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Remember: make sure things fit

Even in London, I don’t see many dudes rocking this kind of garb. Long-length. Utilitarian overtones. Collarless. It’s called a ‘coverall’, which suggests workwear, but it’s far from that.

I do forget sometimes, just how niche the whole ‘Engineered Garments style’, loose-fitting, crumpled, long-line layering thing really is. I think I just assume (probably because I spend too much time gawping at images on Nepenthes, The Bureau and Strato) that all men buy into, crave and aspire to this nameless style. I am, of course, wrong. As soon as another knucklehead ’10 men’s style tips’ type article pops into my feed (the same regurgitated advice – “make sure things fit“, “buy simple navy sweaters“) I’m reminded how wrong I am. While there’s an audience that needs to be told bootcut jeans don’t look very good, this nameless style will remain niche. Which is probably for the best.

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Anyway, this is from orSlow (Japanese through an American workwear lens) and does a damn good job of looking suitably bonk-bonk. Hanging down to the thigh, it’s a mix of wool and linen, a bit plain, a bit check, with a couple of pockets lobbed on for good measure. It’s on the 320 quid side of things, but I think worn under a casual blazer or the kind of utilitarian vests Engineered Garments and Arpenteur excel at, we’re talking significantly on-point garb.

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I can’t imagine the writers of ‘top 10 generic style rules all men must follow’ articles would approve. Which as far as I’m concerned makes it all the more worthwhile.

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