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Do's and Don'ts: Outerwear
The most important thing I’ve learnt about style? It’s all about attention to detail. And I’ve filled this guide with some of the most important details I’ve learnt about dressing well.
Now we all hate being told what to do. It’s part of being a man. Therefore I’d like to impress that the following style tips are mere guidelines rather than stiff rules. After all, it’s the overall ensemble that’s important.
–Nicholas Charles Tyrwhitt Wheeler
DO take care of your coat. Hang it on a strong wooden hanger, brush frequently to remove dust and only dry clean it once a year so it doesn’t wear out too quickly.
DO invest in a lightweight jacket for summer. It’ll triumph over spring breezes, chilly evenings and over-zealous air conditioning. Choose a cotton jacket or a classic trench coat.
DO add a quirky yet classic touch to your attire with a tweed jacket. The heavier material makes it warmer and more formal than other jackets. Wear with corduroy trousers or jeans.
DO rainproof your suit with a classic rain mac. Choose one in a neutral colour with a wool or wool mix lining for extra warmth.
DON’T choose the wrong size. If you’re buying a formal coat make sure it fits comfortably over your suit jacket without being too big.
DON’T underestimate the versatility of a fitted blazer. More elegant than a sports jacket but less formal than a suit jacket, you can throw one on over just about anything and instantly look smart.
DON’T wear inappropriate outerwear. For a smart work coat that needs to cope with the coldest of temperatures choose a wool and cashmere coat. It’ll keep you warm, dry and stylish.
DON’T forget your gloves. When in doubt opt for a classic black pair in leather with a wool, cashmere or silk lining.