Tuesday, 29 June 2010

The Midsummer Classic at Stoke Park

Last Saturday I attended an Aston Martin Concours d’Elegance in the wonderful setting of Stoke Park, where a line up of fifty Astons dating from 1929 to the present day were waiting to be judged. Stoke Park proved to be a fitting location for such a day, having also been the setting for scenes from the James Bond film ‘Goldfinger’. I was invited to be a judge by the very personable Nick Mee, whose Aston Martin garage in Hammersmith is a veritable treasure trove of pre-owned Astons that Nick kindly has lent me from time to time for Hackett photo shoots.

Judging motor cars was not something I had ever done before, and to be honest I know very little about cars. Knowing that these sort of events are taken very seriously indeed, I thought I had better dress for the occasion: a khaki cotton suit, blue striped shirt and navy polka dot tie combination was donned on what proved to be a blisteringly hot day - yes, I was overdressed!

Thursday, 24 June 2010

A Word on Bow Ties

I often get asked about the proper way to tie a bow tie. I would have written about this myself, but this video is quite comprehensive and illuminating. These kind chaps seem to be helping an awful lot of people with their bow tie issues, I hope you will find it useful too.

If you’re on the lookout for a snappy bow tie of your very own, you can find good selection here on the Hackett website.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Coming Undone: The Unbuttoned Shirt

During the summer months when the mercury rises, those of us who wear a shirt and tie for work or in our daily life have been known to suffer.

Dispatching the tie is, of course, the first step you can take to cool down. But what of undoing shirt buttons?

My own personal preference is to undo just the top button. I find this more than sufficient in the heat of a British summer. We are not, after all, going to experience too severe extremes of temperature.

Besides, I find that more than one button gives off a faintly ‘gigolo-esque’ impression, so unless that’s the look you are going for, I’d steer clear of showing too much.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

The Henley Regatta Dress Code

There are many events in my social (and work) calender each year, but there are few I enjoy more than the Henley Royal Regatta. As a day out it’s simply fantastic, with so much to see and do.

However, it’s important to make sure you dress for the occasion if you are planning on attending.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

The Royal Ascot Dress Code

With Royal Ascot almost upon us an event where Morning Dress is de-rigeur it is the strictest of all dress codes. I am not a fan of hiring your kit for this splendid horse race, invariably the Morning Coat is too long, the trousers are too baggy or too tight and overlong and often the top hat is too large.

My advice is to invest in purchasing the whole ensemble after all it won't go out of fashion: it is beyond fashion. So what you need is a black Morning Coat that fits neatly with the tails hanging to just above the back of the knee, a buff waistcoat, single or double-breasted making sure that there is no gap between waistcoat and waistband of the trousers.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

A Holiday Packing List for the Stylish Gentleman

Whenever I go on holiday I always like to keep my wardrobe simple - partly because I hate packing. With this in mind, I thought I’d share my tips on how to choose your wardrobe for the perfect British holiday.

One classic summer staple is the polo shirt: pack several plain colours such as white, navy, sky blue and also throw in a couple of nautical striped numbers for variation.

Take several pairs of cotton shorts in white, khaki and that ‘classic sailing’ colour Brixham red. A good piece of advice is to bring some long sleeve cotton casual shirts and roll the sleeves up - it looks quite ‘old-fashioned British’.