3 Peas in a Pod

With everything else about them under such close scrutiny over the last few weeks, it seems appropriate to take a look at the ‘style’ of the three opponents as well. In an election which was heavily criticised for its middle-of-the-road policies and lack of hard-line opinion, one could easily argue that the sartorial decisions of Cameron, Clegg and Miliband were a visible analogy. In short, all three leaders wore exactly the same suits: 2 buttons, 8cm notch lapels, slanted pockets, double vents and regular cut trousers – all in the same shade of blue: a light navy which is then darkened by television. The suit is then paired with a plain white shirt (regular collar) and a plain coloured, un-patterned tie.

Whilst we cannot overly criticise the choice of suit – a two button navy is our recommended wardrobe staple, it is the fact that none of the leaders have made any effort to be an individual that we find so depressing.

We also take issue with where they choose to shop. Clegg buys his suits off the peg from a designer – so spends a lot of money for a suit which for the same money could have been bespoke. Cameron’s suits usually fit him well, but then he does a pay a lot of money for them on Savile Row. Miliband, who at 5’9 is the shortest of the three, often falls victim to the off-the-peg ‘jacket too long, sleeves too long, trousers too long’ catastrophe. He did once buy a suit from Spencer Hart on Savile Row, but they went into liquidation in the same week he first wore it. Which is a little awkward.

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26 September 2019

The suit lover’s guide to the smart-casual office trend

An increasing number of companies are adopting a less formal office dress code these days, with fewer businesses expecting their male employees to show up in a suit and tie. Instead, the new watchword is ‘smart-casual’. But where does that leave the suit lover?

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12 September 2019

Hype For Pinstripe

The term ‘pinstripe’ refers to the very thin, parallel lines that run through a cloth, contrasting with the main colour. Taken at face value, it would seem to be a fairly bland description of a simple fabric pattern. But the history of the pinstripe suit is anything from bland and, indeed, the suit itself has a host of connotations attached to it.

Style Tips & Advice Style History
27 August 2019

Peaky Blinders: why we love Aunt Polly’s suit style

The new Peaky Blinders series is back with a bang and we’re not just talking about the storylines. As ever, Tommy and his crew look as sharp as the razor blades the real-life Peaky Blinder gang were rumoured to stitch into the peak of their flat caps.

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