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The gentleman’s guide to British style

British style

British men have always been famous for their iconic style. Benedict Cumberbatch, Sean Connery, Daniel Craig, Gary Grant are the prime examples of the immaculate British style.

A real Brit is impeccably groomed at all times, looks flawless and has no brand names in sight. The British fashion cornerstone is the perfect fit along with the highest quality.

Many people associate Britons with leather oxfords, silk cravats, Savile Row suits and they are absolutely right. However, there are many other garments, which you need to achieve that distinctive British look. In this article, I am going to tell you more about this particular style and help you understand how to look like a real British gentleman.

British style


Since the 1840s, Savile Row has been the best place to get a nice suit. Here you can find a suit for almost every budget. It all starts with off-the-peg suits, which are handmade and presented in standard sizes. However, a tailor can adjust it to your measurements. Another option is a made-to-measure suit, which is cut from an existing pattern. You will be able to try on several samples, choose the one you like the most and make needed adjustments with your tailor. Here you can choose the fabric, buttons, lapels, but the choices are usually limited to a few options. The best and most expensive suit is a bespoke suit, which is created to your precise measurements and specifications. Here you can choose from thousands of clothes and styles. Your tailor can sculpt the suit to your individual shape. As a result, you get an outstanding, one-of-a-kind garment.

In Pietrocola Bespoke you can get the finest bespoke suit as well. As our client, you can choose from a broad range of the most exceptional fabrics produced in Italy or the United Kingdom. We strive to achieve the best results and create a sophisticated garment for every customer. 

British style


One of the staples for a suited man, a shirt can complement or ruin your look. The best investment is a white cotton dress shirt. It should be slim-fitting, but not very tight to give you comfort and ease of movement. A double cuff should finish just a half an inch below your sleeve, the collar should stand out above the jacket lapels.

British style

Tweed jacket

Every British gentleman has a classic tweed jacket in his wardrobe. In the Edwardian period, this garment was a sign of high status, showing that a man could afford such exclusive activities as deer stalking and driven shooting. Nowadays, a tweed jacket still remains an iconic and timeless symbol of British style.

A good jacket fits, has a waisted silhouette and sits comfortably on your shoulders. Under no circumstances should a jacket drape across the chest.

British style


You can’t go wrong with a good pair of Brogues, Oxfords or Chelsea Boots. These shoes are timeless and classic, will look great with a suit. You can find the finest British-made footwear in my favourite Barker or Tricker`s. All models are developed and made by the finest craftsmen to provide exceptional quality, fit and comfort. Shoes play a great role in every outfit and they are worth investment for sure.

British style


Hats make you look sophisticated and elegant. For something more formal, choose a fedora or a trilby. They will add some old-school charm and make you stand out from the crowd. For something more relaxed, try a tweed flat cap or a baker boy cap. They are very stylish and easy to pair with a wide range of different outfits.


British gentlemen pay attention to every detail, all of them have to be perfect. Accessorizing is the chance to add some personal touch to the classic look. Get a bright silk tie to make your outfit more colourful, but remember that it should fit into your look and always tie it up tight to the collar.

British style

Don’t forget about cufflinks, always keep them nice and neat. They show your status and add extra charm to your outfit. As regards watches, British gentlemen favour something simple rather than pretentious. Opt for a leather-strapped chronograph or a slim dress watch. A nice leather briefcase will polish off your look. It should be simple and beautiful, but at the same time functional. Get one made of soft leather, either from the shop or bespoke from Pietrocola Bespoke.

A British gentleman is never scruffy, but always impeccably groomed. Visit a barber to get your hair, beard and manicure done.

In the modern world, many styles have blended into a new form and sometimes it is pretty hard to identify the influences of every particular national style. British style has had a great impact on menswear fashion of many countries. After reading this article, you will easily spot garments that are quintessentially British and develop your own style based on British traditions.

Alessandro Rocco Pietrocola is an entrepreneur, fintecher, investor, blogger and author based in London and operating mainly in Europe, Asia and Oceania with main focus on UK, Baltic Countries, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, UAE, Middle East and New Zealand as area of interest! At the moment is the CEO of Astorts Group. He is an UK FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) and NZ FSPR (Financial Service Provider Register) Approved Person and has great experience as director of regulated companies.
He uses to dedicate part of his life to inspire others and help them achieve the most out of their lives. Since he was 20, he had successfully founded and managed several companies operating in the field of management consulting, wealth management and fintech. He is Member of Institute of Directors in London, Member of Changer Club in Riga, Member of Fintech Association of Hong Kong, Member of Singapore Fintech Association, Member of Non Executive Director Association in London and Member of Alumni Network of Draper University in San Francisco. He loves travelling, he is a cigars lover, an amateur golfer and a dapper man.

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