Gamekeeper turned poacher

The flat cap is a more than acceptable accessory, unless worn at a jaunty angle as seen here. Looking like a footballer on a clay pigeon shoot is not necessarily something to aspire to. Wear it flat on your head as it was intended.

Inappropriate scarf

The colour from the cords and the waxed jacket would have made a dark blue or red scarf the logical choice. This striped ‘dad’ scarf looks like an after-thought and instantly marks you out as a day-tripper.

Arm yourself

A waxed jacket should last a lifetime, but if you’re going to roll the sleeves up and pop the collar it’ll distress it considerably. Wear it as it was meant to be worn – with the sleeves and collar down.

Blazer required

Our man is making the terminal error of wearing a suit jacket instead of a ‘blazer’. Suit jackets are meant to be worn as a top layer with, at most, an overcoat on top. Blazers, navy or otherwise, are much easier to wear underneath a casual coat such as a Barbour.

Doing the buttons up

Men stopped doing up their bottom button because Queen Victoria’s son Bertie was too fat to fasten his. Most modern suits aren’t even designed to have the bottom button done up. Recently there have been experiments with variations, but not on this look.

Enormous corduroy

Cords are a classic trouser, so their cut is fairly loose to allow all sizes of gentlemen to wear them. You don’t want them to be super-skinny, but they shouldn’t be as loose as these, unless you’re in a semi-satirical hip hop/Young Farmers crossover act.


Pump it down

Subtle, plimsoll-style trainers are more than acceptable with this look. But don’t go all out with a pair of ravey kicks. True, the colours don’t look bad, but the mix of country casual and tech sportswear is not only incongruous, it’s plain tactless.

Photography: Neil Thompson