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Star Wars Costumes

I know what you’re thinking. You’ve turned the page in your favourite sartorial magazine and found yourself staring upon the plebeian face of science fiction, and not just any science fiction, Star Wars, the refuge of raggedy old men with funny light up swords, and princesses with bagels stuck to their heads. I understand this might be slightly shocking after the eloquent discussions on which neck wear you should don to impress the chaps at the club, but I would like all of you to keep a broadish mind for a few moments, and allow me to argue the case… Keep Reading

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Fashion/Features

Princess Margaret

In previous articles of ‘The Dandy Doctor,’ I’ve explored Dandies like Marlene Dietrich and Eartha Kitt – women who were labelled by their contemporaries as ‘difficult’, ‘cold,’ ‘cruel,’ and even mad. The same traits that we often associate with male Dandies (affection for excess, icy demeanour, cutting wit), when seen in a female Dandy are often unfairly interpreted as a marker of instability – something Princess Margaret Rose discovered to her detriment. Born 21 August 1930, Margaret was four years Elizabeth II’s junior, but by all accounts their relationship was one of intimate closeness. Elizabeth even had a dedicated phone… Keep Reading

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The Chap Autumn 2018 Out Now

The Chap Autumn 18 is now available in most branches of WH Smith and from thechap.co.uk Our main interview is with actor Timothy Spall, who speaks about his new film Stanley, a Man of Variety, as well as impersonating Terry-Thomas during the interview. Other meetings with remarkable men include Dandy Wellington (above), New York bandleader, impresario and dandy, and Lance Richardson, author of the first biography of Tommy Nutter. Our new travel section includes a vintage voyage along the Nile in the company of Pandora Harrison, while author Paul French takes us on a walking tour of 1930s Shanghai. New… Keep Reading

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Tweed on Film

During the early decades of cinema, tweed on film was just as ubiquitous as it was in real life, often worn by honest, homespun gentlemen of taste. Think James Stewart in one of several tweed suits during George Bailey’s fateful Christmas Eve in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) or John Wayne’s Irish tweed sport jacket making a positive impression when his character returns to his ancestral home in The Quiet Man (1952). Lovely examples, to be sure, but nothing groundbreaking in terms of how it was worn. Even the more villainous tweed wearers of this era were still urbane chaps… Keep Reading

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The Chap Olympiad 2018

The Chap Olympiad 2018 took place on Saturday 14th July in Bedford Square Gardens, Bloomsbury. Never in the field of human clothing was so much worn by so many; especially considering the 28-degree heatwave that swamped London that day. Ignoring details such as climactic conditions, Brown-in-Town, appropriate daywear for a civilised garden party, the guests at the event gave it their sartorial ace-in-the-hole, turning up in a more eclectic and extraordinary range of outfits than one would believe possible, to an event whose dress code only stipulates “Dress Up” and “No sportswear”. We had Madame Pompadours, eccentric travellers, a multitude… Keep Reading

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Gareth Southgate’s Lucky Waistcoat

For years, The Chap has been championing the importance of men observing ancient codes of sartorial correctitude. We feel that such dress rules have persisted for centuries because they are signifiers of something higher than mere clothing. Not to wear tweed in the city has no practical purpose, other than to signify to other gentlemen that you are “in the know”; adhering to the rules that subtly express “we are all in it together”. Wearing the right combinations of clothing, as well as making aesthetic sense, is also a desire not to offend. The idea of being “rebellious” by wearing… Keep Reading

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Fashion/The Chap Loves

Hornets Kensington

A fashion photoshoot at Hornets Kensington is not just people with cameras taking pictures of people in clothes. It is an opportunity to immerse oneself in the world of Bill Hornets, doyen of this parade of little vintage menswear shops along a quiet alley in Kensington, where so much more than mere clothes is purveyed. On a sunny day in midsummer, Kensington Church Walk offers a shady old-world thoroughfare, light years away from the architect’s drawing come-to-life of chainstore dystopia that is Kensington High Street. This quiet, Georgian, leafy little quarter of W8 is presided over by shop windows bearing… Keep Reading

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Grey Fox Column

David Evans: With winter’s chilly grip upon us, I find I’m wearing a hat more. I’ve become very attached to a Christys Epsom fur felt snap-brim racing trilby. It’s not a name that trips lightly off the tongue, but it’s genuine rabbit fur and made in England. As you’d expect, the brim has the property of snapping into position up or down as your sartorial inclinations take you from day to day. Christy’s Hats have been manufacturing hats for nearly 250 years and are still family-owned, selling under their own name and making hats in their Oxfordshire factory for other… Keep Reading

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The Suits of Roger Moore

Nick Guzan: Roger Moore may have only played James Bond on screen for twelve years (and, even at that, he’s the longest-serving 007 to date), but it was a role that he and his fans cherished for the rest of his life. Moore brought life into the Bond role, after a string of arguably uninspired performances in the later Sean Connery outings, who was tiring of the role he made famous, and Australian newbie George Lazenby. He also brought, for the first time, an individualistic sense of style that Moore himself had cultivated over his decades-long career. Moore was noted for… Keep Reading

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Fashion/Features/Further Reading

Nonbinary Fashion

Holly Rose Swinyard is a self-proclaimed fashion experimentalist who writes about non binary fashion. Of all the fashions I follow and engage with, I think that this Chap look is the most me. Despite having a very definite male/female divide – Chaps and Chapettes, though there are many ongoing attempts to introduce Chapex, or just to degender Chap as a fashion term – I have found that not only do I love the fashion, but the community is the most accepting of any of the fashion communities. Fun, rambunctious, and downright splendid in their taste and style, these Chaps welcome all with… Keep Reading

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Fashion/Further Reading

Lady Eccentrik

At this year’s Chap Olympiad in July, Lady Eccentrik won our best-dressed female award and agreed to answer some questions for us  Photograph by Soulstealer Photography What were you wearing on the day of the Chap Olympiad?  Original 1940s dressing robe, printed in a vibrant pattern of bright cornflower blue daisies with maize yellow centres, jewel green foliage and posies of poppy-red blossoms. I accessorised it with elegant ladies’ cream dress gloves with baby-soft leather and a really thin lining. I believe they’re from the 50s or 60s. I styled my hair in a Marcel wave. My gorgeous full fluffy… Keep Reading

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Trickers

Founded in 1829 by Joseph Tricker, R. E. Tricker Ltd is one of the longest established shoemakers in England. Having gained a reputation for producing footwear of superlative quality, in 1989 they were granted a Royal Warrant by HRH The Prince of Wales. Five generations later, Tricker’s is still a family-run operation. Each pair of Tricker’s shoes is made entirely from start to finish in their Northampton shoe factory, by a team of 90 skilled shoemakers and craftspeople trained in-house to keep traditional techniques and methods alive to this day. Tricker’s also offer a full bespoke service, one of the… Keep Reading

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