A Twentieth Century Gent Giveaway

Fashion is always evolving and forever changing.
Style, however, defines time.

The Roaring Twenties were no exception to this; it was a time when the ‘gentleman’ learned to carefully tailor his own image. Suits were the order of the day.

I am an avid fan of HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’. An explosive prohibition drama, it is a highly-acclaimed series set in Atlantic City and everything has been painted with a twenties brush. The props are decadent, the costumes are sharp. So, for this outfit post, I decided to take inspiration from prohibition-era America.


Let’s start with what is on my feet, as “you can judge a man by his shoes”. Luckily, Dune are on hand to offer the perfect finishing touch to any dapper suit or tuxedo with their velvet moccasins. I really love the finish and they help to complete an outfit for any special occasion.


Trying to mix up the colours a little (as the 1920s weren’t all black and white you know…) I wore a pair of tailored maroon trousers from Zara. As well as looking crisp, these are incredibly durable and also partially resistant to the odd splash of red wine, always a slight fear of mine when the drinks start flowing.


I’m a huge fan of crisp white double-cuff shirts, a staple in my wardrobe. There are literally thousands of generic white shirts out there but in my opinion, a good strong collar is also important to make the shirt sit well. Hawes & Curtis have a number of affordable options that can either be worn with a suit or casually. Just remember to invest in a good pair of cufflinks!

I’ll often opt for a belt for two reasons; firstly, it will break the colour between the shirt and trousers but, more importantly, it will prevent your trousers from falling down (certainly not the correct etiquette for a gentleman). On this occasion however, I felt that a pair of green River Island braces would do the job perfectly whilst adding a splash of colour to the shirt.

I own a number of smart blazers and you could end up re-mortgaging a house to fund such an extravagant habit. Luckily, Jeff Banks have an affordable solution with this tuxedo jacket. If you look a million dollars there is no need to spend a million dollars.

Tuxedo Jacket – Jeff Banks // Double Cuff Shirt – Hawes & Curtis // Green Braces – River Island // Maroon Trousers – Zara // Velvet Moccasins – Dune

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It would be great to know what era of fashion you find most compelling. Is there a particular decade that you like to take inspiration from?

If you have read this far, then I would like to reward your commitment with…my first giveaway!!

To celebrate the release of the fifth season of Boardwalk Empire on DVD, I am offering one lucky winner the chance to win a  copy of Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Fifth Season on DVD plus a £50 drink voucher for London’s top Speakeasy bar PURL London where you could sample their new ‘Dry January’ cocktail menu, inspired by the hit TV gangster programme.

can sample the Big 7 Break and Empty
 from Monday 12th at PURL London for
the entire month of January.

runners-up will also win a copy of the Fifth Season DVD box set.

Enter below and get your entries in before midday on the Saturday 31st January 2015! (UK Residents Only)

I will be announcing the winners on Sunday 1st February so you can spend that drinks voucher on something a little more alcoholic…

Don’t forget to scroll right in the giveaway, to see the three separate prizes!

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Empire: The Complete Fifth Season is out now on Blu-ray & DVD.


1 Comment

  1. January 19, 2015 / 7:18 am

    Great style, so dapper..

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