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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?

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

Am I Chap
Am I Chap?

Tony Abdy

“Whilst others limbo under the lowest bar of dress code for the bar,” writes Tony Abdy, from Yorkshire, “I would like to think I uphold a little sartorial elegance in the taverns of this great nation. PS I have nearly every issue of The Chap in the downstairs privy.” Buying a round of drinks for the local cabbies is a noble and constructive thing to do, for you may need their services one stormy night. However, in terms of your dress code, we suggest you spend a little more time in the downstairs privy and less time in the bar. Keep Reading

Am I Chap
Am I Chap?

Count of Gutentag

The self-styled ‘Count of Gutentag’, whose photograph was sent in by Sir Archibald Acheson, is in fact an elaborately designed, though poorly executed, doorbell. A real count, doorbell accessory or otherwise, would not wear a cardboard topper, an ill-fitting brown jacket with the pocket flaps tucked in and no pocket square, paired with black trousers, a poorly furled umbrella, a clip-on bow tie, wellington boots and a pipe without any tobacco in it. He would also have a more interesting dog. Keep Reading

Am I Chap
Am I Chap?

Lyndon Yorke

“I would like to submit my Chappishness photos for consideration,” writes Lyndon Yorke, “taken on my amphibious bath chair, occasionally seen on the upper Thames, especially during Regatta.” This is more along the lines of how a count should comport himself. The built-in champagne cooler is a nice touch, the lack of headwear perfectly excusable under the circumstances. Keep Reading

Am I Chap
Am I Chap?

Yannick Raczynski-Henk

“My name is Yannick Raczynski-Henk and I am an aspiring chap from the Netherlands. I am an archaeologist, so I spend many of my days caked in mud but even on those occasions I try to live up to the standards of chappism. This photograph was taken in my office on one of those paperwork days that plague us all from time to time. I present it to you, hoping that you will judge me to be on the right path towards becoming a true chap.” Mr. Raczynski-Henk, we have no idea what these paperwork days are that plague us… Keep Reading

Am I Chap
Am I Chap?

Christopher Vincent

“This photo was taken at the Tweed Run, writes Christopher Vincent. “I had a barber chair set up and was doing tache fix-ups. I work at Murdock London if by chance you’d like to pop in for a trim and a shave.” Sir, that is extremely gracious of you and we initially wondered whether we could pass this gift on to Christopher Bentley. However, we then decided that it would be extremely unfair, and indeed ungentlemanly, to inflict him upon you. Keep Reading

Am I Chap
Am I Chap?

Christopher Bentley

“My name is Christopher Stewart Bentley, and I spent my stag do in quite comfortable attire, does this make me a chap?” We would be quite happy to pass on Christopher Vincent’s kind offer of a trim and a shave at Murdock London to Master Bentley – but what would be the point? Once that piece of carpet had been removed from his face, Mr. Bentley would still have appalling, ill-fitting clothes, a plastic pipe and his trousers would still be undone. Keep Reading

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