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How to be a dandy: London style tips for men

August 2010

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Winston Chesterfield
Stephanie Rushton

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Noticed a rise in style-savvy men about town? The blogosphere is buzzing with tips for the modern dandy and it would seem that London boys are logging on for the sartorial lowdown.

Leading the dapper revolution are bloggers Gary Kingsnorth (editor, thestyleking.com), Winston Chesterfield (blogger, Le Vrai Winston, venividivrai.blogspot.com), and Steven O'Neill and Graham Matthews (stylists, henrysopinion.com). Here, they share their style tips...

Best menswear shop in London?
GK Dover Street Market. It reminds me why I wanted to work in fashion. And I love Paul Smith in Westbourne Grove.
WC Selfridges, the sartorialist's Toys R Us.
SO'N and GM Hackett: British and versatile.

Menswear designers to watch?
GK James Small and Albam are good labels.
WC Tom Ford. Long after his success at Gucci, Tom's star continues to rise.
SO'N and GM Phillip Lim. He's just launched his menswear collection.

What should a man never wear?
GK Novelty ties.
WC Clam diggers, Velcro-strapped sandals or clip-on bow ties.
SO'N and GM Tracksuits, unless you're at the gym.

Who is the most stylish man?
GK Jude Law always looks cool without trying too hard.
WC Fiat heir Lapo Elkann exudes natural flair and inspirational style.
SO'N and GM Colin Firth. His friendship with Tom Ford has totally reinvented his look.

Top tips for the modern man?
GM It is always worth investing in a few quality items — less is more.
WC The rules of dressing are not hard and fast. Experiment and enjoy yourself.
SO'N and GM Build a staple wardrobe and everything else will fall into place.

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