Thursday 17 January 2019

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Louis Copeland Collection blue boxcheck three-piece suit, €1,249; blue hairstripe cotton slim-fit shirt, €139 and plum silk tie by Canali, €110. Photo: Daniel Holfeld

Suits you, Sir: how men's suiting finally moved on 

Andrew Richardson leans back and strikes a pose in his window check suit. The handsome 6ft 2in man from Co Mayo has walked the catwalk, and he is back in Ireland to model for Louis Copeland. The photoshoot identifies a new trend emerging in the formal male clothing market. David O'Connor, general manager at Louis Copeland, calls it "the casualisation of suits and the fact that the modern suit should be thought of as two, or three, pieces rather than just a standard grey or navy suit."

Pink 'Ella' crewneck cashmere sweater, €159, also available in grey and black, sizes XS-L; Black 'Erin' stepped skinny jeans, €179, available in sizes 8-16

24-hour wear 

Theo + George is a relatively new but very exciting brand to the marketplace. The Irish brand is building a keen fanbase amongst those who like premium, accessible clothing designed to fit in seamlessly with your life - am and pm, from the working week into weekends off. Designer Katie O'Riordan's philosophy is "a life of conscious simplicity" and her intention was to create a brand of "reliable wardrobe staples that wearers can get mileage out of", combined with thoughtful, stylish yet functional touches.

Suzie Goggins with her dad Tom 'Mr Cashmere' Monaghan. Photo: Maxwells

Bairbre Power... Out and about 

The Monaghan clan enjoyed double celebrations as they marked the opening of their new store on Dublin's South Anne Street and Suzie Goggins, daughter of Tom 'Mr Cashmere' Monaghan, celebrated being 50 years young. Her dapper dad, who is now in his 90s, started off in business with his wife, Teresa, in the former Grafton Street arcade and he now stands proud as one of the country's longest serving retailers. Tom is a great man for routine, Suzie told me, and every morning after a coffee - his favourite spot is Bewleys on Grafton Street - he arrives into the shop at 9am and greets each...

Bairbre Power

The weather decided it in the end. I simply had to lose the ‘American nun’ navy tights and break out those legs for summer sunshine 

I am a creature of habit and comfort. When it comes to clothes, I have my absolute seasonal favourites that I tend to wear like a uniform and over the past few months, it was my Helen Steele dropped waist silk dress. So admired when I'm abroad, the jackeen in me takes great pride in explaining her prints of Dublin lighthouses and harbour imagery based on photographs that Helen's...