Rogues Gallery: A Study in Style - Sherlock Holmes10:00:00
It's been just over a week since the climatic (if somewhat cliched) finale of season 3 of the BBC's brilliant Sherlock and I am already missing it.
I've been a fan of Sherlock for many years, reading many of the stories in my teens and being raised on the Jeremy Brett version by my mum (she is a murder-mystery obsessive). The modern adaptation of Sherlock is a fresh and welcome change to the skewed view of the deer-stalker wearing detective we all think we know.
Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock is a man of the times, embracing modern technology and fashion with a carefree and indifferent edge that makes his style so appealing. This apparent lack of interest in anything other than "the game" belies a clear need for structure in his life and his uniform shows this.
Rarely seen out of formal wear, his suit is a suit of armour for this flawed hero. He shows that a suit doesn't restrict, rather that it empowers. Seeing a man run (literally) all over London in a suit, it is clear that fit is key and finding the perfect suit is a labour of love rather than a thankless chore.
I've selected some of the key pieces and iconic looks from the series and found a few style-steals to help you channel your inner Baker Street Irregular.
First up is the iconic over coat
Never seen in bright colours, the unusual inclusion of this purple Dolce & Gabbana shirt is still a staple of the Sherlock wardrobe. Purple is a great colour for most men, rich and warm, it's strong without being garish
You can't contaminate a crime scene with finger prints so a pair of leather gloves are a must for any gentleman
Finally we come to Sherlock's days off. Not one to don a hoodie and I doubt he'd know what a onesie is, he does seem rather partial to a dressing gown (or 3.)
Here's my break down on those must-haves:
- Peter Werth Morton Reefer Jacket (House of Fraser) £174: The classic combo of double-breasted & houndstooth will keep this coat stylish for years to come. Get it dry cleaned before you store it for summer.
- River Island purple pin-collar shirt £30: The skewed formality of the collar pin is a little more classic Holmes (think the Downey Jr movie version) but modern enough to be suave.
- ASOS leather gloves £20: A good basic piece of wardrobe kit, these gauntlet shaped gloves will keep your knuckles toasty while on your phone (although your iPhone won't work with them)
- M&S Winceyette (god i love that word) dressing gown £17.50: Part Hugh Heffner, part home comfort, all about the Sunday morning malaise.