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Brandishing my new James Smith & Son Whangee handled umbrella, a most generous gift from my wonderful friends for my birthday.
I was seriously tempted to go the full ‘London City Gent’ & don my bowler hat, chalk-striped navy suit and heavily polished black shoes. Restraining myself to this still over the top combination of checked three piece with DB waistcoat, made up by Cad & the Dandy, tab collar shirt and lovely double stripe shantung tie from Vanda.
A recent article by David Isle on Will Boehlke’s always usefull A Suitable Wardrobe, sparked my interest. Not only was it a call to use the classic illustrations of the Apparel Arts as inspiration to wear bolder shirts, but a reminder that bold accessories blend better with grounds that equal their intensity, a massively busy tie or pocket square screams out from a sea of bland sky blue shirting and plain suiting.
Whilst my outfit will not be for everyone, my combination is for me. A bow with dark spots on a pale ground, red & white butcher striped shirting, a crimson over-checked three piece, with Deco-tastic peeked lapels & D.B. waistcoat, finished off with a pair vintage suede oxfords, a brown paisley square of linen stuffed haphazardly into its pocket & a battered hat & trench-coat.
Some may feel that a Fedora & trench smack a little of ‘costume’, but I often wear a hat, I’m comfortable in them & it shows. More importantly. whilst my combination of four patterns, is busy, & probably not business meeting appropriate, I’m a barman, it doesn’t matter. Hopefully, due to the careful restriction to blending colours that echo each other throughout the outfit, none of the individual items jumps out & screams ‘Look at Me’!
People are often a little surprised by my manner of dress. I wear Suits! I have no need, by the modern standard, to wear tailored clothing, indeed in recent months, I have, I must admit, been dressing more and more in ‘work-wear’, but my heart belongs to tailored clothing, & girls who wear hats!
Staying warm on a cold, bright, winters day in London with three tweeds, cable knit wool, some cashmere lined gloves and an old square silk scarf.
Vintage tweed coat, originally from Harrods Menswear, found on ebay.
Bespoke tweed cap
Purple leather gloves from John Lewis, a Christmas gift to myself 3 or 4 years ago.
Shawl collar Cable knit sweater, 'The Marine' by North Sea Clothing, a Christmas gift to myself last year.
Bespoke tweed trousers in Porter & Harding ‘Thornproof’ Donegal style cloth by Cad & the Dandy.
Photographed, wearing one of my Cad & the Dandy suits, by Khalil Musa at No.1 Savile Row for the launch party of Rose Callahan & ‘Natty’ Adams’ new book 'I am Dandy: The Return of the Elegant Gentleman'
Holland & Sherry’s new ‘Dandy’ tailoring bunch…
( via my tailors, cadandthedandy )