What I Wore Today – Vintage Bow Tie Tuesday

That Dapper Chap shares his daily look. Today he goes for a vintage inspired outfit.

Full on vintage style in navy and brown

Today’s look was built around this vintage waistcoat. It’s predominantly navy in colour with an orangey brown check. So, with that it mind I went for a navy and brown ensemble. Because it’s a true vintage item I also styled the look with other vintage elements to keep the theme specific.

The outfit flatlay as seen on Instagram

Under the said waistcoat is a slim fit plain white shirt and over the top is a simple brown cardigan to add an extra layer as it was a tad chilly today. 

Today’s heritage look

New vintage style glasses in newsprint grey

I wore my brand new glasses today too, something old, something new, nothing borrowed and lots blue. Again these have a very vintage styling which compliments the overall look of this outfit. 

I had to have them made and shipped from the US as unfortunately they have no stores in the UK and do not even ship here! A huge thank you to Instagram’s CameOnStrong for sorting the logistics for me!

Making my way back to the office

New hair, new glasses & vintage waistcoat & tie

Continuing with that vintage theme I opted for an original vintage pocket watch instead of a wristwatch, the new two tone brogues also make the look cohesive, continuing with the heritage focus and colour scheme.

Time for some vintage accessories

Leaning on a lamp post on the corner of the street

My new two tone brogues as seen on Instagram

The full look with vintage styling

A closer look at the vintage bow tie

Loving my new glasses

A close up of the pocket chain

Taking a stroll during my lunch break

A closer look at the two tone brogues


Two Tone Brown Brogues – Redfoot

Brown striped socks – CNYTTAN

Navy ‘Lawson’ Chinos – Racing Green

Slim Fit White Shirt – H&M

Vintage checked waistcoat – Hunky Dory Vintage

Vintage Clip On Bow Tie – Ebay

Vintage Army Edition Pocket Watch – Ebay

Pocket Watch Chain – Ebay

Brown Cardigan – H&M – Similar Here

Newprint Grey Glasses – ‘Watts’ by Warby Parker

Brown Leather Briefcase – Rocha JohnRocha at Debenhams


Nautical Prep

Craig of That Dapper Chap shows us today’s preppy look accessorised with items by Paul Hewitt

I’ve been really keen on the preppy look for a while and have occasionally erred towards that genre of styling in my daily look. 

After receiving a great little parcel from Paul Hewitt, who sell some really great preppy accessories, I thought I’d use them to build a look to challenge the preppiest prepster.

Getting my preppy style on

The preppy preperation

I chose items in the same colourway and all with a nautical theme. The bright red bow tie is printed with lobsters, the red, white and blue bracelet fastens with and anchor and the nato strap on the vintage style watch is also adorned with anchors. The red and blue belt and pocket square help to bring the colour theme together.

If you like the Paul Hewitt accessories, check back on the blog again soon as I’ll be carrying out a product review on their vintage style watch.

A close up of the Paul Hewitt watch, bracelet and bow tie

Taking some time to answer emails

Making sure everything is just so

The navy blazer is a summer weight cotton, half lined and with patch pockets, simply constructed but great to wear. While I was determined to wear this look today I wasn’t so inspired to do so when I saw that the temperature here in the UK had dropped to minus three degrees! So to keep out the cold (a little) I also grabbed a scarf on my way out. Red and blue of course!

The scarf didn’t really add warmth but it added to the look for sure

Watching the world go by

A close up of the Paul Hewitt belt and bracelet

A close up of the Paul Hewitt pocket square

A rare shot of me smiling. Make the most of it!

Where it’s all from

Oxblood Brogues: Racing Green

Unmatched Socks: Oybo

Navy Chinos: racing Green

Blue and white stripe laundered shirt: Next

Lobster Print Bow Tie: Paul Hewitt

Vintage Style Watch with Anchor Nato Strap: Paul Hewitt

Cotton Blazer: Jasper Conran

Blue and White Pocket Square: Paul Hewitt

Anchor Lapel Pin: Southern Gents Accessories

Anchor Pgrep Bracelet: Paul Hewitt

Red & Blue Striped Skinny Scarf: Topman


What I Wore Today – Grey Check Three Piece Suit

That Dapper Chap shows us what he wore today and tells us about this grey check three piece suit on this bow tie Tuesday.

Todays look, rolling up my sleeves to feel the sun

What a beautiful day today was! Spring is most definitely here! With daffodils and tulips bobbing their colourful heads in the light breeze, and the warmth of the sun tempting us into removing our blazers. It’s now that the warmer weather gets us hunting for those sunglasses that were put somewhere very safe last September! Have you managed to locate yours?

The suit jacket and todays bag

I’ve only worn this suit once before, actually that’s a lie, I have only worn the trousers and waistcoat once before. That’s because I have only very recently bought the matching jacket. I wore the trousers and waistcoat for my shoot with Antoni Manuel and I’d totally forgotten how well it fits and how much I liked it! You can see an image from that shoot on the blog banner above.

The entire look with the three piece suit

The suit is 70% wool but it isn’t a heavy suit, in fact it’s quite light and very easy to wear. It is predominantly grey with a brown windowpane check. While I do not generally champion mixing grey and brown as I feel that they come from different colour families and don’t compliment each other, I’m happy that this works.

A close up of the vintage bow tie and lapel pin

As the orangey brown check is quite prominent I decided to embrace the colour clash and chose a vintage clip on bow tie in a classic paisley design. It gives a very vintage look, particularly with a three piece suit and matches the colour well.

Taking time out to enjoy the delightful spring weather

Continuing with the vintage theme I wore my vintage pocket watch with a new chain. It’s just a cheap replica but it does the job. It was just £7 from Ebay. I’d been looking for a more elaborate chain for sometime and while I could find plenty they were a little out of my price range! I’d love a genuine vintage silver chain, maybe that will go on my Christmas list!

My new pocket watch chain with elaborate charm
Stepping out in style

Again keeping with that slightly orangey theme, I went for orange socks. This adds a real shock of colour and a bit more personality to the look. I continued that colour story with the bracelets. 

Todays shoes are a vintage style brogue, again this maintains that overall theme. While they look good, they are not leather. They’re now a bit worse for wear, particularly as I tripped on these steps and virtually ripped the heel off the right shoe! Time for a new pair I think!

Todays sock, shoe combo
The orange and brown bracelets pull the colour theme together
A vintage look in a new three piece suit
A look at my vintage army edition pocket watch from 1953


Grey and brown check three piece suit: Next

Plain White Slim Fit Shirt: H&M

Vintage Clip On Bow Tie: Ebay

Vintage Pocket Watch: Ebay

Pocket Watch Chain: Ebay

Orange Socks: Next

Vintage Style Brogues: Goor

Leather Briefcase: Rocha John Rocha at Debenhams

Moon Lapel Pin: Ebay

White Cotton Pocket Square: Next