Requirements for Instagram: Style and Good Looks

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“You want to know why she has so many Instagram followers?” chirped a colleague, in an irritated fashion “because she’s a skinny model. It has nothing to do with her style.” My ears pricked. An intense discussion was breaking out in my immediate vicinity. The subject of discussion: Chelsea Ciara – a model and Instagram sensation. “It’s just because she’s famous” someone else added, conclusively while another contended … [Read more...]

The Sartorial Season: Henley Royal Regatta

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Second in the series – after last year’s introduction to Royal Ascot – Henley is the most famous rowing regatta in the world. It takes place in Henley-on-Thames, approximately 1 hour from central London on the banks of the same famous river that flows through the capital. The regatta was established shortly after Queen Victoria assumed the throne, in 1839: the year in which Belgium, as a kingdom, was officially created. Taking place … [Read more...]

Underrated Assets: Suit Texture

I’ll probably get ridiculed for saying this by die-hard classicists, but navy suits are vastly overrated. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t dislike them. I will always feel obliged to own one; in certain situations, both professional and personal, nothing else will do. But their proudest owners are so doggedly attached to them, so reluctant to wear anything else that they have begun to irritate me. “They’re the smartest suits, and … [Read more...]

Sartorial Stereotypes: Beards

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The Darwin The Darwin man is a serious soul. A ‘transport entrepreneur’ (he sells vintage tricycles to commuters) and a ‘professional mixologist’ (he runs a pop-up bar on the river), he would never admit that he follows anything as frivolous as a ‘trend.’ His beard is a work of art to some, a trimmed hedge to many others. However, it would be foolish to deny that such a growth takes dedication, concentration and a good deal … [Read more...]

Indochino Suit Review

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If there is one constant between all of the online tailoring houses I have reviewed, it is that none of them have failed to impress me with the internationality of their businesses and the speed within which they can fulfill customer orders. If you were to ask a small, charming country tailor in, say, Tunbridge Wells to make you a suit, they’d tell you – rightly – that “it won’t be done in a hurry.” There’s the fabric to … [Read more...]