Dandy & Dapper

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 September, 2010, 12:00am


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I saw a guy wearing a sweater (or was it a cardigan) with elbow patches and thought it looked pretty neat. Where can I get one that won't make me look like my grandpa?

Mr Dandy: Golly gee whiz! Unless you literally mean it looked tidy, you should know that nobody uses 'neat' in this millennium. Tommy Hilfiger does a great one for winter weekends in thick grey and navy stripes with a fluffy, fleece-like lining (HK$1,990; The Landmark, Central, tel: 2525 8848). Calvin Klein Jeans does it with a difference: square elbow patches on a grey zip-up cardigan (HK$1,290; Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 9506). We also like trendy Danish brand Junk de Luxe's cardigans with oval leather or knit patches (HK$1,490; Harvey Nichols, The Landmark, tel: 3695 3388); as well as Patrik Ervell's luxe take on the traditional army sweater (HK$3,790; Harvey Nichols).

Mr Dapper: Our favourite is Altea's round-neck, wool pullover in light blue, purple or pink with elbow patches in white-trimmed grey knit (HK$1,890; The Landmark, tel: 2537 9246). For all we know, emulating your grandfather's style might be an improvement. We're sure, though, that you'll run little risk of appearing dated if you pair one of these jumpers with slim cut, non-pleated trousers, and leave the cravat and pipe at home. You could also wear a bright colour, but make sure absolutely everything else is subdued, or neutral. For example, you could wear a bold coloured jumper with jeans or khakis. Of course, you could always take an old jumper and sew on some elbow patches.

I like driving shoes but I don't feel like advertising Tod's, and don't think they live up to the hype. What other great ones do you recommend?

Mr Dandy: Advertising? You sort of just did. We've heard it all before and we think it's just a weird anti-snobbism. You're just trying to be different by finding something exactly the same. So be it. A. Testoni makes driving shoes in basic brown or black leather (HK$2,580 to HK$3,380; IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2523 8303). Ermenegildo Zegna has a few styles, from plain suede to loafer hybrids (HK$3,900 to HK$4,700; Alexandra House, Central, tel: 2868 9638). If you want to mix it up, take a look at Canali's tasselled driving shoes-cum-boat shoes (HK$4,700; IFC Mall, tel: 2118 5718). For the traditional shape done in luxe croc (HK$39,000) or funky coloured leather (HK$5,900 up), head to Fabio Caviglia (IFC Mall, tel: 2155 0558).

Mr Dapper: Car Shoe might be the perfect alternative for you since its are similar to Tod's driving shoes and are very well made (about HK$2,250 up; Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, tel: 2118 7777).

You don't need to pay a lot to get this now common style. For example, Aldo does them for HK$890 up (IFC Mall, tel: 2623 0733). How you wear the shoes is just as important as what you choose. We prefer them with no socks and don't wear them with a suit unless it's a casual one.