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The new rule of menswear

Menswear is fond of rules  — typically born of a different age and a slavish adherence to what a bunch of dead people used to do. You know the sort of thing: ‘Never wear brown in town’, ‘your tie should touch your waistband’, ‘always leave the bottom button of your suit jacket undone.’

Of course, there are corners of the menswear-verse that continue to espouse such tiresome restrictions  — usually the most toffee-nosed and unimaginative. But not here. I prefer a more explorative approach: try it out, if it feels right, it probably is.

That said, a recent circumstance has prompted me to uncover one piece of wisdom I’d like to share with you. Not a rule as such, more a strong suggestion.

‘When you’re wearing a shit-load of very expensive casual wear don’t fall off a canoe into a large muddy pond.’

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