What I Wore Today #51

Craig of That Dapper Chap shares what he wore today in this outfit of the day post featuring a statement jacket and boots

This look is pretty much all about the jacket. In a vibrant red and blue check it really does make a statement. While this was available as a full suit (now sold out) I wanted to show you how a suit can be broken up and worn in a less formal way. Just because it comes in three pieces it doesn’t mean that it’s the only way to wear it!

Sticking with the red and blue, I chose a pair of red Chelsea boots which carry the colour story through the outfit and add additional interest.You might think that red shoes are a bit risky for a guy, but for me I think they really work with this look.

With a crisp plain white cotton shirt and blue slim fit jeans the look is clean and modern, but made more contemporary by the addition of the jacket. Finished with a navy knitted tie and silver tie bar, it’s an easy look to recreate.

Many men are afraid of wearing a statement piece like this jacket. Don’t be! The main reason guys shy away from bright colours and pattern is due to what other people may think. The reaction I get when I wear this jacket is generally “I wish I had the guts to wear a jacket like that” I hear that a lot and what is shows me is that guys, like you, want to wear something a little more daring. So, be that guy, why not?


Red Chelsea Boots – The Sole Box – £39.99

Blue Slim Fit Jeans – Burton Menswear – £30.00

Skinny Fit White Shirt – Burton Menswear – £20.00

Navy Knitted Tie – Moss Bros – £20.00

Silver Tie Bar – Moss Bros – £15.00

Red & Blue Check Jacket (similar) – Noose & Monkey – £150.00


The ‘Ginsberg’ tartan suit from Noose & Monkey

Craig of That Dapper Chap wears the ‘Ginsberg’ tartan suit from Noose & Monkey

We’ve all come to love Noose & Monkey for their tailoring and the less usual pattern, colour and textures that they offer. You may have seen my previous post where I showed off items from the latest range.

As a guy who likes to step outside of the standard look a suit can offer, Noose & Monkey really appeal to me. So when I had an opportunity to grab the blue and green ‘Ginsberg’ suit, of course I leaped at it.

They say that blue and green should never been seen. I don’t know who ‘they’ are but they couldn’t be more wrong! For me blue and green sit in the same colour family, and while I struggle with putting brown and black together, this combo of colour works perfectly.

If you’re a fan of tartan you should also take a look at the ‘Hogarth‘ suit in red and navy. A bit more ‘in your face’ than the ‘Ginsberg’ but what an impact!


This, like the majority of the suits from Noose & Monkey is a skinny fit. The jacket has a one button fastening and peak lapels. With a single vent at the back, it has three pockets on the outside and four inside. There’s even a special comb pocket where you’ll find a complimentary Noose & Monkey comb to keep that barnet well coiffed. and don’t forget the famous Noose & Monkey skull print lining.

The waistcoat is a double breasted horse shoe design which again sets a Noose & Monkey suit apart from other suits available on the high street. The do recommend that you try a size larger in the jacket and the waistcoat as the fit is very slim. Having said that I usually buy a 40″ chest and ordered the suit in the same size, and I think you can see from the images that it fits well.

If you do decide to order a couple of sizes to check what feels best, Noose & Monkey offer a full returns policy.


The trousers are again a skinny fit. I ordered the size I usually do, and they fit just fine. They are flat fronted and have two pockets at the back, one with a flap, and one without that has contrasting lime stitching, another little touch that Noose and Monkey like to include in their suiting.

The suit may not be for everyone, and while I did get a negative comment from a colleague, a complete stranger did stop me in the street to tell me “I love your suit” So if you’re looking for something different for an event, a wedding or that prom, take a look at the Noose & monkey range.



The Noose & Monkey SS17 collection

Craig of That Dapper Chap shares details of the seventh collection of suits, shirts and accessories from Noose & Monkey

With six awesome collections under it’s highly styled belt, Noose & Monkey returns with it’s seventh collection for Spring summer 2017.

With a burst of colour, pattern and texture, I’m already thinking of spring weddings and summer rooftop parties sipping gin cocktails as the sun sets.

As we’ve come to expect from Noose & Monkey, pattern and colour is bold! if you’re a guy who wants something different and who enjoys standing out from the crowd Noose & Monkey have got just what you need. Texture comes in the form of rich velvet’s in deep pink, burgundy, ice blue & duck egg. There’s also the crocodile and snake skin blazers if you’re a fan of unusual patterns.

For SS17 they’ve thrown in a brand new style in the form of the Picasso tail coat, with all-over velvet flocking design. And talking of things a little more formal, they’re also giving us tuxedo’s with two new styles gracing the rails, perfect for wedding, prom or that James Bond moment we all have from time to time.

I have my own ‘Ellroy’ suit which I wear to death, it’s a great every day, well fitting suit. If you want something other than black and navy this season check out the new colours that are coming our way, as the ‘Ellroy’ is now available in wine, bright pink, & pistachio amongst others

If tartan is your thing, you’ll be pleased to hear that Noose & Monkey will continue the range with the new ‘Hogarth’ suit which will come in burgundy & navy colourway, in addition to a classic green & navy tartan. It sold out on first release so keep your eyes peeled if you want one as more stocks are expected soon.

You’ll find blazers for between £120 and £165, waistcoats between £45 and £50 and trousers for £50 to £65

So, we know that Noose & Monkey do great suits but did you know they also offer shirting and accessories like ties, bow ties, collar chains and cufflinks to complete your look? If you fancy a cool new shirt and some cool finishing touches to go with that swanky suit you’ll also find these at Noose & Monkey. Shirts will be available throughout the season for around £40.

If you want something less formal, they also have velvet bomber jackets with the ‘Monet’ in a gold crushed velvet along with one in burgundy and black flocking print. Again, don’t be surprised if these fly of the shelves so get in quick. Get yours for £125 to £130.

The range is available directly at NooseAndMonkey.com, but you’ll also find them in ASOS, Zalando and De Bijenkorf, as well Topman online and in store in Oxford Circus, London and selected stores across the states.

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Wearing my black ‘Ellroy’ suit from Noose & Money