Autumn Reds

That Dapper Chap shows us todays look incorporating Autumnal reds.

While the evenings are getting noticeably cooler, the days are still somewhat warm. Even though we’re right at the end of September Autumn hasn’t quite made his way into our lives just yet. So, with that in mind I thought I’d wear this unlined red cotton blazer, as it will probably be the last time this year that I get to wear it.

To go with the autumnal red theme I chose a retro print shirt and a knitted tie, both adding interest and texture to the look. The boots are also burgundy and are a resent acquisition and one I am most pleased with.

You’ll see under the boots I’m wearing some red and navy polkadot socks which continue the colour story with the blue of the jeans and the retro red and blue print of the shirt.


My accessories today were my Daniel Wellington watch with handmade burgundy leather strap, some burgundy and navy beads and my new favorite thing: my ‘Dapper Chap’ tie bar with was sent to me by instagrams greycardigan. I didn’t take pictures of the watch and bracelets as I totally forgot! But I did get a picture of the tie bar.

Where’s it all from?

Burgundy leather boots: Next

Red and navy polkadot socks: Corgi

Skinny fit jeans: Burton Menswear

Belt: Burton Menswear

Retro print shirt: Next

Burgundy knitted tie: Next

Unlined Cotton Blazer: Next

Tie Bar: Simple Hands

Sunglasses: Oscar Wylee

Vintage Style Bag: Next

Pocket Square: Primark

Lapel Pins: Home made


Six Looks With A Three Piece Suit

That Dapper Chap looks at ways to keep your three piece suit fresh by styling it differently to achieve different looks.

Suits available from

You needed a suit right?. You read my suit buying guide on and after trying a few on you bought the one that fits and looks the best. You now have a three piece suit! Congratulations! 

Monday morning arrives and you proudly wear your new suit to the office and receive some admiring glances and even a couple of complimentary comments. The problem now is, that suit you just paid £200, £500 or £1,000 for will never get that same reception again.

So, how do you keep it fresh, how do you retain peoples interest and make it something else and stop yourself from becoming that dull guy in the office who always wear that same suit?

Suit, Shirt and boots from

Change up your three piece suit

The suit that that I am focussing on is by Next, it is a heritage style 100% wool suit in a brown check and is perfect for the coming months. Priced at £195 for all three pieces its a great suit for the cost.

Bright red lining catches the eye

A close up of the check pattern

Of course the best way to wear a three piece suit is as a three piece suit, nothing is smarter and it gives you an immediately cohesive and smart look which will see you through most occasions. 

Wear it with a tie to work or even a bow tie on #bowtietuesday or that autumn wedding or maybe you just fancy sporting a heritage look as I am in the shot below.

A dapper three piece look with a vintage bow tie

Add lapel pins and a pocket square for personality and interest.

Just because you bought it as a three piece suit it doesn’t means you have to wear it as such. There’s no law, you won’t get arrested and there are much bigger and way more fun crimes to commit! 

Feel free to lose the waistcoat if its a warmer day and simply wear the jacket and trousers. This look is still formal but not quite so formal as wearing all three pieces together. Its a slightly more relaxed look and lets you show off your tie which you could use as an opportunity to show a bit of your personality and introduce a strong colour or pattern. But please promise me that you will NOT wear a tie with a picture or Homer Simpson or any cartoon character splashed across it for that matter. I love Daffy Duck and his speed induced crazed antics but I dont want to see him on your tie!

The Next suit sans la waistcoat, burgundy leather boots and knitted tie also by Next

Burgundy and brown make a great colour combination for the Autumn months

If you fancy a change to a tie or bow tie why not consider a neckerchief or a cravat. With the vintage movement getting wider its an option that will make you stand out from the crowd and give that suit another alternative look. 

Another way to change things up is to opt for something different below the waist. I’m not talking a sex change here! I’m not saying you shouldn’t if you want to as I’m all for people being who they want to be, I’m just suggesting a less dramatic change with an alternative pair of trousers. You can easily get away with wearing the jacket and waistcoat with smart jeans and chinos as I have below.

When things turn cooler you can easily wear a sweater or cardigan instead of the waistcoat. Again use this as a way of adding some colour or a different texture.

Burnt orange cardigan by My own vintage case and vintage bow tie

Wear the jacket over your cardigan or sweater for warmth

And for winter you can go all out and add a hat and scarf. Of course you can wear an overcoat but why cover up that beautiful suit?

Bakerboy hat and fairisle scarf to keep out the chills, both by

Thank you for reading this post, I hope that it has gone some way to help you in your quest to keep that suit from becoming that dull old thing that you throw on every day. Just take a minute to consider how you can make it look different and take a risk. What have you got to lose apart from the label of being ‘that guy in that same old suit’ 

Moss Bros unveil first new label – Moss London

That Dapper Chap introduces the first new label by one of our favorite menswear brands.

Moss Bros Logo

There is now a Moss Bros store in most towns across the UK and they are a ‘go to’ brand for a lot of us, not just for wedding hire, which they do very well but also for suits, shirts, ties and other accessories. So, once well established it’s time for something new right? Let me introduce you to Moss London.

in London’s Covent Garden in 1851, Moss Bros is the British menswear retailer
that continues to evolve, challenge and exceed expectations.  With growth
stemming from a younger customer base wanting to dress smarter with a sense of
individuality and self-expression, Moss Bros are delighted to unveil the new
Moss London brand for AW14.  

A suit from the Moss London range £249

For many of these customers, the purchase of
a Moss London suit would be their first foray into dressing formally; with a
mix of suiting and smart casual wear, this new collection endeavours to target
this group with a versatile fashion forward edit of slim fit styles.

Billy Huxley models a stunning green tartan three piece suit from Moss Bros

The green tartan suit, perfect for the Christmas party season

principle of Moss London is to take influence from the hub of creativity that
is London and translate this sometimes abstract style into a fresh, wearable
look perfect for the youthful consumer across the UK and abroad.

The collection was
launched in Moss Bros’ flagship store in Regent Street, with a live
installation featuring models Michael Morgan and Sonny Henty trying on the best
of the first season’s looks – in the store window.

A dapper look with a bow tie paired with this bright blue skinny fit suit

 Moss London Velvet Jacket  Denim Shirt.

Key looks include a
slim fit suit with contrasting inset panels of charcoal and graphite grey, a
shawl collar suit in navy with leatherette trim and the bottle green tartan dinner
suit as above.

Inset panelling is referenced throughout the collection, as seen on
the indigo/petrol blue and sky grey/graphite panelled shirts and the black with
navy inset reefer jacket.  Texture is an important element of this debut
AW14 collection with key pieces including a navy velvet jacket with black
paisley print and heavy gauge fabrics deployed across outerwear, waistcoats and
accessories.  Plaids are dominant in autumnal shades of rust and burgundy,
featuring across both shirting and accessories.

The launch of this
new collection is headlined by the well-inked model of the moment Billy Huxley
who epitomises the unique and the individual.  Huxley appears in a series
of teaser videos for the launch as well as a selection of other brand related

Commercial and operations director Jemima Bird
said, “The idea around the brand is that London is ubiquitous. You don’t
have to be from London to have the spirit of London, it’s about movement,
passion and individuality. It doesn’t matter if you’re a tattooist from
Liverpool, you can have a ubiquitous spirit.”

us, these campaigns are about changing people’s perception about Moss Bros. We
are a modern retailer that has a fresh direction you probably wouldn’t have
thought of.”












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