the Balmoral Test. Ever since life got more casual, the Off Duty Wardrobe is the one that requires serious attention – not least because it’s where we’re meant to look effortless and uncontrived, two conditions that, the older one gets, require increasing amounts of effort and planning.
Society is judgy, even when it’s pretending to be saintly. Plus we all feel and look better when we’ve got it right. Conversely, the off-duty wardrobe full of fourth division rejects – trainers you bought when you had no idea there were nice ones out there; T-shirts with slogans that haven’t been relevant since 2007 – are dating and ageing.Serially good off-duty dressers – Katie Holmes, Sienna Miller, Yasmin Le Bon, Camille Cottin and Gwyneth Paltrow – twigged this fact of life early on and approach their purchases as they would any on-duty investment piece, ie, with care and consideration.
Their artfully slouchy trousers might have an interesting waistband. Or the cuffs of their shirts will have beautiful buttons.
The stripes will be the right distance apart, not always in predictable navy and white but, now and then, in contrasting blocks.Read more on telegraph.co.uk