How to dress to respect other cultures

Dress like a gentleman in cool linen and stand out for the right reasons when you travel abroad

Dress like a gentleman and stand out for the right reasons
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Were Borat to strut the Dubai beach promenade in his mankini, he’d soon find himself in the hottest of hot water. But even if you think you’re dressing to show respect, how do you know for sure that you’re not falling foul of local clothing custom?

Here at Samuel Windsor, our philosophy is that a gentleman should dress like a gentleman wherever he is, and that by doing so, he’ll only ever stand out for the right reasons. Here’s how to keep on the right side of the dress code, wherever you go.
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What brogue?

Samuel Windsor Brogues come in a choice of styles, colours and materials.

Brogues come in a choice of styles, colours and materials.
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Brogues are formal, semi-formal, and smart casual shoes which boast decorative perforations. Originally, the holes were designed to keep Scottish ghillies’ (gamekeepers) feet comfortable by allowing water to drain freely as they strode across the boggy highlands. During the 1930s, the then Prince of Wales – later Edward VIII – popularised the shoe by adopting it as part of his golfing wardrobe. 

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Why shirts have collars

Samuel Windsor's Long Sleeve Linen Shirt in Blue Melange

Collars have a long and interesting history
Image: Samuel Windsor’s Long Sleeve Linen Shirt in Blue Melange

The humble shirt collar has come a long way since the days of the bard, when ruffs were the size of dinner plates. It’s a fascinating story – a tale of enlightenment, the industrial revolution, cutting edge science, and ever-changing fashions. Here we investigate the men’s collar – everything you need to know about something you’ve probably never even thought about.

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