Real prep-school style

The Oldie - - READER'S LETTERS -

SIR: As a re­cently re­tired prep-school mas­ter (Clas­sics), I can as­sure you that Christo­pher Matthew’s clothes (Get­ting Dressed, Novem­ber is­sue) do not cut the mus­tard.

As an en­sem­ble, they are pleas­antly ill-fit­ting but, to be spe­cific, the shirt is far too loud, as is the tie, which should be ei­ther knit­ted or striped (with gravy stains, reg­i­men­tal or club).

The jacket should be brown cor­duroy or shape­less Har­ris Tweed with el­bow patches. A hand­ker­chief in the top pocket is per­mis­si­ble but a foun­tain pen is prefer­able. The trousers should be baggy grey flan­nel, not char­coal.

How­ever, his worst sar­to­rial in­dis­cre­tion is the shoes. Loafers? Never! Scuffed brown-leather lace-ups (Stead & Simp­son) or worn-suede chukka boots, please. I hope these ob­ser­va­tions will help Mr Matthew to smarten down. Christo­pher Be­har­rell, Heytes­bury, Wilt­shire

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