A relatively new phenomenon, Cyber Monday is an annual online shopping ‘event’ – a dystopian idea if there ever was
one. But there are deals to be had. Here are The Rake’s top picks…
The festive season = parties. Parties = dressing up. You’ll likely get more ‘black tie’ invites in the month of
December than at any other time of year, so having a go-to ensemble you can rely on is handy. This Black Watch
dinner jacket by Chester Barrie is a great starting point, and is the perfect wearable statement piece, that’ll have
you standing out for all the right reasons. A simple white, semi-spread collar shirt will suffice and you’ll
actually be able to wear it for non-formal occasions (unlike the traditionally ‘correct’ hidden placket evening
shirt). Pair with a black or midnight blue bow tie and patent whole-cuts, like this exemplary pair by Sutor
A navy blazer is by far the most versatile piece of tailoring one can own. This one is cut by Rubinacci in its
signature Neapolitan style, featuring spalla camica (shirt-sleeve) shoulders, broad notch lapels, a three-roll-two
button stance, a barchetta (boat-shaped) breast pocket, pignata patch pockets, and minimal structure throughout.
It’s currently at 20% off, making it even more enticing. Spice things up further with a blue-and-white twill,
striped shirt and a printed silk pocket square – this one with hand-rolled edges by Calabrese 1924.
Sportswear doesn’t have to be sloppy. Whilst it might not have the same performance-focussed qualities as poly-blend
tracksuits or even Merino wool sweatshirts, this pure cashmere funnel neck sweater will keep you (at least) looking
cool on a run. It’s unparalleled comfort makes it ideal for wearing around the house, too. For the sporting rake,
pair with these cotton fleece jogging bottoms and – for ultimate comfort – some Emma Willis linen boxer shorts.
‘Western’-style shirts are usually made from hard-wearing denim, which makes this black corduroy example from Italian
brand Barbanera an interesting proposition. It features all the traditional features of a western-inspired shirt
including ‘sawtooth’ chest pockets, a stylised yoke covering the front and rear of the shoulders, and snap buttons –
although they are rendered in an eccentric diamond shape. Yet the black corduroy fabric gives it a slightly dressier
feel, making it perfect for a casual evening out, or, if worn with boots, a rugged all-black motorcycle ensemble. Go
for Barbanera’s black Kerouac boots and a Hedon helmet to finish it off.