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Stick to what works for you.

A sense of what you like and don’t like de­vel­ops over time. I’m in my 50s now and it’s some­thing that’s evolved. I think stylish men are those who have a real view and stick to their con­vic­tions on what looks good. It’s great to dis­cover some­thing new, but not for the sake of just buy­ing the lat­est thing.

It’s OK not to stand out.

I’m from the Mid­lands and grew up in the 1970s. I think that in­stilled in me the sense that a man’s style should be some­thing un­der the radar. I’d feel un­com­fort­able with the idea of some­one say­ing, ‘Wow, I love what you’re wear­ing.’ I’d rather dress nicely and not be no­ticed than have the op­po­site.

Choose your in­spi­ra­tion and keep it in mind.

Some­one once said to me that my style was very 1950s, and I think I do ref­er­ence that era in terms of easy shirts and very clas­sic sil­hou­ettes, par­tic­u­larly that Miles Davis look. I’m a huge blues fan.

Opt for an ev­ery­day go-to.

I def­i­nitely ad­here to a uni­form. I love hard­wear­ing, func­tional work­wear items. I tracked down a com­pany in France that makes the per­fect work­ers’ jack­ets from its small fac­tory near Le Mans. It’s a sim­ple, low-key de­sign with an easy shape and patch pock­ets.

Start with your shoes.

Be­ing my stock-in­trade, ob­vi­ously shoes are very im­por­tant to me. I spent years work­ing with footwear brands in Italy and what struck me is that, ir­re­spec­tive of salary, Ital­ians will spend a lot on ac­ces­sories to fi­nesse a look. It taught me that you can have the most func­tional jeans, and an ev­ery­day over­shirt, but if you wear them with an ex­cel­lent pair of shoes, it can make the whole out­fit.

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