Some of these are obvious, e.g. don’t do up the lower button but one or two surprised me – no necktie with button down shirt collars was one.  Now I was always a button down man but true, it wasn’t a necktie per se, it was a bowtie.

Don’t you find there’s something pretentious about a man who ostentatiously wears silk bowies as I did? [Tied of course.]

Shoes – slip-ons are for never – if you have to dress down, go from Oxfords straight to boat shoes.

4 comments for “Menswear

  1. The Blocked Dwarf
    June 13, 2018 at 19:09

    “silk bowies as I did?”

    Strange you should say that because I think I might have met your Norfolk cousin in the supermarket here yesterday. A somewhat dapper but elderly gent, with the most garish and unseemingly large Union Flag bow tie, to compliment his oversized UKIP lapel badge (this being Norfolk, news of UKIP’s demise hasn’t filtered through yet, give it a couple of decades). As I was in a hurry to return to my studies I decided to let his fashion and political mistakes, grievous as they were, pass without comment.

    • June 13, 2018 at 19:15

      Silk bowties need not always be Union flag design.

      • The Blocked Dwarf
        June 13, 2018 at 19:27

        Correction: neither bowties-silk or of whatever polymer-nor neck ties should ever be Union flag design. An English gentleman demonstrates his patriotism in an understated way. A Guards tie perhaps or even some County Cricket club. If it must be a Union flag then small and tastefully embroidered. Only the colonials feel the need to plaster the Stars n Stripes, Old Glory, on everything XXL at any opportunity. Hell you can tell a real Englishman just by the knot of his tie.

        • June 13, 2018 at 20:01

          And of course by the mismatched patterns of his trousers, jacket and tie.

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