October 2010

Politicians and their distinct (lack of) style

October 24, 2010

As I watched the chancellor of the exchequer explain the main points of the government’s long-awaited spending review on TV the other day, what struck me most was not the scale of the spending cuts, which I (and probably most people) had expected, but the state of some of the male politicians who booed and […]

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A watch for every occasion

October 23, 2010

When I was about thirteen years old there was only one kind of watch that I wanted: a great big digital Casio that I saw in an Argos catalogue. It had a big globe that covered half its face, a thermometer, a barometer and numerous stopwatch functions that I thought would be useful for timing, […]

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Three Days of the Condor: a film with style

October 20, 2010

Last weekend I was flicking through TV channels (as you do) and happened to stumble across the beginning of Three Days of the Condor, a 1975 spy thriller starring Robert Redford and Max von Sydow. After watching it for five minutes I was absolutely hooked. It’s like a proto Bourne Identity, only with bags more style. […]

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Booting up for bad weather

October 17, 2010

As autumn begins to take hold the weather inevitably gets worse. The winds get stronger, the temperature falls and sleety rain showers become ever more frequent. Rain, especially, can play havoc with business attire. While most men sensibly protect their suits by wearing a waterproof coat, many neglect one of their most important – and […]

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Can cargo pants ever be smart enough for work?

October 13, 2010

A reader asks: “Is there ever a time when it’s okay to wear cargo pants to work (unless you’re in the army)?”

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Wearing Fair Isle tank tops with suits and jackets

October 12, 2010

The tank top – or sweater vest, as it is more commonly known in North America – is a practical way of keeping warm during the colder months of the year. Its sleeveless design covers the torso while leaving the arms free, making it the ideal companion for an odd jacket or worsted wool suit.

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The Lamy 2000

October 9, 2010

When the Lamy 2000 was first released in 1966, nobody had seen a fountain pen like it. Its fibreglass body, smooth matte finish and understated silver-and-black colour scheme instantly set it apart from its more opulent rivals. Now, 44 years later, the Lamy 2000 still looks as fresh and as striking as ever. Its timeless […]

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Wearing tan brogues to the office. Yes or no?

October 5, 2010

Brogues were traditionally country wear, to be worn with a tweed jacket and odd trousers. Though it’s long been acceptable to wear brogues to the office, not all of them look the part: black or dark brown brogues are fine with a suitably coloured suit, but tan brogues are usually a step too far.

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