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In every issue of The Chap, we publish readers’ photographs of themselves in response to the question “Am I Chap?” Here is a selection of previously published photographs. If you’d like to have your sartorial credentials assessed, send your photo to chap@thechap.co.uk.

Am I Chap?

Miss Anne Lawrence

Miss Anne Lawrence of Vancouver, Canada, sent us a photo of her brother Mark and his friend Marc. “Just how flexible are you about the requirements of being Chap,” she asked, “and how much latitude do we get being on the fringes of the Empire?” Madam, we seek to make sartorial improvements in all parts of the world by raising standards, not lowering them. We do try to show some flexibility with regards to the fashion foibles of other continents, but we are not contortionists. Keep Reading

Stephen Miller & Andrew Wilson
Am I Chap?

Stephen Miller and Andrew Wilson

Stephen Miller (left) and Andrew Wilson’s response to the recession was to fashion suits (cutting back on the jackets altogether) out of old carpet fabric. This would normally be reminiscent of Blitz-era austerity measures, were it not for Mr. Miller wearing a belt instead of braces. However, it gets worse: he is wearing SUEDE shoes! And where are they standing so proudly in their shirtsleeves? Some sort of Swedish abattoir? Keep Reading

Am I Chap
Am I Chap?

Howard Mitchell

It isn’t Howard Mitchell’s fault that he resembles Nigel Farrage a little too much for comfort. And it isn’t his fault that the most stylish location he could find was a hotel chain in Harrogate. All of this can be overlooked because he is quite certainly, from the break on his trousers to his self-tied bow tie, a Chap. Keep Reading

Am I Chap
Am I Chap?

Billy Kent

Mr. Kent has unsuccessfully combined the Peaky Blinders look with the lady-from-Essex-at-Ascot look. The amusement of the ladies sharing his patch of grass is not shared by this publication. Keep Reading

Am I Chap
Am I Chap?

Jonathan Keys-Massey

“Could go either way of course,” writes Jonathan Keys-Massey. “However, I rather think I might be. Surely the proximity to a Spitfire alone qualifies me?” So If I go and stand near the Eiffel Tower, does that make me a Frenchman? Nice titfer, though. Keep Reading

Am I Chap
Am I Chap?

Aleksander Skjæveland Larsen

“I recently visited the new photo studio of my dear friend and professional photographer Tore Myrstad,” writes Aleksander Skjæveland Larsen. “He invited my bicycle up as well for an impromptu photo shot, which I could not decline.” Thank goodness for Norwegians. Keep Reading

Am I Chap?

Major Blunder

Major Blunder probably thinks it is a matter of course that he is declared a Chap. And in one sense he is right – there is nothing intrinsically wrong about his clothing and his facial hair. It’s just that he looks like the sort of fellow who, one day, might turn a sleepy village in Surrey into a corpse-ridden bloodbath. Keep Reading

Am I Chap
Am I Chap?

Mark Skinner

“Inspired by the Olympiad,” writes Mark Skinner, “I have taken my first faltering forays in Chapdom. Any hints that I am heading in the right direction?” Sir, you are standing far too close to a market stall selling T-shirts to be heading in the direction of Chapdom. A true Chap would steer well clear of such an establishment, especially one that sold a T-shirt bearing various styles of moustache. Secondly, something has gone awry with the creasing in your hat and it needs urgent attention from a competent milliner. Lastly, someone seems to have crushed your horn-rimmed spectacles, rendering them… Keep Reading

Am I Chap
Am I Chap?

Fox Van Rutter

Mr. Fox van Rutter’s photograph was sent by a lady friend, who perhaps is more qualified to answer the following questions than we are. Why is he wearing a newspaper for a shirt, a pair of curtains for a waistcoat, a cushion cover for a cravat and a Santa Claus cuddly toy for an epaulette? Was he trying to ruin everyone’s Christmas, or just ours? Keep Reading

Am I Chap
Am I Chap?

Michael Kramer

“This is a picture of me relaxing to the music of my 1922 Victor Victrola-50 portable gramophone in the garden,” writes Michael Kramer (or rather someone wrote on his behalf, for he clearly isn’t human). Even the shop dummies in British Home Stores are slightly better dressed than this piece of impertinent plastic. Keep Reading

Am I Chap
Am I Chap?

Allan Robinson

“My name is Allan Robinson and, after reading your fine periodical for some time and seeing many foreign Chaps winning the coveted label of being a chap, have decided to put down my pipe and move from my club chair to the writing bureau, to send you a photographical plate recording the jolly day out I had with my “nieces”, at the Bugatti Owners Club’s “La Vie en Bleu” event. Allan, Allan, slow down! You clearly got a bit overexcited by the thrill of leaving the house for the first time in months. They’re not your nieces, are they, and… Keep Reading

Am I Chap
Am I Chap?

Gavin Ingo

“It is in my belief,” somberly intones Gavin Ingo, “that a true gentleman aims to improve himself in all matters, and always remains positive in a stiff situation.” There may be some truth in that, but if so, why are you seated in a room with such nouveau riche furnishings and such a ghastly rug that even the plaster bust is turning her head away from it? Keep Reading

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