Favourite Ensembles: Burberry Prorsum Fall 2005

Christopher Bailey has done a fine job at Burberry. With a company legacy of gabardine rainwear and perhaps the most recognisable tartan check in the world, it was not a simple task to take Burberry from its fashion status as a ‘gilded pretender’ and to push it into the respected arena of financially successful ‘superbrands’ such as Dior Homme and Alexander McQueen. Having all the celebrity and historical credentials one could wish for, … [Read more...]

Hiking and Style


If I could think of one leisurely pursuit associated with garments that are the antithesis of good style, hiking is the pursuit I would think of. Hiking, or hill walking, itself is a healthy and rather romantic activity; the beautiful scenery, the wonderful mountain air and the enjoyment of exercise. It’s a reengagement with nature and an invigorating experience, and it’s rather sad that the equipment and attire accompanying does not possess … [Read more...]

The Logical Waistcoat Theory (Part Two)


(The first part of this posting (on Wednesday) bemoaned the fact that the suit had become impractical in most offices, with the jacket rarely worn. It is understandable, but a shame.) Here’s my solution. It’s logical and practical; though obviously that doesn’t mean anyone will take it up. The key is the waistcoat. Men don’t wear suit jackets because there’s no need in an air-conditioned office; the waistcoat will not make you … [Read more...]

Teach Your Children about Dressing Appropriately


One of the things I love most about working in Washington, D.C., is seeing all the people who come here from across the world. For some, it is a life’s goal to just once stand in front of the White House and take in its iconic message of hope and opportunity – regardless of who happens to live there at the time. For others, it’s a chance to explore the many remarkable public places that span the city; from viewing the Declaration of … [Read more...]

The Logical Waistcoat Theory (Part One)


Men need a new uniform to adapt to air conditioning. Here’s a suggestion. Let’s start with history and practicality. Suit jackets were never meant to be taken off. A man, no matter what his place in society, strained to have a clean collar and cuffs in order to appear smart. But these were detachable from the main shirt, which would be reworn for reasons of economy. The maximum that was ever visible of a man’s shirt was his collar, … [Read more...]