The Weekend

  • I really like wearing suits with all the trimmings. I want to be a bit more relaxed for casual occasions but I have no interest in being scruffy. How do I walk this line?

    We applaud your commitment to style. You will be pleased to hear that luxury casualwear is one of the areas that we are developing here at Duchamp. The garments will have all our trademark colours and patterns, but we have deliberately sought out soft or crisp fabrics for our huge range of shirts, we have excellent cotton sweaters from Italy and our soft structured jackets are smart yet very different in look and feel to a suit jacket. Add into the mix a pair of our new brightly coloured chino's and you're onto a winner. Remember that even with casual outfits you can go to town with the accessories – especially pocket handkerchiefs, belts, socks, and our superb linen scarves.

  • I sometimes worry about making a mistake wearing too many styles, colours or patterns at once. How can I make a good impression without going over the top?

    Choose just one strong item and let that do all the talking. For example, put one of our smart-casual jackets over a plain polo shirt, add some denim and one of our silk scarves and bingo, you are talking loud and saying something. Even at Duchamp, less can sometimes be more.

  • As Spring is on the way, I'm interested in adding tailored shorts to my wardrobe, what is the best way to dress them up?

    In the Spring season, you can still dress comfortably for the warm weather and maintain a smart look. Start with a pair of trim Duchamp shorts that end just above the knee. Stay neat on a weekend day by wearing the shorts with a fitted Duchamp polo in a bright color—tucked in, with no rumple of extra fabric at the waist. For an outdoor occasion that requires something more dressed-up, turn to a pale blue floral soft shirt. From there, you can add a linen scarf to elevate this look even further, or consider adding a navy cotton soft jacket in the evening for a polished touch once the weather cools. In all cases, pull the ensemble together with a handsome loafer or moccasin in soft brown or black leather, worn sockless for added style and appeal.

  • I'm a big fan of your new polo shirt range, but I've never been sure to wear them tucked or untucked, what is the best way to wear them?

    As with many sportswear staples, the polo shirt has its origins in utility. The rule of thumb for the athletes playing the sport itself was that jerseys (a.k.a. "polo shirts") should be tucked in and for this reason, the classic style calls for tucking. That said, it was also these very athletes who, when stepping off their horses, tended to pull the shirttail from their pants and thereby created what is known as the "preppy half-tuck," a state of relaxed elegance. For our part here at Duchamp, there is no steadfast rule: Wear the shirt however you’re comfortable, with the caveat that it’s generally best to tuck when neatness is required and best to go relaxed and un-tucked when casual.

  • Climate change seems to have made the weather crazy. I never know how much to wear when I go out. I often end up being cold or too warm. Do you have any practical advice of how to dress for our changeable British weather?

    As Woody Allen famously said, “I love your British weather. You have all four seasons in one day.” At Duchamp we are great believers in layering – putting together outfits than continue to work if you add or subtract a piece or two. For example, for a very cold or wet day you could wear our trench coat with a piece of our cotton knitwear worn over a simple polo shirt for a less inclement day. Add one of our linen scarves and you have a versatile outfit that should cover most eventualities. But we still advise checking the weather forecast before you go out.


    In the Summer months, my office tend to be a little less restrictive in our uniform policy, what would you recommend wearing for the office during this time?        


    To prepare for summer, focus on lightweight pieces that you can add or remove as you commute to a climate-controlled environment. To start, choose your work staples—dress shirts, trousers and suits—in breathable fabrics like linen, cotton chino or light cotton that will keep you cool and at ease throughout the day. If you typically wear a suit to work, invest in cotton twill, summer-weight linens and mohair wools which will allow air to circulate better than tweeds or heavier wools. If your office tends toward casual dressing in the summer months, consider wearing these new suits with a polo in orange or navy for a pulled-together, preppy look. In the most casual offices, you can pair the same polo or a dress shirt with a pair of chinos or light denim in a bright spring colour, rolling the cuffs just above your ankle for a look that’s a strong option when shorts are not. Keep a lightweight crew neck t-shirt or cardigan at your office in the event you get cold, but this will be the time to pack away your sweaters, coats and heavier winter suits. Don’t forget to dry-clean them first, especially since many launderers will preserve your apparel with tissue or in boxes at no charge.