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

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

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

Rubato officer's chinos: Review

Read MoreMay 14th 2021

I've come to really like these Rubato chinos, but it’s worth saying from the outset that they're not the originals.  I had them narrowed after a few weeks, as I found the leg too wide. In the thigh it went from 33.5cm to 32cm, and in the hem from ...

Rubato officer's chinos: Review

I've come to really like these Rubato chinos, but it’s worth saying from the outset that they're not the originals.  I had them narrowed after a few weeks, as I found the leg too wide. In the thigh it went from 33.5cm to 32cm, and in the hem from ...

May 14th 2021

Cashmere Rugby restock, with navy

Read MoreOct 14th 2022

The Cashmere Rugby - our reintroduction of the classic four-ply quality of Scottish polo - has just been restocked.  A dark navy has been added to last year's flannel grey, covering pretty much all the bases for a slightly classic, slightly better-d...

Cashmere Rugby restock, with navy

The Cashmere Rugby - our reintroduction of the classic four-ply quality of Scottish polo - has just been restocked.  A dark navy has been added to last year's flannel grey, covering pretty much all the bases for a slightly classic, slightly better-d...

Oct 14th 2022

Niwaki Japanese tools and knives: Levels of quality

Read MoreSep 30th 2022

You might be forgiven for wondering why a luxury Japanese gardening shop opened last year on Chiltern Street - I mean, who buys axes and ladders in Marylebone on a casual Saturday afternoon? The explanation lies in the history of that store, Niwaki, ...

Niwaki Japanese tools and knives: Levels of quality

You might be forgiven for wondering why a luxury Japanese gardening shop opened last year on Chiltern Street - I mean, who buys axes and ladders in Marylebone on a casual Saturday afternoon? The explanation lies in the history of that store, Niwaki, ...

Sep 30th 2022

Reader profile: Shun

Read MoreOct 17th 2022

With the PS reader profiles, we’re always looking to add something different - a different style, a different age, hopefully at some point a different location.  Although Shun’s love of classic menswear will be shared by many, he is a little dif...

Reader profile: Shun

With the PS reader profiles, we’re always looking to add something different - a different style, a different age, hopefully at some point a different location.  Although Shun’s love of classic menswear will be shared by many, he is a little dif...

Oct 17th 2022

Video: Tony Sylvester, style and subcultures

Read MoreSep 19th 2022

Can subcultures ever exist in this century the way they did in the last? Why are logos better on some clothes than others? Why do French men dress like happy Englishmen?  When I introduced this talk with Tony Sylvester I promised a wide ranging mens...

Video: Tony Sylvester, style and subcultures

Can subcultures ever exist in this century the way they did in the last? Why are logos better on some clothes than others? Why do French men dress like happy Englishmen?  When I introduced this talk with Tony Sylvester I promised a wide ranging mens...

Sep 19th 2022

Doek tennis shoes: How great things age

Read MoreOct 19th 2022

I have had these Doek canvas trainers - what could usefully be called tennis shoes - for five years. They have been worn once or twice a week, every week, during that period. So hundreds of times.  With bare feet in the summer, they've occasionally ...

Doek tennis shoes: How great things age

I have had these Doek canvas trainers - what could usefully be called tennis shoes - for five years. They have been worn once or twice a week, every week, during that period. So hundreds of times.  With bare feet in the summer, they've occasionally ...

Oct 19th 2022

Women and clothes: An interview with Emilie Hawtin

Read MoreOct 7th 2022

It’s not uncommon to hear men complain that they don’t know what to wear anymore, particularly to the office. Or that there aren’t any good mid-market brands, just cheap high-street and high-end luxury. But no matter what our issues, women have...

Women and clothes: An interview with Emilie Hawtin

It’s not uncommon to hear men complain that they don’t know what to wear anymore, particularly to the office. Or that there aren’t any good mid-market brands, just cheap high-street and high-end luxury. But no matter what our issues, women have...

Oct 7th 2022

Introducing: The navy Donegal Coat

Read MoreSep 28th 2022

The cut and contours of this, the PS Donegal Coat, will be familiar to most readers. So I’ll focus on the colour to begin with.  This is our navy iteration, and it is primarily a large, 3x3 herringbone weave that alternates between navy and black....

Introducing: The navy Donegal Coat

The cut and contours of this, the PS Donegal Coat, will be familiar to most readers. So I’ll focus on the colour to begin with.  This is our navy iteration, and it is primarily a large, 3x3 herringbone weave that alternates between navy and black....

Sep 28th 2022

My new watch: Why I bought a seventies Speedmaster

Read MoreOct 12th 2022

Back in August, I wrote an article with some reflections on my watch collection, and mentioned that I was thinking of replacing my IWC Portugieser with a steel sports watch. I also asked horologically minded readers what their suggestions might be. ...

My new watch: Why I bought a seventies Speedmaster

Back in August, I wrote an article with some reflections on my watch collection, and mentioned that I was thinking of replacing my IWC Portugieser with a steel sports watch. I also asked horologically minded readers what their suggestions might be. ...

Oct 12th 2022

A guide to corduroy: Colours, wales, fibres, bunches

Read MoreNov 9th 2022

I’ve been buying and wearing more corduroy in recent years - including the new dark-brown jacket above, from Sartoria Ciardi.  I think the reason is that if you’re not dressing for a formal office, worsted is likely to feel out of place; flannel...

A guide to corduroy: Colours, wales, fibres, bunches

I’ve been buying and wearing more corduroy in recent years - including the new dark-brown jacket above, from Sartoria Ciardi.  I think the reason is that if you’re not dressing for a formal office, worsted is likely to feel out of place; flannel...

Nov 9th 2022

My family

Read MoreMar 29th 2021

I am a 39-year-old father of three wonderful daughters. My family is without question the most joyful and important thing in my life.  Why is this relevant to Permanent Style? Two reasons.  First, this demographic is not well-represented in the ima...

My family

I am a 39-year-old father of three wonderful daughters. My family is without question the most joyful and important thing in my life.  Why is this relevant to Permanent Style? Two reasons.  First, this demographic is not well-represented in the ima...

Mar 29th 2021

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

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

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 shoes should I wear with brown trousers?

Read MoreMay 23rd 2022

This might seem like a fairly simple question, but it comes up so often in comments that I think it’s worth answering in full here, and then directing anyone in the future to this post.  The reason people ask about shoes with brown trousers, of co...

What shoes should I wear with brown trousers?

This might seem like a fairly simple question, but it comes up so often in comments that I think it’s worth answering in full here, and then directing anyone in the future to this post.  The reason people ask about shoes with brown trousers, of co...

May 23rd 2022

Dalmo made-to-measure cashmere

Read MoreMay 3rd 2021

In recent weeks we’ve talked about hand-framed knitwear - the slow knitting process used on knits like the Stoffa ribbed polo and the Saman Amel cricket sweater.  I’ll do a more in-depth piece on the process later, but today I wanted to add one ...

Dalmo made-to-measure cashmere

In recent weeks we’ve talked about hand-framed knitwear - the slow knitting process used on knits like the Stoffa ribbed polo and the Saman Amel cricket sweater.  I’ll do a more in-depth piece on the process later, but today I wanted to add one ...

May 3rd 2021

Hats with coats: A sliding scale

Read MoreMar 19th 2021

I’m often asked which hats work best with different types of coat. In fact, it often comes up at this time of year - I guess when unexpected showers are more of a hazard. The sliding scale of formality with hats is pretty intuitive: a fedora is sma...

Hats with coats: A sliding scale

I’m often asked which hats work best with different types of coat. In fact, it often comes up at this time of year - I guess when unexpected showers are more of a hazard. The sliding scale of formality with hats is pretty intuitive: a fedora is sma...

Mar 19th 2021

Dominique Lelys and Artumes: Taking on the spirit of Arnys

Read MoreJun 20th 2022

By Tony Sylvester Roughly three years ago I wrote a piece for the Drake’s in-house magazine Common Thread. Given a free rein on any subject I wanted to talk about, I’d started ruminating on the similarities between French and English style, one o...

Dominique Lelys and Artumes: Taking on the spirit of Arnys

By Tony Sylvester Roughly three years ago I wrote a piece for the Drake’s in-house magazine Common Thread. Given a free rein on any subject I wanted to talk about, I’d started ruminating on the similarities between French and English style, one o...

Jun 20th 2022

A story in suits: My history with Anderson & Sheppard

Read MoreApr 27th 2022

I had my first suit made at Anderson & Sheppard 12 years ago, in 2010.  As I begin a series looking at the making of a new A&S jacket, I thought it would be interesting, even fun, to look back at that first suit and the ones that followed it...

A story in suits: My history with Anderson & Sheppard

I had my first suit made at Anderson & Sheppard 12 years ago, in 2010.  As I begin a series looking at the making of a new A&S jacket, I thought it would be interesting, even fun, to look back at that first suit and the ones that followed it...

Apr 27th 2022

Mohair cardigans and Rubato chinos

Read MoreApr 15th 2022

These chinos are the Rubato ones I’ve asked them to reissue, which will be available exclusively in the PS pop-up shop on Savile Row next week.  They’re not exactly the same as the originals, which were a single pleat where this is a flat front ...

Mohair cardigans and Rubato chinos

These chinos are the Rubato ones I’ve asked them to reissue, which will be available exclusively in the PS pop-up shop on Savile Row next week.  They’re not exactly the same as the originals, which were a single pleat where this is a flat front ...

Apr 15th 2022

Cocktail attire: An argument for a new type of evening wear

Read MoreDec 31st 2021

Just before Christmas, I organised a Permanent Style Christmas dinner, to thank a few people that had helped and supported PS in recent years.  We were hosted by Geordie D’Anyers Willis of Berry Bros & Rudd, which was kind of Geordie, and also...

Cocktail attire: An argument for a new type of evening wear

Just before Christmas, I organised a Permanent Style Christmas dinner, to thank a few people that had helped and supported PS in recent years.  We were hosted by Geordie D’Anyers Willis of Berry Bros & Rudd, which was kind of Geordie, and also...

Dec 31st 2021

My favourite clothes ever: Awards 2022

Read MoreJan 31st 2022

I have to say, I was really pleased with the reaction to this year’s PS Awards, which were set out here two weeks ago. It’s always nerve-wracking changing the format of a popular series, but after almost 1000 product recommendations from readers,...

My favourite clothes ever: Awards 2022

I have to say, I was really pleased with the reaction to this year’s PS Awards, which were set out here two weeks ago. It’s always nerve-wracking changing the format of a popular series, but after almost 1000 product recommendations from readers,...

Jan 31st 2022