Want to look effortlessly cool? Take a leaf out of Benedict Cumberbatch’s book. He wears that Sherlock TV wardrobe so well.
Most of the pieces are classic British brands, or top-end designer, yet the way he wears them makes them so low-key.
The coat is the hot-ticket item. It just makes everything else work and, with its red-stitched buttonhole, looks a little bit street, a little bit edgy. It’s by Belstaff, but Ben’s model is no longer available. The new version – The Milford, £1,095 – is a perfect substitute. Never button it up. Ever.
The Jaxon & James grey tweed deerstalker is an altogether trickier number. You’ll need a strong jaw and a thick skin to traipse confidently down the high street in this. But if you’re going the whole hog, it’s essential and costs just over £20. Do not untie the bow at any time. You’ll look stupid.
Hand-made brogues – goes without saying. Black, punched, laced, good leather. Scuffed is good. Scuffed is very good.
Beautifully-cut shirts are key. They should look unimportant, plain, relaxed and a little bit crumpled. Open-neck. Always. Black, white, grey, possibly claret? Dolce & Gabanna’s work. £235 Selfridges/Harrods.
Mulberry wool scarf. Non-primary colour. No pattern. Cashmere, naturally. £195.
Dents hand-sewn, lambswool lined Oxford Leather Gloves. Black, of course. £64.95.