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Am I Chap? - page 4

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
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

Am I Chap
Am I Chap?

Michael T. Atherton

“Just a quick snap before popping out to the theatre,” writes Michael T. Atherton. “Does my attire meet your high standards in the pursuit of Chapdom?” What kind of theatre were you popping out to, dressed in country tweeds? Theatre of the Absurd? Keep Reading

Am I Chap
Am I Chap?

Raymond Brown

“Hi – just thought I’d send some snaps of a recent ‘chaps’ night out,” writes Raymond Brown. “It started off at a shooting centre, where we took part in a typical chap pastime; the shooting lodge was a perfect ‘chap’ environment. The night ended up in a club in Oxford where the ‘normal’ punters were very taken with the arrival of ‘the chaps’, to the point that my cap was pinched…bounder!” Yes, er, ‘Hi’ to you too. There seems to be some confusion here. The fellow who pinched your cap was entirely in the right, and any of us Chaps… Keep Reading

Am I Chap
Am I Chap?

Moby Dick

This poor fellow apologised for his scant wardrobe and the collection of books. Yes, he has a few more appropriate items of clothing to purchase, but nevertheless has a carriage and bearing that defy poverty. There is just one small caveat: we can’t quite read the title of the fat Penguin tome by his right shoulder. If it’s Moby Dick, that’s fine. If it’s anything by George Eliot, then none of the above applies. Keep Reading

Am I Chap
Am I Chap?

Keith and Ahmed

“We pair of long-term bachelors took this while in the former French colony of Morocco,” writes Keith. “Are we chaps?” No, but your houseboy’s getting on a bit, isn’t he? Keep Reading

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Am I Chap?

Obligatory Poppy

“Having married several years ago, and thus having formal daywear in my wardrobe, I have been wearing morning dress to pay my respects to the fallen on Remembrance Day for some time now. I think it appropriate. The morning dress is standard, but in fitting with Armistice, it is rigged with my corps tie, service medals and obligatory poppy.” We didn’t realise Oddjob could speak, let alone write. Keep Reading

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