An Autumn Look With Hammond & Co

Craig shows us a look perfect for a British Autumn from Hammond & Co at Debenhams

The leaves have turned their ochre’s and russets and conkers and chestnuts line the floor of the woods in the park. It just has to be Autumn. Time for thicker fabrics and layering, time for scarves, gloves and hats. My favourite season.

Today’s look is entirely from the Hammond & Co range at Debenhams. Anyone who has followed my blog for a while knows that I’m a massive fan of the looks that Patrick Grant gives us each season.

I’ll start from the ground up. While these boots have been around for a while they are still available online. They are the brown leather ‘Surrey’ lace up boots and are £100 and I love mine. The tan colour is perfect for this season and they’re really comfortable to wear.

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What I Wore Today #38 – The H&M Camel Suit

Craig Shows us what he wore today, sporting his latest suit and a dapper bow tie from General Knot

So, Date Night has come around again, do you just go with jeans and a T-Shirt? After all it’s been years and s/he doesn’t really care what you wear right? Wrong! They care, and they care a lot, even if they say they don’t, they do, trust me!

If you’re going to make an effort to keep date night a ‘thing’ you also need to make an effort to make him/her feel special and that means taking the time to dress appropriately to show her that she’s still worth making an effort for. It matters, don’t ever think that it doesn’t!

So, that said I chose a new 100% cotton suit from H&M. The material is a heavier weight and feels substantial and of a higher quality that you may think. It also doesn’t crease like you think a cotton suit may.

Letting the suit be the center of attention, I kept things simple with a plain white slim fit shirt. To elevate the look so something a bit more special I added a new bow tie from General Knot & Co who are a US based brand specialising in unique ties and accessories made from vintage fabrics. This tie is the ‘Pendleton’ Tobacco Shadow Plaid & 1950s Wheat Grass Reversible tie, priced at $78.00. I have checked online to see if it is still available for you but it looks to have sold out. So, if you do see anything online that you like, I recommend that you snap it up before it’s gone for good as they are all limited edition!

The pocket square and beaded trouser chain maintained the colour scheme and told an Autumnal story, which is compounded by the richly coloured leather gloves, briefcase socks and shoes.

Overall this is a classic and very vintage style look which is obviously enhanced by the bow tie and the other accessories, such as the pedal bike lapel pin. The over sized glasses also help to keep this look cohesive.

Our date night was a success. We ate as ASK Italian and shared an Antipasto starter before digging in to meatballs and a seafood risotto. After a chocolate Lava Mountain we made our way to the cinema to see Solace, a thriller staring the talented Anthony Hopkins. We had a great night, I’m not saying that this suit made that happen but it most definitely contributed.


Brown Cotton Suit: H&M £85.00

Slim Fit White Shirt: H&M £9.99

Vintage fabric Bow Tie: General Knot & Co $39.00

Leather Gloves: Zara £25.99

Pocket Square: Ebay

Watch: AVI-8 Hawker Hurricane £280

Glasses: London Retro ‘Goldsmiths’ from Glasses Direct £90.00

Shoes: Bordo ‘Brooksby Grain’ Leather Apron Toe Shoe £69.99

Briefcase: RJR By John Rocha at Debenhams £55.00

Dark Red Ribbed Socks: Uniqlo £2.60

Bicycle Lapel Pin: River Island £5.00

Beaded Trouser Chain: Home Made

Belt: Primark £3.00


The Navy Wool Suit by Farrell at Primark

Craig from That Dapper Chap shows us his Farrell navy wool suit, available from Primark

Farrell At Primark

The Farrell brand, founded by international pop star Robbie Williams was named after Robbies Grandfather and the brands values and style, are based on this. Robbie explains “Jack Farrell was my granddad, he fought in the Second World War and he worked down the pit all of his life, after being a soldier. He had a tough life, but he always dressed well and his attire was always spiffy. That’s what I remember about him the most”

He goes on to say “This season for Farrell I wanted to explore good old British history and heritage…. tweed / wool suiting and checked shirts, like my grandfather would have worn. Then pieces like the Harrington Jacket to the Mod-inspired parka’ are more iconic shapes that, for me, define looks from the 60’s”

This seasons collection is very British, and the suits on offer are of great quality but still very affordable. Wool and tweed are used in the new range of suiting, and other great quality fabrics are utilised, such as suede and leather. Primark have turned a corner here and they are really not holding back this season, making their mark with this quality collection.

The Farrell Range is only available in selected Primark stores so check which ones stock the range HERE. If you do manage to get hold of some pieces just make sure you post a picture on Instagram and Twitter and #Farrell

Styling My Suit

This suit has a great slim fit. It is well cut and well made. The trousers were a little long for me so I had them tailored. There’s nothing worse than bunching at the ankles. If you want to make yourself look shorter, that’s one sure way to do it! I’m not a tall bloke so I make sure my trousers finish nicely at the shoe (or just above as is the trend right now)

This is a heavier weight winter suit and with the wool content at 41% it’s guaranteed to keep you warm. There is also a matching waistcoat available at just £18 for an additional layer.

Going for a ‘dapper’ look (and why wouldn’t I?) I kept the look clean with a slim fit white shirt which has a very subtle pattern. This adds some interest and depth.

The chambray diamond point bow tie adds that element of chic and the grey hopsack flower lapel adds some personality and an accent of fun. The black buttons on this shirt help keep this look very formal.

With polka dot socks and pocket square, some sun glasses to keep out the low autumn sun and some classic loafers I was suitably attired.

All photography by Ian Clark of PhotoByIan.

Where it’s all from

Black Leather Loafers: Next £48.00

Polka dot socks: Primark pack of 4 £5.00

Farrell Navy Wool Suit: Farrell At Primark £40/£20

Belt: Primark £3.00

Trouser Chain: Home Made

Bow Tie: Primark £3.00

Lapel Pin: Dapper Lapel

100% Cotton Premium Slim Fit Shirt: Primark £10.00

Sunglasses: Primark £2.00

Polka Dot Pocket Square: Primark £1.00 

Aquapro Watch: Harding Watches £360.00

Bracelets: Our Saints £25.00 each