A Midlevel of Formality


I’ve often said that a grey day demands a bit of colour. I’ve gone a bit further today and worn a very different sort of shirt too. There are a lot of people who will tell you that you shouldn’t wear a French (double) cuff shirt with a blazer as the former is too formal for the latter.

On closer examination you will agree that the shirt is a bit formal with its spread collar and French (double) cuffs, but is made less so by its darker blue colour; some would argue it is neither fish nor fowl. Today, the weight of the gold and silver knot cufflinks felt reassuring as I swung my umbrella (not too enthusiastically) on the way to my tailor’s. At the moment though it is pouring down rain, and the pink and blue tie just cheers me up. The most useful part of today’s kit should have been some of these…. sheer brilliance.

There are rules and there are rules. Which ones do you break?

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