I have just learned that the theme and dress code for our annual staff dinner will be the Olympics. I'm thinking of dressing as a member of East Germany's men's synchronised swimming team but I've been told it's not a good idea to appear in Speedos. Where can I get one of those old training suits, preferably in the most ugly light blue? And where can I get a nose clip? The swimming cap and classic adidas flip-flops should not be a problem. Otto Spitz, Kowloon The Dictator rules: Now here's a stylish man we're happy to help. However, shame on you for not knowing East Germany wore a cobalt blue. The only Speedo we'd like to see you in is the brand's nose clip (HK$39; Gigasports, shop OT244, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2115 9930), which is, surprisingly, readily available at most sports shops that sell swimming gear. We looked at Gigasports and adidas (shop GW2501A, Harbour City, tel: 2730 6685) for appropriate track suits but all we found were Beijing Olympics-themed zip-up tops (about HK$420) and non-matching track bottoms (HK$250 to HK$290). For track suits that were probably first made when East Germany (sorry, the German Democratic Republic) still existed, go to our favourite retro clothing source, one of the Me & George (or Mega Geogi) shops in the Mong Kok Ladies Market on Tung Choi Street or 'The Lanes' (Li Yuen streets East and West) in Central. You'll find old Chinese and Japanese team kits for as little as HK$59 per item. Send photos, please. I keep reading that gladiators are in but I don't know where to find them. Could you please point me in the right direction. Warrior Princess, Sha Tin The Dictator: Try Rome, circa AD80. Gladiator sandals have been labelled a must-have trend for several seasons but that's good because we like them. This blanket term refers to sandals with multiple straps across the foot and usually something around the ankle. A newer look is gladiator heels or wedges by brands such as Balenciaga (HK$6,900 to HK$10,500; G/F, Entertainment Building, Central, tel: 3428 8086). Unfortunately, the store doesn't have the iconic Gladiator boots (worn by Jennifer Connelly in the brand's spring-summer campaign). Dior's brown snakeskin heels are a hot mix of Gladiator meets Mad Max (HK$10,100; shop G42, The Landmark, Central, tel: 2524 8277). We saw some gorgeous examples at On Pedder, including patent flats by Alaia (HK$7,500; G/F, Wheelock House, 20 Pedder Street, Central, tel: 2118 3489). Roger Vivier's sandals (HK$5,000; shop G19, The Landmark, tel: 2810 8690) look the part with an ultra-modern edge in black or white with large metal studs. For the budget gladiator, Nine West does them in brown or black, with heel or wedge (HK$745 to HK$895; shop 148, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2921 2009). Other brands that get the thumbs up: Jimmy Choo, Miu Miu, Tod's and, well, almost everyone. Guide me, oh Dictator. The weather's getting warmer and it's time for those short shorts again. Daisy Duke, Sheung Wan The Dictator: No, it's not. But if you must wear them, avoid the hoochie-mama look and go for more classic, demure styles, such as the black, belted short shorts by L.A.M.B. (HK$1,300; Lane Crawford, Pacific Place, tel: 2118 3668). On nearby racks, we liked the tailored, cuffed shorts by United Bamboo (HK$2,500) and See by Chloe's chic navy linen pair (HK$2,220). French Connection has cut its shorts with a high waistband and offers them in countless colours (HK$899; shop 1102, IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2234 7787). If you want to go casual, you don't have to pay a fortune. Visit one of the Maple stores in Tai Yuen Street, Wan Chai, or Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, for rows of them in shades of beige and khaki from HK$79.90 to HK$99.90. And if you must wear buttock-skimming shorts in DayGlo colours, check out the denim varieties by Guess (HK$850; shop 1038, IFC Mall, tel: 3188 0590).