The Polo Ralph Lauren Boat Shoes

Craig of That Dapper Chaps shows us how he styled the Polo Ralph Lauren boat shoes from Tessuti

I have to be honest with you Tessuti is not a name that I’d heard of previously, and I’m not sure how I have managed to miss it! Established in 1985 they now have fifteen stores across the UK and you can check for your nearest store HERE.

With a strong online presence too, they offer a huge range of designer clothing from the likes of Boss, Barbour, Michael Kors, Vivian Westwood and Paul Smith to name but a few, and they cater for men, women and kids.  Being a fan of Ralph Lauren I chose a pair of Polo boat shoes.

My flatlay ensemble as seem on my Instagram page

The obvious styling would be to put them with shorts and maybe a nautical inspired shirt or sweater, but I wanted to show you that boat shoes can also create a smart, office appropriate look. In an age when most offices offer their workforce a smart casual option there’s no reason why the boat shoe can’t make an appearance.

A closer look at the deatils on the Polo Ralph Lauren boat shoes from Tessuti

Getting all tied up

So, keeping things ‘smart casual’ I chose a pair of light tan chinos from H&M. The rolled up hem makes the look slightly less stuffy and shows off the stripped socks giving a nod to that preppy look that Ralph Lauren is so well known for.

The full look, including my wool coat

The classic Polo branding on the Ralph Lauren shoes

On top I wore a blue cotton shirt by Shirt Mill and a vintage blue and tan diagonal striped tie to bring the colour palate together. With a brown plaited elastic belt by Brydon Brothers to match the shoes (as a belt always should) I added my Nelson Martina brown leather watch and a few bead bracelets to complete the look.

This look is appropriate for office or pub

If you like the shoes as much as I do you can buy a pair yourself HERE. If you like the idea of boat shoes but prefer a different colour Tessuti also offer a pair in navy blue. Whichever pair you choose be sure to post a picture to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag myself and Tessuti to get noticed!

The navy Ralph Lauren Polo boat shoes

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That Dapper Chap X Topman – Great Britain, Great Suits

Craig of That Dapper Chap joins Topman for their Suit Style By City campaign which showcases different looks for different UK cities

Every guy needs a great suit, so I was pleased to be asked to be part of the Topman Suit Style By City Campaign, where the brand took seven top UK menswear bloggers and asked us each to represent a city based on what look is popular in that particular city.

Having relations in Brighton, that’s the city I chose. A popular look for guys in this diverse and eclectic city is a roll neck sweater worn under a suit, and this is my take on it.

The suit grid flatlay as seem on Instagram

A good suit is a wardrobe staple and even if you work in a factory or have a uniform that you wear for your 9-5, you will have an event which calls for one at some point, be it a wedding, Christening, funeral, barmitzvah or whatever, you will have one! Yes, you can wear separates but why not really look the part in a sharp suit.

Topman have a great range of suits right now and there’s something to suit all tastes, skinny fit, slim fit and a range of suits at just £100 

Check out the story on the Topman website

This skinny fit khaki green suit is from the £100 range and is a great colour. I wear suits a lot so I wanted to get something a bit different. Green is a great spring colour, so with thoughts of warmer weather and the rebirth of nature that’s the path I took. It also reflects the colourful nature of the city that I’m representing.

The awesome Brighton pier

Sunglasses needed for the winter sun

To go under the suit I chose a stone roll neck. To add a bit of contrast I chose darker accessories such as the brown flower lapel pin, the tortoiseshell sun glasses and the Delta Longwing burgundy leather brogues which I love!

The Delta Longwing brogues

Suited and booted for the city

Brighton beach, classically British

Suit, sweater and shoes from Topman 

The ‘Maxy’ woven elasticated belt continues the accent story and is by Brydon Brothers. Since it arrived it’s quickly become a firm favorite of mine. 

The burgundy briefcase picks up the colour of the shoes very well and is the multi pocket Batchel from The Cambridge Satchel Company

The Brydon Brothers elastic belt

The Brighton pavilion, a stunning piece of architecture

Brighton itself is a very cool city and as I have family there I have a good excuse to visit! With great cafes, shopping and a truly diverse culture it’s a city that I’d recommend you visit. When you do, just add a note here or add a pic to instagram and tag me! But don’t forget to take that roll neck sweater!

Mr Alston Craig vintage leather wallet

Enjoying a well deserved coffee

Cafe culture is strong in Brighton

My new Ice City watch continues the colour story

I know I shouldn’t but everything in moderation right!

Coffee keeps me going, like energy in a cup

Back to Brighton pier

My new tiger eye bracelet with gold buddha charm from Chandrah

The pocket square and flower pin keep it dapper

Suited and booted and ready for spring in my green suit

The roll neck make a warmer addition but still looks smary

More views of beautiful Brighton

Suit up in a skinny fit suit from Topman

The multi pocket batchel in burgundy leather

Check out the other cities on the Topman Website

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