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Combining smart and casual clothing
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Combining smart and casual clothing

One of the central themes of Permanent Style over the past nine years has been the desire to make tailoring relevant to a new generation. To explore the ways in which the suit or jacket can transition from formal business wear to more casual, everyday elegance. One useful way to […]

The Pitti of silly walks
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The Pitti of silly walks

The end of a conversation about people parading into Pitti. About its silliness. About therefore, naturally, the Ministry of Silly Walks. Fuller Pitti coverage next week – our Young Tailors Symposium on Wednesday, which was wonderful, and some great brands and tailors in Florence and Milan. Above, wearing an Elia […]

How to dress for summer – Reader question
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How to dress for summer – Reader question

Simon, Would you be willing to do a post on (casual) summer dressing? It’s the area of dress I struggle with the most. Every time I go on summer/spring holidays I find myself browsing through the internet looking for a good mix of casual and elegant summer dress, but mostly […]

Colour combinations, from casual to formal
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Colour combinations, from casual to formal

The colour combinations that we discuss every week in regards to formal wear, can be applied just as readily to casual wear. Although there will always be elements that don’t crossover (such as the immense versatility of denim) a lot of the themes and lessons are the same. This post […]

My 10 style commandments
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My 10 style commandments

My old friend Christian Barker – ex-Rake editor and general good egg – has a new project documenting some of the 10 style commandments of his famous friends and stylists. He published my thoughts today, and you can see the full article here. The site is called Men’s Top Tens […]

Your next sports jacket: Oatmeal cashmere from Elia…
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Your next sports jacket: Oatmeal cashmere from Elia…

This pale, oatmeal-coloured cashmere is my new favourite sports-jacket material. When men are picking colours for sports jackets, their second choice (after the obviousness of navy) is usually grey. Which can be great, in: a rougher, preppy herringbone to go with jeans; a donegal cashmere to go with chinos; or […]

Escorial jacket: The modernity of muted colours
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Escorial jacket: The modernity of muted colours

There are many ways in which you can make a sartorial outfit look younger or more modern. Extremes are always wrong: very short jackets, big puffy shoulders. They just look trendy, for a bit. But aside from the extremes, I would argue proportions are also the wrong place to start. […]

I work in an office
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I work in an office

A reader commented to me recently that one of the things he likes about Permanent Style is the fact I work in an office, just like him. It hadn’t really occurred to me before, but the fact that I work in a modern, professional office every day does give me […]

How I get dressed in the morning
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How I get dressed in the morning

Everyone gets dressed in the morning. Most put no thought into it; a few put too much into it. My approach, formed through nothing more than hazard and habit, is to do one of two things: Pick out one piece that I really want to wear (usually something new, often […]