Can Cargo Pants Ever Be Smart Enough for Work?

A reader asks: “Is there ever a time when it’s okay to wear cargo pants to work (unless you’re in the army)?” The answer? Absolutely. If you can wear chinos to work, then you can wear cargo pants. However, baggy army-surplus style cargos will not do: cargo pants for work need to be as smart andContinue reading “Can Cargo Pants Ever Be Smart Enough for Work?”

Wearing Tan Brogues to the Office. Yes or No?

Brogues were traditionally country wear, to be worn with a tweed jacket and odd trousers. Though it’s long been acceptable to wear brogues to the office, not all of them look the part: black or dark brown brogues are fine with a suitably coloured suit, but tan brogues are usually a step too far. TheContinue reading “Wearing Tan Brogues to the Office. Yes or No?”

Essential Autumn Clothing: Fair Isle Knitwear

Fair Isle, a tiny island sandwiched between Orkney and Shetland, is renowned for its colourful knitwear. But unlike Harris Tweed, authentic Fair Isle products have no legal protection. Instead, they have to compete against a mountian of foreign-made goods that bear the island’s name. And the future doesn’t look good: the island has just fourContinue reading “Essential Autumn Clothing: Fair Isle Knitwear”

Four Essential Pairs of Casual Shoes and Trainers

The four pairs of casual shoes and trainers that every man should have in his wardrobe: Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars Thanks to the creative genius and salesmanship of former basketball player Chuck Taylor, Converse All-Stars (pictured above) are probably the most popular and easily recognised sports shoes in the world today. They’re simple, comfortable, comeContinue reading “Four Essential Pairs of Casual Shoes and Trainers”