Wednesday, 17 December 2014

My 10 Favorite Christmas Sweaters

That Dapper Chap picks out his top 10 Christmas sweaters

With Christmas only a few sleeps away, you really need to get you hands on that Christmas jumper to wear while you're enjoying your turkey.

Here I showcase my 10 favorites, from the classy and wearable to the tacky and tasteless, so put on that Bing Crosby Christmas CD, pour yourself a glass on mulled wine, grab that box of gingerbread and take a look at what's on offer from some of our favorite brands.

Number 10

This beauty is by Next. I like it because its fun, tacky and tasteless. I can imaging wearing this as I sit at the Christmas dinner table with a face full of turkey. Priced at £29 its a costly price per wear.
Ho Ho Ho by Next £26

Number 9

In at number 9 is this Robin pattern sweater by Marks and Spencer priced at £25. Its very seasonal with its snowflakes and I like a Robin but I do think its at the more tacky end of the scale. I'd wear it Christmas Eve through Boxing Day but that would be it.

Fairisle Robins by Marks & Spenser £40

Number 8

At number 8 we have this offering from Topman, again its at the more tacky end of the market with its giant reindeer and snowflake design. Priced at £35 its one of the more expensive sweaters too.

Navy Reindeer Jumper by Topman £30

Number 7

At £35 this sweater from River island is another pricey addition to your Christmas wardrobe. If the design was smaller and less obvious this could be worn throughout the month of December but is does scream "christmas sweater" which is why its at number 7.

Navy Reindeer Jumper £35 River Island


In at 6 is another highly patterned example from Marks and Spencer. depicting Santa on his sleigh delivering gifts across London is a nicer and less tacky designs than I've seen elsewhere.
London Skyline From Marks & Spencer £40

Number 5

A bold little number creeps in to the number five slot. Featuring a large pola bear in a Christmas hat it will cost you £35 from River Island. 

Grey polar bear Jumper from River Island £35

Number 4

A fairisle design Reindeer slips in to the number four position.A very wearable design which could take you through the whole of December. By River Island it will set you back £35.

Stags Head from River Island £35

Number 3

A really easy to wear sweater sits at number three. With its snowflake design its a sweater that will take you from December to January and would also be suitable for Christmas lunch. Pick yours up from Primark for £15

Fairisle design by Primark £15

Number 2

The red fairisle fits is very well with Christmas and is versatile enough to be work from Autumn to Spring. This one is from Burton Menswear and is priced at £30

Red All Over fairisle Jumper by Burton £30

Number 1

Drum roll please.......In at number one we have another offering by Next. Priced at £28 and with an Alpine theme, I can imagine wearing this sitting by an open log fire watching Christmas movie while the lights twinkle on the tree. 

Blue & White cable car Knit £28 by Next

Whichever one you decide is your favorite, you have to get one. It's become a bit of a tradition. I blame the Bridget Jones movie! 

picture: Bridget Jones' Diary
Those sweaters! Bridget Jones Diary 2001


Monday, 15 December 2014

Win a new look from Racing Green

That Dapper Chap teams up with Racing Green for your chance to win one of three great shirts and maybe even a new pair of jeans.

Racing Green

Racing Green are offering That Dapper Chap readers the opportunity to enter an Instagram giveaway to win some goodies. Three lucky winners will be chosen to receive one of three shirts as shown below. Not only that but once the winners receive their shirt they then have a chance to win a pair of jeans to complete their new look! Full details of how to enter are at the bottom of this story.

Shirt 1 - The 'Leeds' Chambray Shirt

The first shirt you can win is the Leeds Chambray shirt. In 100% cotton and priced at £38.00, the shirt is a wardrobe staple. The relaxed chambray fabrication can be teamed with virtually anything and can be dressed up or down. Calico trimmings give a considered look and the curved placket with stitched detail looks great worn out, roll up the sleeves and you have a winning look.

Shirt 2 - The 'Primrose' Check Shirt

Again in 100% cotton and priced at £38.00, the second shirt you could win is the Racing Green Primrose Check Shirt in red. The Primrose is a timeless two colour check design. Soft button down collar with chest patch pocket detail and jersey trims, Primrose has a gentle washed finish. Wear layered up with your favorite denim and sweater. A perennial fashion favourite.

Shirt 3 - The 'Whitby' Multi Check Shirt

Racing Green Multi Check Shirt. Our Whitby shirt is a timeless small check design, softly laundered and with a soft forward point collar this shirt can be worn both formal or casual. A wardrobe must have. In 100% cotton and priced at £38.00.

How to Enter

To enter follow these simple steps:

  1. Like Racing Green on Facebook and Instagram.
  2. Find That Dapper Chap on Instagram and on any of the Racing Green contest posts add a comment and: 

  • Tell me which shirt you'd like to win.
  • Tag two friends who would also like to enter.
  • Regram the contest post and #RacingGreenGiveaway.

Once winners receive their shirt, they can enter a follow up contest and style their shirt before posting an Image to Instagram for a chance to win a pair of jeans to complete their look. Full details of the follow up contest will be sent to all three winners when they are notified of their win.

All entries will be added to a pot and three winners will be chosen at random before being announced on Instagram and here on That dapper on Saturday 20th December.

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Win a CTH Ericson hat

That Dapper Chap runs an Instagram giveaway of two great hats by Swedish hat maker CTH Ericson

A few weeks ago I posted a piece about ETC Ericson and their amazing hats, charting the history and sharing some of the range of mens, womens and childrens headwear. 

If you want to see the article, click here.

Up for grabs are the Baker Sr in multi check with ear flaps below and Philip Sr in blue corduroy. To enter follow the simple steps below:

Win this great flat cap. Baker Sr in check wool fabric

Win this great flat cap. Baker Sr in check wool fabric

Win this great flat cap. Baker Sr in check wool fabric

Win this great flat cap. Philip Sr in blue corduroy fabric

Win this great flat cap. Philip Sr in blue corduroy fabric

Win this great flat cap. Philip Sr in blue corduroy fabric

How to enter

  1. Follow that-dapper-chap and CTH Eriscon on Instagram
  2. Find the competition post on my page and leave a comment on the post stating which hat you would like to win and tag a friend in the same comment who you think would like to enter
That's it! Simple as that!

Winners will be notified on Instagram in a weeks time.

Good luck!


Saturday, 13 December 2014

The Chambray Shirt

That Dapper Chap shares the history and origins of the Chambray shirt and shows us a few of his favourites.

What makes a shirt a ‘Chambray’ shirt?

Following a recent post on Instagram of my new shirt from Racing Green, I had a question from a fellow instagrammer asking me what makes it a ‘chambray’ shirt.  A lot of people assume that because they are predominantly blue that it is simply a lighter weight denim shirt. While the chambray shirt is at the more casual end of the shirt spectrum, and similar to denim this is a misconception and I’ll explain why. 

Chambray Shirt available at ASOS £25.00

Polka dot chambray shirt from J.Crew £82.50

The Origins of Chambray Cloth

Going way back in time chambray fabric is directly linked to the French town of Cambrai where a particular type of cloth was made in linen yarn. The term ‘chambray’ is all down to how the garment is woven. When cloth is made there is a weft and a warp, which make up an interwoven criss cross pattern and holds all the threads together. On a chambray shirt there is traditionally a white or cream coloured weft and a blue warp. Denim is similar in its construction but the threads are woven differently, producing a different look and texture when finished. Chambray will often have a higher thread count compared to its denim cousin.

A close look at the chambray weave

A patterned chambray shirt by j.Crew £82.50

Collarless chambray shirt by Next £25.00

The Chambray Shirt

Once again, as with a lot of menswear, the Chambray shirt originates in military design and was a standard item worn by the US Navy.  These days you’re more likely to seem them worn by office workers and factory workers alike. The chambray shirt is a versatile wardrobe staple and one that can be worn formally under a suit with a tie or thrown over a plain white T and jeans. 

The Classic Ralph Lauren shirt from Mr Porter

Styling a Chambray Shirt

The chambray is a classic mens item because of its colour and versatility, and it can be worn in a number of ways. I'd categorise these as: Casual, Smart Casual, Smart and Formal and I confess to have worn mine in all of these situations and I'll take you through each option in turn using the same shirt in each styling.

The shirt I am using is by Racing Green and is available online now for £30.
The racing Green chambray Shirt


For a casual look on those Sunday mornings when that hangover has taken hold and all you want is some aspirin and to chill out on the sofa (and we've all be there) I've worn sports socks, joggers and my favourite battered T-Shirt with the shirt over the top for comfort and warmth.

The shirt over my favourite T by Instagrams GreyCardigan

Smart Casual

For a smart casual look wear your shirt with chinos or something a bit less casual than jeans and joggers, although a pair of smart denim jeans would be fine. A collarless chambray shirt would be great here. Wear a great cardigan or sweater over the shirt, something plain will look great but a classic pattern, such as fairisle will work just as well. Add some boots or some Chucks and you're all set.

The chambray shirt under a Uniqlo fairisle sleeveless sweater


Think work to pub, something smart enough for the office but which won't get you beaten up in the boozer. Below I have styles the shirt with a more causal blazer, this one is a cotton, unlined Jasper Conran blazer. I've teamed it with a knitted tie. So while its a smart look it isn't to stuffy.

You could just as easily wear a waistcoat instead of the blazer in warmer weather or in colder weather under a heavy coat. A smart cardigan would also work here.

The shirt worn under a cotton blazer with a knitted tie

Okay, some will argue that you cannot wear a chambray shirt in a formal way. While I personally would wear a cotton shirt or a cotton mix, I wouldn't rule out the chambray shirt as a contender. You can see below that with a bow tie and a double breasted blazer, it works. Would you question the wearer?

A formal affair with a Double Breasted blazer and bow tie

However you decide to wear your chambray shirt, consider your options and make the most of this most versatile of shirts and when you do, make sure that you post an image to Instagram and #thatdapperchap!


Saturday, 6 December 2014

NEXT Christmas I'll give you my heart

That Dapper Chap chooses 10 items from the current range from NEXT and hopes that Santa sees his list before the big day.

Looking forward to the new year and to Spring (I know it seems a while off!) I've pulled together a few items from Next for a more preppy look. Chinos and shirts, with great sweaters, shoes and a blazer for work and more formal events. The majority of the items can also be mixed and matched to form different looks.

The blue striped shirt

I chose this shirt as, while I own a few shirts, a lot of them are patterned, but I have very few striped shirts. This classic blue and white design readily lends itself to the preppy look. Add a bow tie and some chinos and you're there.

The Blue Striped shirt £20

The Orange Sweater

V neck sweaters are great as you can wear them over a T-Shirt or a shirt. They also look great with a tie or bow tie, which again helps create that preppy look. I've chosen one in burnt orange to inject some colour into the coming darker months.

The Orange V Neck Sweater £20

The Stone Chinos

I'm a fan of chinos as they can be worn in so many ways. Take a look at my previous post on Chinos here for more info. Again I'm staying with that preppy look and have opted for a stone colour, wear with the blue striped shirt, a bow tie and some brogues to complete the look.

Stone Slim Fit Chinos £20

The High Shine Shoe

These shoes will go great with the look I am creating here. Wear them with the stone chinos and the orange sweater and the blazer that I'm about to show you. The high shine makes them more dressy but roll up the legs on the chinos and lose the socks for a more current and relaxed look.

Blazers are still big news for us gentlemen, and are again a versatile item which can be worn with jeans and a sweater as the per image below, or dressed up with a shirt and tie for the office. This blazer is 100% wool so you'll be warm as well as stylish.

The wool check blazer £99

The Check Waistcoat

I couldn't resist choosing the matching waistcoat for the blazer above. Okay, so I've moved away from the preppy look a little, and gone for more of a heritage feel here. I make no excuses, its a great piece and it's on my christmas wish list!

The Wool Check Waistcoat £45

The Printed Shirt

I love this shirt and it's been on my wish list since I saw it at the Next SS15 press day a few weeks ago.  It can easily be worn in the preppy style with the stone chinos or chino shorts in the warmer weather. 

The Leather Derby Lace Up

Coloured shoes are great and make a bit more of a statement than the standard black shoe. These navy leather lace up derby shoes are just the ticket. I'd wear these with the stone chinos, the blue striped shirt and the cardigan following cardigan. I'd also add a bow tie to increase the preppiness.

Cardigans are a great staple items in any mans wardrobe. Available in a huge variety of colours, make sure you get a few in your collection. I've chosen one in bright blue to inject a little bit of colour while maintaining a classic preppy look.

The Bright Blue Cardigan £22

The Mustard Chinos

Last but not least we have a classic chino in a mustard colour which is one on the colours of this season. Listed as Ochre, I feel that mustard is just as fitting a description. I would wear these with the high shine shoes and the blue shirt and cardigan. I'd add a blue and mustard stripe tie to complete the preppy look and finish the colour story.
The Mustard Chinos £20

I hope that you like my selection, and I hope that Santa approves too, as it'll be down to him and the Elves as to what I find under the tree on Christmas morning. Fingers crossed!

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