening in the first place - both in terms of which shoes you wea...

Apr 20th 2020

Why I rarely wear a pocket square today (and what I do instead)

Read MoreApr 29th 2020

The pocket square, or handkerchief, is an interesting indicator of how dapper clothing has trended in the past 15 years.  Broadly speaking, the late 1990s were all about business casual and the dotcom boom. Silicon Valley was not concerned with dres...

Why I rarely wear a pocket square today (and what I do instead)

The pocket square, or handkerchief, is an interesting indicator of how dapper clothing has trended in the past 15 years.  Broadly speaking, the late 1990s were all about business casual and the dotcom boom. Silicon Valley was not concerned with dres...

Apr 29th 2020

Introducing: The Finest Cardigan

Read MoreMay 27th 2020

This is the finest cardigan you will find, anywhere.  That’s what we do with this series of knitwear pieces (like the Dartmoor): commission the finest quality possible, and design it to be the perfect partner for tailoring.  This cardigan uses a ...

Introducing: The Finest Cardigan

This is the finest cardigan you will find, anywhere.  That’s what we do with this series of knitwear pieces (like the Dartmoor): commission the finest quality possible, and design it to be the perfect partner for tailoring.  This cardigan uses a ...

May 27th 2020

Three things I've bought on lockdown: Stevenson Overall, Harley, Hamilton & Hare

Read MoreApr 10th 2020

Although my purchasing has certainly slowed in recent weeks, I have continued to buy things that seemed practical, or which I wanted to try in order to cover on Permanent Style.  Time at home means burrowing into your closet, experimenting with old ...

Three things I've bought on lockdown: Stevenson Overall, Harley, Hamilton & Hare

Although my purchasing has certainly slowed in recent weeks, I have continued to buy things that seemed practical, or which I wanted to try in order to cover on Permanent Style.  Time at home means burrowing into your closet, experimenting with old ...

Apr 10th 2020

The accidental columnist: A conversation with Robert Armstrong

Read MoreJun 15th 2020

Robert Armstrong is the US Finance Editor at the Financial Times. He has also been their Chief Editorial Writer and edited the Lex column.  In the midst of all this international finance, he has also fallen into the role of FT menswear columnist. I?...

The accidental columnist: A conversation with Robert Armstrong

Robert Armstrong is the US Finance Editor at the Financial Times. He has also been their Chief Editorial Writer and edited the Lex column.  In the midst of all this international finance, he has also fallen into the role of FT menswear columnist. I?...

Jun 15th 2020

Introducing: The (brown) reversible Valstarino

Read MoreJun 8th 2020

*Update: Although a couple of sizes have sold out, several customers have bought two jackets in order to compare sizes, and will be returning one. So if your size is sold out, do email [email protected] to receive an alert when it comes back...

Introducing: The (brown) reversible Valstarino

*Update: Although a couple of sizes have sold out, several customers have bought two jackets in order to compare sizes, and will be returning one. So if your size is sold out, do email [email protected] to receive an alert when it comes back...

Jun 8th 2020

How I store my clothes

Read MoreApr 3rd 2020

Being at home more has given me time to write about something readers frequently ask about: how I store my clothes. The short answer is, with difficulty, particularly given how much I care about looking after them. Tailoring cannot be too cramped, le...

How I store my clothes

Being at home more has given me time to write about something readers frequently ask about: how I store my clothes. The short answer is, with difficulty, particularly given how much I care about looking after them. Tailoring cannot be too cramped, le...

Apr 3rd 2020

Video chat: Going to a maker for the first time

Read MoreMay 25th 2020

I’m not sure we really answered the question in this chat.  The idea of each of these videos is to take a frequently asked reader question, and then tackle it from every angle. Here the question was: ‘I’m going to a tailor or shirtmaker for th...

Video chat: Going to a maker for the first time

I’m not sure we really answered the question in this chat.  The idea of each of these videos is to take a frequently asked reader question, and then tackle it from every angle. Here the question was: ‘I’m going to a tailor or shirtmaker for th...

May 25th 2020

How to layer knitwear

Read MoreJan 4th 2019

Layering knitwear can be both stylish and practical. Practical, because it gives particular warmth on a cold day - more, usually, than a shirt under knitwear. The multiple layers are also easy to add and remove as the temperature varies. And stylish,...

How to layer knitwear

Layering knitwear can be both stylish and practical. Practical, because it gives particular warmth on a cold day - more, usually, than a shirt under knitwear. The multiple layers are also easy to add and remove as the temperature varies. And stylish,...

Jan 4th 2019

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

Licia Luchini: Bespoke knitwear, Florence

Read MoreDec 5th 2018

You don’t see many hand-knitted sweaters from luxury brands. In general, their knitwear is sold on the quality and rarity of the fibre, rather than the manufacture. And when you do - as at Ralph Lauren Purple Label for instance - they’re very ex...

Licia Luchini: Bespoke knitwear, Florence

You don’t see many hand-knitted sweaters from luxury brands. In general, their knitwear is sold on the quality and rarity of the fibre, rather than the manufacture. And when you do - as at Ralph Lauren Purple Label for instance - they’re very ex...

Dec 5th 2018

Suit Style 5: Selecting colour and pattern

Read MoreAug 10th 2018

This is part of a long-running series of articles known as the Guide to Suit Style, covering everything from the number of buttons on a suit to the difference between made-to-measure and bespoke.    It will continue to be added to over the next...

Suit Style 5: Selecting colour and pattern

This is part of a long-running series of articles known as the Guide to Suit Style, covering everything from the number of buttons on a suit to the difference between made-to-measure and bespoke.    It will continue to be added to over the next...

Aug 10th 2018

Amended Friday Polos in stock - and available to try on

Read MoreDec 14th 2018

Thank you for waiting so patiently - particularly those on the waiting list, who were alerted to the Friday Polo's availability a couple of days ago. The Friday Polo is now back in stock, in its original four colours: navy, green, grey and white. You...

Amended Friday Polos in stock - and available to try on

Thank you for waiting so patiently - particularly those on the waiting list, who were alerted to the Friday Polo's availability a couple of days ago. The Friday Polo is now back in stock, in its original four colours: navy, green, grey and white. You...

Dec 14th 2018

The guide to casual shirt fabrics

Read MoreSep 23rd 2018

  As work environments become increasingly casual, men are more in need of less formal shirts - usually worn without a tie, often with flannels or chinos. It’s fairly easy to see which styles of shirt are more casual. A French or double cuff, f...

The guide to casual shirt fabrics

  As work environments become increasingly casual, men are more in need of less formal shirts - usually worn without a tie, often with flannels or chinos. It’s fairly easy to see which styles of shirt are more casual. A French or double cuff, f...

Sep 23rd 2018

Michael Browne: Building the perfect tailor

Read MoreNov 11th 2019

Michael Browne is one of the most talented and creative tailors I’ve known in my time writing PS.  He is also one of the nicest. We talked for years about whether and how he would set up on his own, and when he finally did - and moved into the cur...

Michael Browne: Building the perfect tailor

Michael Browne is one of the most talented and creative tailors I’ve known in my time writing PS.  He is also one of the nicest. We talked for years about whether and how he would set up on his own, and when he finally did - and moved into the cur...

Nov 11th 2019

The colours and combinations of Hermes

Read MoreMay 15th 2019

The silk and leather headquarters of Hermes are in a pretty nondescript set of white buildings just outside Lyon. Here, there are the 100m and 150m-long silk printing tables that I described in our previous post. There is also a new two-storey buil...

The colours and combinations of Hermes

The silk and leather headquarters of Hermes are in a pretty nondescript set of white buildings just outside Lyon. Here, there are the 100m and 150m-long silk printing tables that I described in our previous post. There is also a new two-storey buil...

May 15th 2019

Best US shop 2019: The Armoury (or, how to break the US)

Read MoreFeb 27th 2019

Best shop in the US: The Armoury Runner-up: Sid Mashburn Some of the Permanent Style awards this year were close. The award for best US store was not: The Armoury romped home. To a certain extent, that’s not surprising. It stocks all the things ...

Best US shop 2019: The Armoury (or, how to break the US)

Best shop in the US: The Armoury Runner-up: Sid Mashburn Some of the Permanent Style awards this year were close. The award for best US store was not: The Armoury romped home. To a certain extent, that’s not surprising. It stocks all the things ...

Feb 27th 2019

A Connolly tonal outfit: cream, grey and brown

Read MoreApr 1st 2019

This outfit, worn on the last Saturday of our pop-up shop, is a good illustration of the kind of clothing that excites me at the moment. It could be defined, perhaps, as casual but luxurious, muted but refined. Casual, in that there’s no jacket, s...

A Connolly tonal outfit: cream, grey and brown

This outfit, worn on the last Saturday of our pop-up shop, is a good illustration of the kind of clothing that excites me at the moment. It could be defined, perhaps, as casual but luxurious, muted but refined. Casual, in that there’s no jacket, s...

Apr 1st 2019

Paolo Martorano bespoke, New York

Read MoreJan 31st 2020

Most bespoke tailoring in New York is structured differently to the old houses of Europe. It tends to be based around a designer or salesman - with extensive bespoke experience - rather than a cutter.  There are exceptions of course, including Leona...

Paolo Martorano bespoke, New York

Most bespoke tailoring in New York is structured differently to the old houses of Europe. It tends to be based around a designer or salesman - with extensive bespoke experience - rather than a cutter.  There are exceptions of course, including Leona...

Jan 31st 2020