Dressing Up Denim With Andrew Brookes

Dressing Up Denim With Andrew Brookes

I’m certain most of you own or have owned a denim shirt in your life time. A fantastic, versatile item to have in the wardrobe, it goes with anything from chinos to denim jeans. Yes indeed the old “double denim” is something I’am an advocate of as long as they are not matching in the same colour. When it comes to popping on the shirt itself however, I would guess a good percentage of you have never worn one with a suit. With this in mind, last month I paid a visit to renowned tailor Andrew Brookes in Edinburgh to check out some shirt options and where I also found a denim shirt perfectly suited for any occasion.

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On first glance, the words of “Fisherman’s Knit” and “Summer” in the same sentence seem complete madness, however if we look back into history theres much we can channel from the likes of JFK, for example, drifting around on his yacht.

Although the jumper itself displays the cream colour found on the traditional Aran fisherman’s jumper, woven naturally on the islands that bear that name, these more modern takes are not a heavy wool with natural oils as protection, but a lightweight and breathable Pima cotton. Something which has a good weight to keep you warm as the summer nights cool down a little, yet light enough you wont be frying in the mid-day sun.

Keeping in check with modern cuts you will find that todays Fisherman Knits have a slimmer, narrower fit, so it wont look like you are wearing a thick bedsheet, yet they still contain that ribbed pattern which ideally compliments a rough fabric like your denim jeans. Take a look at our examples below of whos doing it, and how to wear it.

Italian fashion house Canali brought the knit upon us with their SS15 show in Milan. In the above image they have paired it with some tailored trousers and crisp white trainers for a fresh summer look which fits into most social occasions.

Wear it like Leonardo DiCaprio did in the recent film adaptation of The Great Gatsby. You might not have the vast linen closest he has in this scene, but you can mirror his mysterious millionaire style with this example showing the light, ribbed pattern across the chest and rolled up sleeves to give a more relaxed demeanor.

Presidential style here from one John F Kennedy. This lightweight knit was always a favourite with him and should be with you so wether its sailing off Cape Cod or drifting into town for a drink, this little number should be on your back to fend off that cool summer breeze.


June is finally upon us which means two things, better weather (this regionally varies), and summer holiday times. Here at The Gentleman Select we want you looking your best and kitted out well.

Not only does one of our fashion favourites in Orlebar Brown help us through delivering a punchy varient of materials for beach attire and exquistie tailored shorts, but they have now created the OB #SNAPSHORTS app which gives you the opportunity to select your own favourite holiday snap, upload it to the app and submit.

Further still at the end of each month the best chosen image and its uploadee will work with the OB design team to bring that very image to life with your own bespoke pair of shorts in your selected size.

It is a fantastic opportunity to channel your inner Adam Brown and immerse yourself in what OB is all about. I found the app very simple and engaging to use which resulted in sifting through my photos for quite some time to see what would look best on a pair of shorts. Its a brilliant little tool. We advise also popping over to the website for a look at some inspirational images and the latest collection on show. Be sure to follow the simple steps below to and give it a try yourself, you might just win a lovely little pair of OB Classic Bulldog shorts for summertime.


            Download the #SNAPSHORTS from the App Store or Google Play Store.

 Enter the journey to create your own shorts.

      Snap and position your photograph.

Share your new design using the hashtag #SNAPSHORTS for your chance to win your very own OB Classic Bulldog shorts.