Suits you, sir
Dáithí O Sé is a big fan of sharp suits. Traditionally a jeans-and-denim-shirt guy, he's bang on trend for the double-denim look this season. However, the TG4 presenter readily admits he's a latecomer to sartorial elegance.
"It's only since I started dressing well that I've started winning awards," says Dáithí who picked up the VIP Style Award and Kerryman Of The Year within a night of each other.
Facing the challenge to find a suit to wear to the Powers Whiskey Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday, Dáithí opted for a Canali, a favourite label with US President Barack Obama. The sharply tailored suit from Louis Copeland has thin chalk stripes, but he zapped conservatism by choosing a lilac shirt and floral tie. Rather than go down the conventional road, he chose brown shoes over black.
"I love going racing and since Galway is very much my home turf, I love going to other racecourses throughout the year," says Dáithí, whose second choice to the navy was a pale grey Hugo Boss mohair suit. It's a range which Louis introduced him to, and this suit has the same precision tailoring favoured by actor Shia LaBeouf for his Wall Street 2-themed fashion shoot for April's GQ magazine.
Buttoning his jacket, Dáithí smiles broadly as he explains: "If it's a two-button jacket, you only button the top one and if it is a three-button jacket, you button the middle one." Fair play to you Dáithí, it's never too late to discover you love dressing up. Meanwhile actor Michael Hayes, who first came to our attention in How Low Can You Go?, proves to be an enthusiastic dresser and couldn't quite make up his mind between a houndstooth jacket from Hackett or a navy jacket with chinos and a splash of colour in a red scarf and lovely separates from Tommy Hilfiger. I put my bet on him wearing the scarf outfit to the races!
Chinos are making a comeback this season and provide a great alternative to denim, tailored with a slim, straight leg and medium rise, says Alan Kelly of Gentleman Please in Blackrock.
Blazers are back, in a full spectrum of colours, unstructured cotton and linen with narrow fits, tweaked to deliver a more contemporary look. Cool dudes will know that it's a double-breasted jacket with four or six buttons, and for autumn/winter the silhouette for double-breasted jackets is slimmer again. Brown Thomas menswear have trousers with wider waistbands, a crease front and a side-seam jet pocket wand. Don't forget to go for a wider tie. My find of the week was Dalvey, a new Scottish accessories store at 23 Grafton Street. The watches and fountain pens in the window caught my eye and and that's where I found the pin-striped umbrella (€100 -- see page 19) in grey and burgundy. The brollies are perfect for a suited and booted gent heading to the Irish Grand National. There again, the sun might shine so you could use the rather nifty, fold-up aviator sunglasses (€110).
I haven't been so impressed by a new brand in Dublin for a long time. The company started in 1879 making bagpipes, and Sir Patrick Grant, the founder of the firm in its current form, spent half his childhood in Dublin. Welcome back Patrick.