THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GENTLEMAN AND A POSER, IS THE KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT TO WEAR AND WHAT NOT TO WEAR. GENTLEMEN, THERE ARE RULES WHICH YOU HAVE TO KNOW. THE FIRST RULE, IS THAT THERE IS NO POINT KNOWING THEM IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE PROPER ATTIRE TO MATCH. A JACKET FOR EVERY OCCASION AND THESE ARE THE FIVE YOU NEED TO HAVE.
THE SUMMER WEIGHT
Whether it’s the regatta, races or Sunday drinks, the summer jacket is a must have for those lazy days that never the less require you to look your best. A linen blend and a bright colour to match with your summer wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to go for something a little more outlandish, summer in England is the best time for style because you get to wear a whole slew of colours that usually wouldn’t be allowed. Fortune favours the bold and summer style is the time to be bold or go home.
AVAILABLE FROM: HACKETT – £450
THE DINNER JACKET
There are dinner jackets and then there are dinner jackets, this one being the later. Tailored to perfection, cut to tradition, proportioned to absolute symmetry. The dinner jacket is the most modest and yet loudest nod to your style and taste, that is possible in suiting. Midnight blue or black, it doesn’t matter so long as the cut is right and you wear it all night, the dinner jacket is called that, because you wear it at dinner, it stays on, not matter the course or the amount of libations.
AVAILABLE FROM: GIEVES & HAWKES – £650
THE SMOKING JACKET
This is one of those items you don’t need until you need it. The velvet smoking jacket is something that every man should have and yet seldom sees the light of day. However when if final does make its grand reveal, you’re always glad you bought it.
AVAILABLE FROM: ALEXANDER McQUEEN
THE SPORT JACKET
Whether it’s a gentleman’s game played by hooligans, or a hooligan’s game played by gentlemen, a gentleman wears a jacket, and if its winter sport in England, you’re going to need something warm. So while we don’t usually advocate for gentlemen to douse themselves in tweed, it can be a great look on a gentleman who knows how to do it right.
AVAILABLE FROM: RALPH LAUREN
Especially in the winter, there’s are a lot of points wear you don’t want to wear a suit but you still feel like a jacket. The casual jacket you choose will usually get a lot of wear so choose it well, try to find something with a good wool blend, that’s going to breathe, keep you warm and last for many a long year.