In Defence of Black Jackets and Suits

Black-jackets

Flick through the bulk of the literature on men’s dress and you’ll find little or nothing said in favour of black jacketing and suit – even with regard to evening wear you have the midnight blue brigade to contend with. In the world of female clothing black is a necessity. You’d think similar rules would apply to men, but they don’t. The most common complaints against black include: -the colour is just too overwhelming, too stark … [Read more...]

A Bit of Thought

Thought-confidence

“I have spent most of my time worrying about things that have never happened”. Mark Twain Every man’s pain threshold is different. As is his tolerance of ridicule, or as the quote above aptly reminds us the fear of ridicule. That threshold may come as low on the scale as pink shirts, alternatively it might be bowties, spectators or a lime green cotton jacket. I suspect that you like me have at some point demurred from purchasing … [Read more...]

Cream and Off-White Shirts

off-white-shirt

Last weekend I decided to pay a visit to my friend Erlend at Stephan Shirts. He’s kindly been advising me on my button down shirt project. But there was another reason for popping into 95 Moore Park Road, Fulham. That reason is pictured above, the cream/off-white shirt in the foreground. Having rationalised and simplified my shirt collection over recent months in favour of white, blue, Bengal stripes and the odd pink I’ve managed to … [Read more...]

If You Can Buy It at an Airport It Ceases to Be Exclusive

button-down-exclusive

Two ordinary button down shirts, yes? Well, not quite. Well, not for me anyways. These are in fact the first samples for my own label. You may remember that this is a little project I’m working on. Kicking things off I’m aiming to offer the perfect button down, soft roll collared shirt. Indeed, my frustration at not being able to find one, off the peg and for a modest sum, is what finally convinced me to go down this road. I should add, … [Read more...]

Reader Question Part II: Specifics of Business Casual Wardrobe

business-casual-wardrobe-spec

This post follows directly from the last in which we discussed how one could be classically dressed while being comfortable and unstuffy in a workplace with a casual dress code. Our reader is a recent graduate so cost is a factor. The wardrobe also needed to accommodate a large variety of social and work based scenarios. In this part I will outline a core wardrobe of clothes that should achieve all of the above. It’s also important to bear … [Read more...]