"You must look perfectly happy and relaxed in your clothes which must appear part of you rather than a wardrobe you have donned."
- Hardy Amies, ABC to Men's Fashion
Take inspiration from modern-day style icons and embrace timeless style.
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The pocket square
Known primarily for his clean, casual attire, much can be learnt from Steve McQueen’s style. He knew how to blend masculinity with elegance and embraced three-piece suits, accessorised to perfection with a natural, messy pocket square of course.
The forefather of menswear as we know it, George 'Beau' Brummell famously substituted baroque, near-grotesque breeches of the time with simpler tailoring, donning them with ambitiously knotted cravats. For a little less extravagance, replace the cravat with a bow tie such as Rory Hutton’s flamboyant Manchuria, and perhaps even pair it with the matching pocket square.
Style icon of the 1950s, and precursor of youth subcultures, James Dean’s cool and nonchalant style has been sought after ever since. Pair casual classics such as a white t-shirt and jeans and add a handmade leather belt to finish off your look.
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Emulate the great British icon’s style with our selection of colourful and patterned socks from London Sock Company and Banvard & James. David Gandy epitomises the modern gentleman with his classic sartorial style, using smaller details, such as socks, to showcase his own personality.
Embodying sophistication and effortless style, Bogart focused greatly on details. Dressed to the nines for any occasion, he enjoyed sporting double breasted suits and adding a little panache and personality to his outfits by addition of a bow tie, a lapel pin or a pocket square.
Opinions on bow ties are often divided, between those who wear them with utmost confidence every day of the week, and those who prefer to keep them for special occasions and formal affairs only. Bow ties exude confidence and style. By marrying sophistication, playfulness and panache, they can help you achieve a singular look and make a sartorial statement. Read our 9 tips on how to style a bow tie.
We take a look at six British style icons, rakish individuals who we look up to again and again for sartorial inspiration. It is their style but also their demeanour that fascinates, and how through the combination of both they managed to make a lasting impact on the menswear industry.
Historically, dressing well undeniably starts with the ability to make clothing, and the British people certainly does know how to do that very well. As the very first British Textile Biennial goes underway, we look at Britain's incredible heritage in garment-making and craftsmanship and how it influenced the style of the British man.