Here’s everything you really need to know about dressing for the most wonderful time of the year (okay, enough of the Christmas songs).
A foundation garment for the way we dress on a daily basis – which is incredible in itself, given that the style is, in effect, largely unchanged since the 1890s.
The suit seems to sort itself. It’s what you choose to wear with it – designed to express something, like a personality – that’s the real conundrum. And often that boils down to your shirt and tie.
The drop in temperature, the shortening of the days – those who despair for the passing of summer might not be matched in number by the menswear fans who rejoice autumn’s coming, but it’s hard to beat the latter for enthusiasm.
Now that plus-fours have been dumped in the sartorial dustbin of history, does any phrase in the dictionary of dressing up come so loaded with class connotations as “sports jacket”?
A pair of jeans is a pair of jeans, right? Wrong.
A good suit makes a man look professional – but in the main, it’s about how it gives him a psychological benefit.
A black-tie event should be as sartorially simple as donning one’s pyjamas.
Its 1980s incarnation was the style of discreet wealth for young American East Coasters, though preppy became established as benchmark in menswear through US pop culture.
The chances are you will never stand straighter, or prouder, than in a bespoke suit.
Seersucker – a fabric almost exclusively identified with high summer.
By most accounts, the Oxford cloth button-down shirt (or OCBD for short) should be one of those garments too loaded with negative connotations to ever be cool.
Finally, some answers.