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Oxfords vs Brogues

Embroidery, or no embroidery… that is the question. A brogue is an Oxford with detailing across the cap of the shoe, and sometimes around the side. Oxfords tend to be a plain shoe, sometimes with a converse style toe cap. 

Similarities between the two shoes include: open lacing, a heel cap, and a curved toe. 

Differences include: a ‘w’ or wing shaped piece of leather features the brogue, with Oxfords maintaining a smooth leather exterior. 

This debate is addressed recently and notably in Kingsman: The Secret Service, as Colin Firth emphasises the superiority of oxfords. This discussion relates to the traditional predjudice of brogues only being for the countryman, with Oxfords being the choice for a stylish city gentleman. 

This is a foley. In the present day brogues can be worn fashionably and respectfully for any occasion, especially for upper class city dwellers. 

Blake Scott, Instagram menswear icon, can be seen wearing subtly embroiled Oxfords, smartly on the fashion conscious streets of LA below. He is an example of how brogues are perfectly acceptable for any situation and dresswear in the modern day. 

My favourite pair of brogues are from Gucci, with the not so subtle addition of their logo to the wings. They can be purchased from mrporter.com for £485. Office.co.uk provide a budget alternative pair of brogues for £60. 

First choice of Oxford shoes has to be ‘Mansion’ from kurtgeiger.com for £120. These are reasonably priced, and are proven to last by their good quality manufacturing; I have had mine for 3 years and still look new! 

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Tartan

Sports and tartan are not something often combined on the international stage. 

However it is clearly a success, and is Scotland’s fastest selling rugby kit of all time. This is evidently due to the blue and green tartan design under the flanks, collar, and sleeve. The kit makers Macron have excelled here. 

The kit was first worn at Murryfield on Saturday 29th August against Italy, and is still being worn by the national team to this day. 

Dominic McKay, Director of Commercial Operations, Communications and Public Affairs, said: “The response to Scotland’s new playing jersey is unprecedented.”

The men’s replica shirt, that Ross Ford wears here, can be bought from shop.scottishrugby.org 

It can be purchased for £62.99. 

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Kent & Curwen

A traditionally British brand is on the rise, reknown for its classic style and tailoring.

Kent and Curwen was established in 1926, when the founders Eric Kent and Dorothy Curwen met on Saville Row. They have supplied ties for Oxbridge and public schools since 1929, and the brands label was also stitched in the ties of the British army. The company started producing knitwear in 1932, and further expanded to blazers in the 1950s. The Saville Row duo registered its trademark three lions logo in 1982, which makes it so distinguishable, and so British.

Moving into Kent and Curwen’s recent history, former England footballer, David Beckham, became an ambassador in 2015. Mr Beckham commented on his latest collaboration with K&C saying: ‘it respects the old and brings in the new.’ He further said he was ‘excited about the launch of his new collection’.  Mr Beckham joins former England cricket captain, Alistair Cook (left in the picture above) and Nick Compton (right in picture above), who notably fronted K&C’s promotional campaign in 2013.

Having sports stars as ambassadors, suits the label’s sports inspired clothes. Their recent products have drawn inspiration from rugby and cricket attire, with military style here and there.

A personal favourite of Mr Beckham’s collection are the knitted cricket sweatshirts, as advertised by Cook and Compton above. Coming in white or blue, with yellow or green collars, the jumpers certainly capture the crisp and clean nature that many British gents can recall from their schoolboy days.

For those interested, Kent and Curwen’s cricket jumpers can be bought from KentandCurwen.com, with the price of the v- neck cricket sweaters at £495.

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Braces

A controversial item for some, braces can make or break an outfit. 

Teenage hipsters matching these with a pair of Doc Martins, are not what we want to see. 

A correctly worn pair of braces can produce the image of an Oxbridge aristocrat who has a ballsey stylist,  or is not afraid to accessorise his suits. 

Gareth Mallory is a recent addition to the James Bond films, Skyfall and Spectre, and wears this item of clothing in the perfect manner. 

He is depicted here in the aristocrats natural environment; a classy, wood dominant office, somewhere in Whitehall. 

Portrayed by Ralph Fiennes, Mallory wears a pair of Ede & Ravenscroft Dark Blue Fleur De Lys braces (suspenders). The subtle Fleur De Lis pattern on these suspenders certainly exemplify one traditional meaning of the flower; perfection.  

An interesting question is why the stylist for Skyfall decided to befit Mallory in the risky accessory. Skyfall’s costume designer Jany Temime said: ‘You have to respect a certain style – English gentleman’. An English gentleman is certainly something Mrs Temime has created in M.

Prices for these were from £55, but are no longer available new. Similar braces are available from £45 on their website edeandravenscroft.com

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Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes returns to our televisions tonight, and so does its fashion features. 

This is the interior of 221B Bakers Street. How classy and traditionally British the television depiction of this famous character is. 

Despite it looking like a range of useless antiques, this style is certainly something I would desire from any house, let alone one in central London, as perfectly set as Mr Holmes’ house. 

My regards to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for bringing us this amazing character, and thank you to the BBC for presenting such a fantastic show for fashionistas like myself. 

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James Bond

Looking like the late Steve McQueen, Daniel Craig here could not look any more classy. 

Craig here embodied the country gent in a wax jacket, shotgun slung over the arm, and greatest of all British car manufactures present in the rear of the picture. 

This scene from Skyfall is one of my all- time favourate movie scenes, not for the action necessarily, but for the clothing on display. 

Not only is Daniel Craig kitted to the max with this fantastic Barbour X to Ki to Beacon sports jacket, but Javier Bardem is similar well dressed in the powerful long trench coat.

 As far as wax jackets go, this is the pinnacle, unfortunately is on the expensive side, but as a lifelong accessory to your wardrobe, it’s certainly worth it. 

Barbour X to Ki Wax Jackets can be purchased from the Barbour store in London (Carnaby Street) for around £399. 

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Howard (Fresh Meat)

Potentially controversial, but I think this character was a fashionista! 

His use of the word ‘classic’ throughout the series, unbeknown to Howard, does much to describe his clothing, with his large glasses being a particular favourite of mine. They are very similar to my fathers father, and the glasses he wears, which despite having little place in today’s catwalk fashion, I thoroughly believe hold standing in today’s street fashion. 

The jumpers Howard is also befitted in are similarly of unique style, looking like something you would find in Pop Boutique, or similar vintage stores. 

Combined with the casual bomber jacket, and loose fitting cargo pants, it portrays the fashion of a man who doesn’t try too hard, and can pull off the casual intellectual look which is presented perfectly by Howard.

 

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Mycroft Holmes

This is Bobby Waterhouse of London. He is a fashion guru and has always reminded me of Mycroft Holmes. 

Ignoring his beard and moustache for a minuite, the bone umbrella handle, double breasted suit, and glasses depict what I believe as a young Mycroft when he was at Oxford. 

Consulting the moustache and beard, Mr Waterhouse has it at the perfect thickness to appear slightly grizzly, but also short enough so that a clean cut is still produced, and the moustache curled up at the ends, certainly adds to the autocratic image that Waterhouse presents. 

Despite not being a massive fan of the aforementioned round glasses, Waterhouse pulls them off in a way so few can; to look intellectual, rather than a hipster trying to be indie.