What is velvet?

Velvet dinner jackets make a sophisticated style statement at formal events

Velvet dinner jackets make a sophisticated style statement at formal events
Image source: Evening wear from Samuel Windsor

From the luxury silk velvet fabric favoured by the royal courts of the Middle East to one of the most sophisticated fabrics used in European menswear, velvet offers the look and feel of true class. Add a touch of exquisite tailoring and you’re talking evening wear to die for. But what is velvet, how is it made and how can you wear it to best effect? Here we answer all your velvet-related questions.
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Death and your final taxi ride

Planning ahead protects your family from additional stress after your funeral

Planning ahead protects your family from additional stress
Image source: Shutterstock

We live in a death-averse society which doesn’t talk about dying, often until it’s imminent or too late. But by thinking ahead and planning for it now, you’ll get what you want, be able to pass on your hard earned cash to those you love and save your family a lot of stress at a difficult time.

Here we take a look at how to plan for your own funeral – the sorts of things you need to think about, plus of course, how to look your best as you approach the pearly gates.
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10 Places it’s totally cool to wear a tweed jacket

It doesn’t get much cooler than Tinie Tempah in tweed

It doesn’t get much cooler than Tinie Tempah in tweed
Image source: Museum of London

Tweed has experienced something of an urban revival in recent years. At London Fashion Week 2015, British rapper and singer Tinie Tempah modelled a tweed three-piece-suit designed by Savile Row tailors and the Museum of London.

Tinie’s urban, modern take on the heritage fabric has brought tweed into the 21st Century. And it’s about time too! Not only does a tweed jacket look good with indigo jeans and a white shirt, it works for almost any event or occasion. Here are 10 places you’ll look totally cool in tweed:
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