Dear Un­cle Giles...

Putting your mind at rest con­cern­ing is­sues in the field and be­yond.

Shooting Gazette - - Elevenses -

Dear Un­cle Giles,

In the shoot­ing press and in con­ver­sa­tion much is made of the cor­rect at­tire in which to shoot game. Per­haps the neck tie a must for a ma­jor­ity, but what say you to the cra­vat please? C.S. by email

Un­cle Giles writes

It is the na­ture of game shoot­ing to be for­mal. Pest con­trol: in­for­mal. Pi­geons over de­coys: in­for­mal. Wild­fowl­ing be­low the high­wa­ter mark in a howl­ing gale with some sleet in its teeth: wear what­ever is nec­es­sary. driven game shoot­ing: for­mal. And in a for­mal sit­u­a­tion you should dress ap­pro­pri­ately.

royal As­cot: morn­ing coat and black top hat. Evening dress: swal­low- tail coat and stiff shirt. black tie: din­ner jacket.

Yet within even these pre­scribed ar­eas there are op­por­tu­ni­ties for a dash of in­di­vid­u­al­ism to emerge. A black morn­ing coat, for ex­am­ple, is usu­ally paired with striped trousers, but for the dar­ing there are — or can be — checks. Even in a stiff shirt and white waist­coat there is the pos­si­bil­ity to add your di­a­mond and pearl studs and, per­haps, the rose gold watchchain with a matching tiger’s head fob with emer­ald eyes.

A white tuxedo — es­pe­cially in the sum­mer — or a dou­ble­breasted faded claret vel­vet smok­ing jacket among friends of an au­tumn evening, does not, in my view, go amiss.

And, yes, a tie is gen­er­ally re­garded as a re­quire­ment for a driven day and I would not dis­agree. but I would ven­ture that a tightly bound pais­ley necker or a neatly tied square of elab­o­rately pat­terned Asian silk — se­cured with a pearl stud or a plain gold hunt­ing stock pin in a nod to our mounted broth­ers and sis­ters of la chasse — would be per­fectly ac­cept­able.

The mis­giv­ings that some har­bour against the cra­vat is that it can be worn loose; un­knot­ted and un­fet­tered; and a chap who dresses loose might just shoot loose, which is un­set­tling for oth­ers in the line. Hence my em­pha­sis on your neck­wear be­ing prop­erly tied and se­cured.

dress neat, shoot neat and don’t up­set the neigh­bours — that’s the ticket.

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