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Unstructured navy jacket with gingham shirt

May 27, 2011

My most-worn jacket during late spring and early summer is this unstructured navy jacket. It’s just the thing for when the days are hot but you need to look smarter than your average salaryman. Remember that gingham shirts need to be toned down with simple, dark-coloured ties. This one is actually a black and medium […]

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Pocket square placement

May 22, 2011

The mere act of placing a pocket square in your top pocket is somewhat dandyish; having it perfectly straight and mathematically aligned – in the TV fold style – is simply too perfect for my liking. For all but the most formal of occasions I like my pocket square to look more like an afterthought […]

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Loafers and the “invisible” sock dilemma

May 20, 2011

May is probably my favourite month in terms of weather. There may be the occasional day or two when it rains buckets, but generally the skies are clear, the days warm and the nights comfortably cool. It’s also the perfect time to bring those suede loafers out of winter hibernation. I don’t like wearing socks […]

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Q: When is a slim-fit shirt not a slim-fit shirt?

May 16, 2011

A: Usually when it’s got a “slim-fit” label. Despite decades of experience few British high street shirt retailers have managed to make decent slim-fitting shirts. Of course, most of them have a slim-fit range of some kind, it’s just that their proportions stretch the definition of the term to breaking point. I can’t help but […]

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The Duke of Windsor and why style isn’t everything

May 11, 2011

If there’s one person who regularly gets a lot of love in the male-style blogosphere it’s the late Edward Duke of Windsor. His unique way with the cloth was truly trend-setting. In fact it’s hard to think of another twentieth-century figure who had a greater impact on classic menswear. I’ve cited him before a few […]

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Inspiration, not imitation

April 18, 2011

They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. This is all very well for pop-star impersonators and tribute bands who make a living from copying others, but the wholesale imitation of others’ style is best avoided by the average man. It’s all too easy to look like a fashion victim. Copying a style […]

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Barbour Barfield jacket

April 6, 2011

Fancy getting a Barbour Bedale but think they’re a bit on the baggy side? You’re in luck: Barbour have recently released the Barfield jacket. It’s like the Bedale in many respects, only shorter and a damn sight trimmer.

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Don’t sacrifice comfort for price

April 1, 2011

If there’s one thing I can tell you about living in a highly earthquake-prone metropolis, aside from the nagging thought that living in a ten-storey block of flats isn’t a great idea, it’s that you should be prepared to hightail it to safer ground at any moment. Though the magnitude-nine monster that struck off Japan’s […]

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Mackintosh Duncan raincoat

March 28, 2011

One thing missing from my outerwear wardrobe is a good quality raincoat. This khaki-coloured number – rather bizarrely named “Duncan” – from Mackintosh (via J. Crew) looks the business, though at $800 I’ve got some saving up to do before I can actually afford it. If you haven’t got loads of money to spare, this […]

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Picking up the last winter bargains

March 27, 2011

Looking round some of Tokyo’s shops last weekend I was surprised to find that there are still quite a few winter bargains to be had. It’s a great time for the savvy shopper to pick up items for next winter, but there’s no point buying them if they’re going to be hopelessly out of style. […]

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