Five smart alternatives to a linen suit

Samuel Windsor's five alternatives to linen suits

Image source: still from ‘Agatha Christie’s Poirot’ – ITV television series

Resplendent in his linen suit and panama hat, Hercule Poirot was unruffled and immaculate as he cruised down the Nile. But sadly, for many of us, if you mix humidity, a rotund mid-section and a full linen suit, the result is a rumpled sweatball swaddled in moist rags. Fortunately, there are other ways to keep your cool this summer. Here are five crisp alternatives to the linen suit for graduations, christenings, weddings, and all manner of smart summer events.
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How to wear a baker boy hat

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Keep style and traditions alive with the baker boy hat this season.
Image source: Hovis

Last stop on round would be old Ma Peggotty’s place — ’twas like taking bread to the top of the world’, says the voiceover on Ridley Scott’s well-loved 1973 Hovis commercial. The famous image of the baker boy, resplendent in his apron, cap and hobnail boots has remained in the nation’s consciousness ever since.

Just like the cap, the commercial remains the nation’s favourite TV ad of all time. Here’s how to wear the classic baker boy hat.
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When should a man hang up his jeans?

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It’s difficult to imagine the Top Gear Team ever retiring their denim.
By Phil Guest from Bournemouth, UK [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

It’s always best to withdraw gracefully from clothing options that suit younger men, but when it comes to denim, it’s difficult to know where to draw the line. That’s because more people continue to wear jeans into older age – think Daniel Craig, Jeremy Clarkson and the legendary Keith Richards. But is there an age when you should stop squeezing into jeans? Let’s find out.
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