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Did I just find the ultimate brogue?

It was an ill-fitting pair of second hand Tricker’s that ended my love affair with the brogue. I’d taken a chance on these beautiful looking shoes on eBay – despite them being a narrow fitting and half a size down from my normal size – and how I wish I hadn’t. One morning on my…

Retro Kids Fashion – Buckle My Shoe Vintage

A lot of mainstream clothing for young girls lacks imagination - far too many shades of pink and boring floral prints. I often end up buying boys clothes for my girls in a lot of shops, as their ranges tend to be larger and the designs more interesting. There's also that crushing feeling when you…

Two essential summer shirts

As a dandy I feel quite underdressed when I don’t wear a shirt. Even in the height of summer, I’ll try my best to smarten up a T-shirt by tucking it into a pair of slacks (with a woven leather belt and a pair of penny loafers for company) but I still feel like a…

Mothercare A/W18 collection

I've been a big fan of Mothercare's clothing range since I started this parenting lark. In particular, I rate the ongoing collaborations they have with Mylene Klass (the subtle 'My K' range) and Jools Oliver (the retro 'Little Bird' collection) and so I looked forward to seeing what they had in store for A/W18. The press…

Dandy Dad does sewing – GBSB Live competition

"Fancy making your daughter a pair of pyjamas?" they said.  As the only two things in my life currently are children and a love of tailoring, I said of course I do! The good people at The Great British Sewing Bee Live have invited me to take part in a three hour workshop at the event…

Lunch with Chester Barrie

My life very much feels like it’s in transition at the moment. This sense of straddling the past and the future was neatly highlighted on my last day of full time work in July. I’d swanned off at lunchtime saying I was going to the pub and might be a bit late back for a…

Dandy Dad’s Essentials – The Hawaiian Shirt

The Hawaiian shirt (or Aloha shirt as it’s also known) still proves to be popular with the man on the street, which is unfortunate, as he’s taken what should be super cool menswear item that’s reminiscent of affluent, optimistic post-war America with its tiki bars and exotica, and teamed it with a pair of bootcut jeans,…

Fresh summer looks for girls from Denmark

I'm not a massive fan of the heat. Personally, summer represents the dichotomy between clement weather and the end of layering as a fashion option. It's tough to make a statement with just a T-shirt, penny loafers and chinos, but hey, I'm always up for a challenge. However, new seasons bring with them new collections, which means…

Scandos do it Better

From progressive politics and flatpack furniture, to crime drama and tax-financed welfare programmes, those nice liberal types across the North Sea just seem to do everything a bit better than us, including parenting. I spoke to Anna Ekman at Swedish company BabyBjörn about the ethos behind the brand, how they choose their designs, and how they're one…

Baby carriers revisited

Baby Carriers. What’s a sartorially conscious father supposed to do? Does practicality ever meet style halfway? Many friends and acquaintances will be well aware of my aversion to the very notion of a baby harness. In fact, I wrote a newspaper article about it because I was so adamant that they're a step too far.…