Dressing the Man(nequin) with John Twitchen

Thursday, 7 April 2022

A closer look at Cordings’ Spring/Summer 2022 Men’s Collection…

For the next couple of weeks we will be putting the spotlight on different items from men’s SS22. Every week a different member of Cordings’ talented sales team will style a mannequin based around a garment from the new season.

This week I caught up with John Twitchen to find out what he would combine with our new season Orange Lambswool V-Neck Sweater. Let’s take a look at the outfit he put together.

mannequin with an orange jumper
THE WATSON OUTFIT STYLED BY JOHN TWITCHEN

Take us through your outfit John.

“I built it around this orange lambswool sweater which is machine washable. I love this colour, so to draw it out, I combined it with the pale blue overcheck tattersall check shirt, the orange duck silk cravat and the red wool-challis hunting handkerchief which all have shades of this orange running through them. This, in my view, gives it a very spring/summer look. To pick up the blue in the shirt and the handkerchief, I paired it all with the new season, machine washable, gabardine trousers. These are a flattering trouser, perfect for that warmer weather we are supposed to be having. The Watson cotton jacket in a sand colour is also new this season. It pairs easily and works well for spring when there is still a nip in the air. It’s a handsome jacket with lovely nubuck detailing on the elbows and button holes.

sand linen jacket over orange jumper
CORDINGS’ LAMBSWOOL JUMPER STYLED WITH OUR WATSON COTTON JACKET, DUCK SILK SILK CRAVAT,
RED WOOL-CHALLIS HUNTING HANK AND PALE BLUE LARGE OVERCHECK TATTERSALL SHIRT

The other thing I did was to coordinate the belt with the shoes. Always, gentlemen, you should wear the same coloured belt as your shoes. If your shoes are black you would wear a black belt. In this case I have matched the tan shoes with the tan belt. That is the normal dress policy for any suit or any trouser.”

tan brown belt on a mannequin with tan brown shoes
THE TAN BROWN BELT WITH THE TAN BROWN SHOES

Do you have a name for your outfit?

“I call this the Watson Outfit, named after the jacket of course and with a nod to Dr Watson in Sherlock Holmes”

Do you have a specific occasion in mind for it?

“It is best worn during the day however I would also wear it for going to the cinema in the evening.”

What is your favourite garment in the men’s collection?

“That’s a tricky question. I like this Bloomsbury jacket, I think it’s just lovely, one of my favourites and something I wear a lot. The fabric’s a blend of silk, linen and wool which makes it a good weight – not too warm but not too cold! Then there is the Green Nobel Check Linen jacket – there’s fantastic colour in this. I believe that when it comes to a jacket, the louder the better really.”

Two Cordings jackets
JOHN’S FAVOURITES: THE BLOOMSBURY JACKET AND THE NOBEL CHECK LINEN JACKET

Tell us one fun fact about yourself?

“I have spoken a couple of times on the radio, back in the day.”

What do you like most about Cordings?

“oh everything: the shop, the clothing, the place, the tradition, the people… yes, especially the people.”

Mannequin with his arm around John
TWO DAPPER CHAPS IN PICCADILLY

How long have you worked at Cordings?

“I think it has been about 8 years now”

Like what you saw? Shop the Watson outfit styled by John:

PALE BLUE LARGE OVERCHECK TATTERSALL SHIRT £69,
ORANGE LAMBSWOOL V-NECK JUMPER £89 and TRUE NAVY SUMMER GABARDINE TROUSERS £120.
BROWN BLUE CALF GRAIN REVERSIBLE BELT £95,
ORANGE DUCK SILK CRAVAT £59 and RED WOOL-CHALLIS HUNTING HANK £30.
SAND WATSON COTTON JACKET £395

Come down to Cordings’ store at 19 Piccadilly to visit John and the rest of the sales team, and see our new spring summer garments for yourselves!

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