Seasonal dressing

Your most pressing style questions answered

Question
How do I keep warm in my suit in the winter, if I don't want to resort to a coat?
Answer
They might be the least exciting item in a man's wardrobe, but an undershirt is an easy, cheap and inconspicuous first step. After that, consider a sleeveless cashmere cardigan, or try a three-piece suit next time. And do look out for suits in heavier fabrics. As well as being warmer they inevitably look better, hang better and last longer.
Question
Having lost enough hair to need to shave what remains, I find my head gets cold - what kind of hat can I wear without embarrassing myself?
Answer
We favour a tweed flat cap for the country or at the weekend, a fedora or trilby in the town in winter, and a panama in the summer.
Question
Is there a good alternative to wearing a skiing jacket when it's really cold?
Answer
A certain scepticism about artificial fibres is healthy when choosing clothes. Sometimes they are a necessary evil, but normally there is a better natural alternative. If the weather calls for a down jacket, try a sophisticated one in navy wool or grey flannel.
Question
I'm going on a one-week beach holiday. What do I need to pack?
Answer
In addition to underwear, socks and what you wear to travel: seven lightweight polo shirts, three pairs of swimming shorts, three or four linen shirts, a pair of chinos, a jacket for the evening, espadrilles or sandals for the beach, loafers for the restaurant and a panama hat. Depending on the pretentions of the hotel, a tie might also be required.
Question
Just how much flesh can I show by the pool on holiday? I don't like tan marks.
Answer
If you've got it, flaunt it - but nothing that provides less coverage than a pair of traditional Y-fronts is acceptable in public.